I don’t know when God created puppy dogs. It couldn’t be in the original seven days. Anything so special would have to have their own special day. Maybe the eighth day, “and God created puppy dogs.”
I’m watching them sleep. It’s their sleepy time…something that has increased as they have gotten older. Twelve their last birthday. Old in doggy years…even older than me in human years. They will always be our puppies no matter what age. Maddie is on her back, paws in motion as she chases her dream rabbit. Tilly has curled into a not so little ball with a paw warming her nose…as always, her ears are standing at attention.
They amaze me. Maddie and Tilly are both blind, a problem with the genetics of their litter. Still, often you would swear they could see…other times they forget they are blind and run into things…. “Oops, knocked your noggin.” They still know where the persimmon tree is and when a possum is sampling the ripened fruit. The “girls” lay, patiently waiting, not realizing the possum has exited the tree and has walked away from them. They bring me little gifts; a mouse, a mole, a snake. While I appreciate their effort, their time could have been better spent.
Maddie and Tilly have awakened long enough to move outside. With me following, they zigzag down the narrow path to the rapidly disappearing sunlight. Stretching out, they allow the beams of the fall sun warm them. I follow suit and allow the sun and the vision of my puppies to warm me.
At night, Maddie sleeps at the foot of our bed, Tilly beside Linda Gail…until they change…sometimes crawling under the bed to do so. If there is reincarnation I want to return as one of Linda Gail’s puppies. Their love for her knows no bounds. It is infinite…like mine. When she leaves to run errands, Tilly sometimes heads for the bedroom and lays down beside the bed, waiting until “Mommie” returns. Maddie will “lay” guard on the front steps…waiting…barking loudly when she returns, somehow knowing the sound Linda Gail’s car makes. I don’t bark but I am just as happy when she finds her way back to us.
It’s Thanksgiving. I find it easy to give thanks for the big things. Linda Gail, the woman of my dreams that has never been a nightmare. Ashley, and her husband Justin. The grandbabies, Miller Kate the monkey and Noland the…Noie. My brother Steve and his wife Rebecca. Francis, Linda Gail’s stepmother. The family at home we are going to visit. Family in Texas, too far to visit this year. I give thanks for the memories of people no longer able to gather…thanks that they still gather in my mind. I’m thankful for friends who have stood by me in good times and bad…and thankful there have been more good times than bad.
The big things are easy, I want to give thanks for the little things. The sunrise through my French doors as I write. A red-tailed hawk soaring on a thermal, calling to its mate. Squirrels trying to make their getaway through a chainlink fence with black walnuts from the yard. Friday coffee with Hawk. My early morning walks and my return to find Linda Gail puttering in the kitchen.
I give thanks for two puppies, now older and blind…and other puppies no longer with us. Thanks for the love and smiles you provide. The warm memories you have bestowed upon us. We should all take time to think about and give thanks for the big things in our lives. I hope we all take a moment to consider the little things that provide joy and love with no strings attached…like blind puppy dogs. I hope everyone has a thankful and joyful Thanksgiving.
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