I came home from running errands today and was greeted lustfully by my two dogs, Walt and Beth. As usual, I asked the question, “Hi!! Hiii! You want to go outside?” This always excites them so they run and run and run in circles but I noticed Walt ran through Emma’s room and to the door behind the kitchen. The door was open and my first thought was Alice, the cat, who is an indoor cat.
Ohhhhhh, no, I thought. The last time she got out, Samuel was so very upset. He cried and cried and wouldn’t rest until I came up with a plan: leave the door open during the night with her food dish full. “She’ll be back, don’t worry.”
He was worried, though. It took him a long time to fall asleep, tossing and turning and sniffling throughout the night.
The next morning Alice was there, at her bowl, munching away and Samuel shut the back door with victory, singing, “Mommy Mommy Alice is here!” For that moment I was the most brilliant Mommy in the world!
I don’t talk much about my fabulous Mutt, Beth. When I found that door open, she proved to me once again how brilliant she is.
I ran around and shut the door and locked it so it wouldn’t get opened again (it probably was from the dogs, earlier when I was out. They can’t open it if it is locked. I must have forgotten.) I walked to the other door and there was Alice.
I am pretty good at being cool when I need to gently get a hold of a cat who would much rather be outside playing with her dog siblings than inside, climbing and playing and getting in my way at the table. We share quite the love though, Alice and me.
I said to Beth, “bring Alice to me.” I was very slow, calm and deliberate and every time Alice made a move, slowly as well, Beth circled around her and nudged her slightly toward me. “That’s good…” I said, quietly. We were all calm and pleased when I scooped Alice up and carried her back inside, thanks to Beth’s gentle shepherd skills.
In the photo, she is the one with her head raised high. The lower seated dog is Walt, great too, but not quite the lover Beth is... she tends to give everyone, especially her animal siblings, kisses in the morning.
Another fact is, after my melanoma surgery I can’t move very fast, anyway, and bending over is done with much finesse. Thanks to Beth, I didn’t have to move fast and the downglide to retrieve Alice was simple.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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