Such joy and delight is shown in those wags!! Some of you know I was away from the girls -Mae-be Baby and Ruffles- for a few days for a special Mindfulness and Skills training to help the children and families I work with. I call that my “Day Job”–and I am delighted to have a good job and one that I believe does make a contribution to the greater community.
How is it that leaving my sweet dogs can make me feel so bad? I made sure to brush them before I left, had plenty of their regular foods and treats, even got peanut-butter flavored dental chews! I gave the pool new water, and also filled the water dishes.
And yet Ruffles is following after me – all the way to the gate. She is watching me closely,
perhaps to see if a dental chew yummy will fall out of my pocket, but this time her tail is not waggling. She is holding it up– usually that means “I’m interested, but what are you up to?” Oh but then, her tail drops just a little and to her left, and I think I perceive the look of “Where are you going?” Then I feel my heart energy drop a little–is it to MY left? And I feel some sadness.
We daily go through some form of a good-bye ritual–as I leave for work, church, interest groups, watering the front yard where they cannot see me as well, and most of the time it is just fine. I do admit that sometimes I save an extra treat to bring out right before I depart. I know both Mae-be and Ruffles will take their individual goody and run to a favorite lie-down spot for a satisfying chew. That’s my version of distract and run!
But I suppose the balance to this sad parting is the amazing welcome I get upon my
return!! Such joy in every jump, sniffs all around, friendly and loving licks to my hands and legs–nose and ears if allowed. And the tails! Oh my! How do they do that? Wag those short stubby tails so fast!! It is almost a blur with Ruffles! Mae-be does side curls and jumps in the air! We sometimes call them donuts (at least a croissant!) and the vocals—such soft cooing—“Arooo Aroooh Arooahah”–that’s the best I can do! Not a bark, but a sweet soft sound that speaks of their love and joy.
Wolves especially greet in this way, with their own whines and soft yips. And some people have tried to explain to me, “Oh of course they would try to lick your face! Pups get food from their mother’s mouths.” Perhaps, but the cooing and soft small trills sound more like Welcome Home! And I love it!
P.S. While I was away my dogs were very well fed and given good care from my dear friend Ann. And she also heard the cooing sound!! (It really is different from their other sounds!)
- For Love of a Puppy (lookingforless.com)