Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
UNDERSTANDING SASSIE, 26. Sassie and Goldie
Sassie could not believe her eyes. Goldie was in the large, inside exercise room
Jane unclipped Sassie’s leash. and she
immediately gave Goldie a Play Bow. It
was like, “Hi, Mom! Let’s play!” Then Sassie
began to run circles around Goldie.
Millie and Jane were laughing at the
actions of the two dogs. Millie
commented, “You would think that these two dogs knew one another!”
Jane agreed, and they pulled up a couple
of folding chairs; they decided to talk while the dogs were having fun
together. Jane began by saying, “I’m
concerned about the weather forecast on Saturday. They predict freezing rain. It is unusual at this time of the year, but I
am thinking it would be wise to cancel the puppy play date. I just do not want anyone to try to come here
when the conditions could be very dangerous.
What are your thoughts?”
As the dogs ran around playing, they had
taken no notice of Millie and Jane. Sassie
was telling Goldie, “I never thought I would ever see you again. You said that man was dangerous.”
Sassie was very happy to see her mom but
was also curious about how she had arrived here. They had found a rope and were now playing Tug-of-War.
Goldie’s reply was a bit surprising but a
truth that Sassie had already learned.
“Man can be a danger, but sometimes men just need us to help them learn
about love.” They both looked over at
the women and decided to check in with them.
Millie was showing off the ring she was
wearing. “Mike has asked me to marry
him. Of course, I said yes. We decided
to set the wedding date sometime after my college graduation.”
Goldie began to nudge Millie’s elbow, and
as Millie gave her a kiss, Sassie sat in front of Jane. “Yes, you can have a treat. You are such a good dog.” Jane reached into her treat pouch and gave
one treat to Millie for Goldie and then got a second treat for Sassie.
“Goldie has helped us to understand
love. She has been a blessing for both
of us.” Millie said this as she gave her
treat to Goldie.
Millie remembered their bad-weather topic
and said, “I do think it would be wise to cancel the puppy play date. With the darkness coming so early during this
time of year, it can be both hard to see and dangerous driving. Black ice is sometimes hard to recognize
during the day but more of a problem at night.
Do you want me to help you call everyone?”
With her permission, I am serializing a chapter a week, on this blog, near-final material from this instructive novel by dog trainer Helen A. Bemis, published by Outskirts Press and available through amazon.com: UNDERSTANDING SASSIE