Sunday, December 29, 2019

UNDERSTANDING SASSIE, 26. Sassie and Goldie

Understanding Sassie: A Novel of Dog and Human Communication

Sassie could not believe her eyes.  Goldie was in the large, inside exercise room and off-leash.
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  UNDERSTANDING SASSIE  

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I coached and edited for Helen through my Write Your Book with Me endeavor.

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