Right now? I'm running. I'm running as hard as I can. Gulping for air as I run after Her. I can't let Her get away this time. I push harder, every muscle burning as I strive to catch Her.
She's got my boys.
She starts to pull away from me. And I'm running out of energy.
I just can't seem to catch Her. Push! Push! Push! Why aren't my legs any faster?
Finally, discouraged, I slow down to a jog.
She pulls even further away.
Until I watch the headlights round the corner.
I find myself about a half mile from home, paws slightly tender on the gravel under my feet.
Even though I am trying to be dignified, a small sob escapes me.
I turn around and start trotting towards home.
Along the way are my friends Copper and Moon. Well, Copper is a friend, anyhow. Moon is a little stuck up. I don't think she likes me so much. But I go off-road for a minute to say hi to Copper. Through the wooden fence boards, we greet in customary fashion, by sniffing scent glands.
When I smell him, a vision of his day passes. I see the sights of damp earth, morning walks, Kong-chasing, and dry kibble. I guess when he scents me he smells the wood stove and babies and cats and chickens.
I don't stay long. I'll be in trouble if I'm not home when She gets home.
I round the corner and head up towards the house, wary of the mean old rooster Crockett. I don't see him anywhere, so I head up on the porch to my doghouse.
The aloneness hits me, and I howl a few times in sadness. I want my family back. Briefly, I wish that they would give me doggie valium for these alone moments, like my friend Shasta at the shelter, before I got adopted. She chewed her back bald and afterwards got doggie valium daily.
I could totally go for some doggie valium right now.
Resigned, I lay down to chew my toes and count the moments until She returns.
I hate waiting.
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