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LJ Idol Exhibit B: Week 8 - A Dog Story

This is my entry this week in the mini-season of therealljidol, Exhibit B. Please read the many fine entries. This week we had to write on two topics. My first choice was "Design Flaw."

Una Smiling

A Dog Story
(for Melody, who asked me how you get through this)

Dogs believe
everything. Sweet and trusting; wet nose
and panting breath. My Una was tender
silly. I loved to smell
her Tostito feet. She jammed herself
into my world: on the couch, the truck,
everywhere that wasn't wet. (I had to buy her
snow booties to protect her sensitive
feet.) She loved cats -- not chasing them
but licking them -- and our kitty regarded
her as Dog Mama. Una helped me see
beauty where others saw garbage.

But here's the thing.
Along with blonde fur, pink nose,
an outrageous sense of humor, her cells
possessed a self-destruction code. Triggered
when my son was born, the organs bloomed
black on the X-ray spelling doom. And I am
sorry you had to hear this. Too many
dog stories end this way. But dogs are born
beautifully flawed: their life cycles
finishing short.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
This is making me think of my kitty I had to put down back in May. They really do become like children to you.

Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
They really do. Thanks and my heart goes out to you.
Jul. 15th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
She was such a good dog. I know how much you must be missing her. hugs
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
She still shows up in my dreams sometimes, sweet as ever.
Jul. 16th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. Two friends and my nom lost a dog this week, so I had to write this.
Alyce Wilson
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
I meant Mom. Stupid phone.
Jul. 16th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Aw. It sounds as if you lost her much sooner than expected, and that she was a wonderful friend to the whole family. :(
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)

Our furbabies go too soon...
Jul. 19th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
Una sounds like she was a pretty awesome member of the family. I'm sorry for your loss, and that it came so soon.
Jul. 19th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Awww! I love the line about her "Tostito feet." *hugs*
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