Our most wonderful street find was Charlie Rose, Schnauzer extraordinaire. He is always so happy to see us--turning in circles, tail-wagging, eyes imploring, one paw lifted in enquiry as to when the next adventure outdoors will begin... sharing wholeheartedly both joy and sadness, constant companion and foot-warmer, the shadow beneath my chair and the ferocious barker when the doorbell rings (even the one in the pizza commercial on TV--it's hilarious).
Charlie and I spent the day together yesterday doing general canine maintenance--he is such a good boy and lets me brush his teeth without (much) protest, lets me work out the tangles in his super-fine fur and clip the increasingly unruly fluffy fringe around his ears. He stands quietly while I shampoo him with a very unmanly mango-scented doggie cleanser, and doesn't put up too much of a fight as I brush and blow-dry his coat.
Pitbulls and Parolees was on TV in the background during this whole process, and seeing those poor animals who need homes makes me so thankful that it was us who found Charlie--a frightened, dirty little scrap of a dog running madly around the parking lot of a huge mall near our house. If we hadn't managed to coerce him to come to us with meat hastily-purchased from the foodcourt, what would have become of him? So much character in such a beautiful animal... so much love and loyalty to give. Such a shame that his story is an all too common one--homeless, unidentified pets fending for themselves on the streets.
The take-home message? Follow the advice of the wonderful Bob Barker and 'have your pets spayed or neutered'. Give a shelter animal a home by adopting, not buying a companion. Be responsible and tag/chip your furry friends so if they are lost they can be brought back home quickly. The life of an animal is just as precious as that of a human... they are neither objects nor toys. They give love unconditionally and they are faithful forever friends.
I am so thankful that Charlie found us on that dark night over two years ago... he has been a constant and loyal companion through many difficult as well as wonderful times, and I would not trade him for anything in the world.
We love you, Charlie Rose!
They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.