Stay.

Reblog from Kelly Barnhill. Be thinking of her today. Nutsrok

Kelly Barnhill

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My dog is bathed and dried and wrapped up and next to the heating vent. I got her to eat a little this morning. She drank some watered-down unsalted beef broth (organic, because she is worth it), and it felt like a miracle. I’m sitting next to her, my computer on my lap, pretending to write my book, but really I’m just looking at my dog. Keeping close.

“Stay,” I say.

She thumps her tail.

“Stay,” I say again. She closes her eyes and groans she pushes her nose against my leg with a sigh.

When we live with dogs, we have a set of words that our animals are trained to obey on cue. We say sit, and they sit. But that isn’t always what we mean. When Harper was young – a gnarly, snarly, scruffy little street dog, narrowly escaping Death By Dogcatcher – I would say “Sit”…

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2 thoughts on “Stay.

  1. Thinking of your and your sweet dog today. You’ll be sure of an enthusiastic welcome when you meet again. I’m looking forward to having several old, dear animal friends when my time comes!

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