Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Dog

Posting this blog every day would be a lot easier if it weren’t for my dog—who happens to be a Dane. Don’t get me wrong—I love my dog. It’s just that she has no respect my time or my space. I’ll be working away and suddenly I’ll feel a nudge at my elbow…an insistent nudge. And then the weight of her head on my arm…which makes keyboarding downright tricky. And she won’t take, “No!” for an answer. But who am I to argue? She weighs more than I do and oh, my…those eyes! Who can resist?

So again and again during the day my train of thought is interrupted and the flow of words comes to a halt while my dog gets her way. I stop to pet her, or to play with her, or to take her for a walk. Except that she tends to wander off so I have to keep her on a leash even though we live in the country. Otherwise there’s no telling where she’ll end up…and I’d hate to lose her.

Famke came to me at the age of seven months…the first six of which she’d spent with an abusive owner. We’re trying to make up for lost puppyhood, but you can still tell. She cowers if you reach out to touch her too quickly. And she has a little oppositional defiant streak in her which is unusual in Danes.

Nevertheless, I cannot resist the mesmerizing rhythm of her wagging tail. I can’t fathom the yearning in those deep gray eyes. I can’t overstate the healing power of warm dog breath.

Wouldn’t you like to pet my dog?

Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them,
then filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.”


  1. She looks as if her skin would be like velvet. She does have a beautiful face.

  2. My cats do the nudge when I'm at the computer. They constantly tap me and meow. :-D
    I stopped by as part of the A-Z Challenge!

  3. Hello - found you thru the a-z challenge. I quit my job in 1999 to write full-time. Best of luck to you.

  4. She is beautiful. I don't get child broody - but I do get dog broody - ohhhh she's adorable - worth every nudge and distraction I bet!

  5. Gorgeous pup! I love my dogs too, but yes they can get in the way of writing. (For my beagle it's constantly nudging a ball in my lap to be thrown!)


  6. Aww look at that face! Dogs are so wonderful, but like you my dog also demands a lot of attention (even after play and walks and cuddles), and it's just never enough. But I take it as a sign of love - they want to be with us and have our full attention. :)

  7. Oh my, Famke is a beautiful dog! I can see how she'd be a big distraction.

  8. Hi Jan,

    Beautiful girl you've got there. Yes I would like to pet her!

    I did my D after our pair of dachshunds.