How do dogs know just what to do when you are sick? All day long, I’ve dragged myself around the house fighting some sort of bug. And all day long my Sophie has followed me around, offering a paw here and a loving look there.
The two-legged people in my life called from time to time – yes, they hoped I felt better, and yes, I believed their good intentions….BUT, they also expected (and hoped) that this or that could get done or taken care of, somehow.
Not Sophie, though! She pitter pattered after me at a comforting distance – just close enough so that I knew she was with me, so that I could hear her sighs and little woofs to let me know that the mail man was at the door, or that a birdie had just flown too close to the window. She asked for nothing, and even understood that her walk had to be short.
My favorite moment today was when I sat down at my desk, thinking I should get to the stack of essays and feeling too poorly to do so….Sophie came right up to me, put her paw on my lap, and gave me a giant smackeroo … thank you, Sophie!