The stretch as she wakes up, her nose already smelling her dehydrated breakfast and first laps of water. Her manic, jubilant rampage around the house before she drops down and naps with one paw on me. Her luxurious fur glistening in the ray of sunshine like a silver veneer, soft to the touch as pure down.
I often wonder what she sees when she looks at me. Am I just the one that keeps her alive and kicking? I’d like to think that she has unselfish love for me, that she would save me from some earthly disaster. What is behind those big, soulful eyes that follow me everywhere? The tail that has its own language?
Does she know love? Memory? Sadness and grief? Can she feel joy and wonder at being alive? I’ve asked her these questions, and after much consideration, she expressed her feelings about a dog’s life.