|Shaddow & Sophie|
After I feed the little girls (Sophie & Chiquita) in the morning, I take them out to do their business before I leave for work. Shaddow usually stays in bed. She might pick her head up and give me that "s'up" head bob, before once again relaxing. I don't worry about it, because she is a *very good* dog!
Shaddow came into my life when DKW and I began dating in Dec. 2008. DKW has had her since she was a 2 month old puppy. She turned 12 years old in August of this year. She very relaxed and mellow. I've never heard her bark at a human being, but she will bark at critters occasionally. At her age she moves fairly slow and doesn't get too excited. The most excited I've seen her get is when I get home from works and the little girls are bouncing about wanting attention, she will start bouncing too, with the same "You're Home! You're Home. Give me some attention!" action. So I end up scratching the heads and backs of all three.
This morning though, Shaddow went out with the little ones, and after finishing with her own needs, walked over to where I was watching the little ones and nuzzled my hand. I scratched her ears and she gave a little "whuff" and sat down beside me. This took me by surprise because she had never done it before. I rubbed her head and asked if she was ok. She stood, nuzzled my hand and then leaned into me as she walked forward. She stopped a couple of steps in front of me, just watching Sophie & Chiquita sniff about. She then turned her head, looked at me, and then dropping her head, walked back up on the deck to be let back in the house.
Now I know people give animals credit for a lot of things ("transference" is what its called) that they aren't really doing. So maybe that is what I'm doing, but in that moment, I felt like she was telling me that she was leaving behind two fine girls to take care of DKW & I when she is gone. *sigggghhhh* I do love the old girl. I hope she's around for a long time to come.
Just sharing a moment.
Everyone have a great day!