I decided I have a job now. An important one. It’s to bring smiles and laughter back to Mom and Dad. I think I know how to do that.
When Dad gets in his chair I jump on top of him and snuggle in close. He smiles and pets me. That’s an easy one.
When Mom grabs one of my toys and throws it from the family room into the kitchen, I run and chase it and bring it back to her. But I don’t let her have it. She loves to play the chase and grab game with me. She chases me, grabs for my toy, and I run. Around and around the coffee table, up and down onto the sofa, from the family room to the kitchen and back again. We play this “run around” game almost every morning. She laughs when I put all four paws out and fly off the couch, getting “air” like in basketball.
We play ball outside now too. She’d kept the tennis balls hidden in the garage all those months because Rex the big dog was too old to play with them. He thought he could run and chase like he did when he was young, but his arthritis caused him to hobble if he exerted himself. Now, the rough, no-longer-yellow-but-still-good, tennis balls came out. Boy, how I love the ball! I chase it, skid on the patio when I get close, and grab it in my mouth. Mom laughs if I miss and come up empty, but shhhhh….she doesn’t know I do that on purpose to make her giggle.
So life goes on at our house. A little different. A little somber. But I’m trying my best to put the fun back into life for them. And for me too. I’m a willful, pigheaded, mulish little mutt but Mom and Dad love me. And I love them.
I plan on startling them every once in a while with new tricks. Just you wait and see what this whippersnapper of a dog has in store. I think they’ll be surprised. Joyful love and abandon will again rule this roost. I know that would make Rex very happy.
Woofs and Wiggles to you Rex. You’ll never be forgotten.
Love, Charlie Bear
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This is it, the last of my “Something to Chew On” posts. I’m retiring now to help Mom work on my book. You probably like FREE STUFF, just like I do. She’s going to give away free copies when it’s released later this year. Want to be a lucky winner? Just comment DIRECTLY on this BLOG SITE and you’ll receive one chance in the drawing for EVERY comment you’ve made since I started posting the “Something to Chew On” series. The more comments you make, the more chances you’ll have. Woof!