3.01.2012

March 1, 2012

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army have had enough of the gusty canyon winds that have plagued us the past few days. They do not like the rattling and howling noises. They HATE the blowing sand that in seconds fills their noses, eyes and coats every time they set paw outside. They are torn by 60 degree temperatures that lure them to lie outside on the deck in the sun and the flapping shade cloth that casts scary shadows and moans at its moorings like some huge crazed bird of prey.

We have spent a lot of time napping deep in the house where the outside noise is muted. And playing fetch the stuffie in the tight quarters of our living room to burn of some Spring Fever. And asking for belly rubs. The WDA is bored enough to patiently be brushed knowing at least there will be a treat at the end. Steve has capstone projects of graduating students to critique tonight so he has an unexpected (for the pups) late night.

Later, after Michael has gone to bed, I have promised to let them help me bake cupcakes for him to take to school tomorrow to celebrate his birthday. He has requested vanilla cakes with mint icing (green) so the White Ones will be able to taste test as well as supervise. I am hoping that will at least temporarily raise spirits...nothing like cake baking and licking out the bowl.

Puff gave me a present today... One of those moments that you live for when you have a rescue dog. She is by far our shyest girl and many may remember it took her a long time to even allow us to pet her. She will sit at Steve's side and tolerate his holding her now but she is not outwardly very affectionate.

Still Another White Dog came and sat quietly next to me as we visited blogs this afternoon. After a time, I felt her tap my leg and looked down. I petted her and let her know I was glad for her company then returned to the keyboard. Again, she tapped me and stood indicating she wanted to be picked up.
Really? I gently petted her some more and reached down expecting her to drop down and move away. She didn't; instead she leaned into my hold and let me lift her into my arms. I couldn't believe it and was prepared to set her down at her slightest insistence.

Puff shifted to position herself in the cradle of my arms and rested her head on my shoulder! She wanted me to cuddle her! Afraid to breathe or move lest she change her mind, I sat feeling her warmth, holding her tightly, with my cheek resting on her neck. I wished Steve was here to see and share this soul-filling moment but on some level I was just as glad that the whole world had faded away and it was just Puff and me.

14 comments:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

These are some very special moments.
Thank you for sharing them with us.
Its like a miracle was in process.
love
tweedles

ForPetsSake said...

Oh, these are those breathtaking moments that we live for, indeed. I could feel through your writing how powerful this moment really was. I had a similar one today while doing Fenway's nails! Happy March to you :)

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

How very sweet of Puff - she is very smart too, she knows who will protect her. Precious moment to treasure.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Nola said...

What a sweet moment. Thank you for sharing
Dachshund Nola

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24 Paws of Love said...

Simply beautiful.

Jo's World said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet Puff story. They can be so shy and scared until they are sure of you, and once they are, its for good!

Hooray for Puff!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Brian said...

Oh my, that is just so Puff wonderful and made my heart smile too!

Random Felines said...

awww Puff - we are so happy for you. Mom has those moments with fosters sometimes...and she just sits and soaks it all in.

Remington said...

Great moments....thanks for sharing....

meowmeowmans said...

Oh, Sue, that is so wonderful and amazing. Your narrative of Puff's gift to you brought tears of joy to my eyes!

Ginger Jasper said...

Those words made me just feel that moment and how wonderful it must have been. That is one of those moments that you will be able to pull from memory and savour again and again.. Hugs GJ xx

Anonymous said...

Mmmm..now I want a cupcake. Those sound yummy!

Aww..that is so sweet. Those are the moments that mean so much.

Sagira said...

Oops...the last comment was from us. We hit anonymous by mistake.