The way you stare at me when I am studying or working.
Ever watchful, smiling.
The way you smile and jump for joy when I become happy
and get out of the way when my mood turns sour.
The way you kiss little children and people in wheel
You who love without limits, without preconception- in pure radiance.
The way you kiss your cat friends, a true cat dog. How can I forget when
you spied Mazy (your boy friend, a large standard poodle)
and his mother driving their car through the parking lot-
How you ran up to the car and jumped up on the side of the car to kiss Mazy-
as Mazy extended his very large body through the car window to kiss you.
A real life "101 Dalmatians" love affair. How excited and
happy you become as we drive by Mazy's house or visit his mom.
The way you are jealous of your cat brother, Sindar,
if you think he is getting to much attention. Yet, how you love and
miss him when you are separated. He loves you to.
The way you try so hard to please me if you think you have done
and the joy when you think you are forgiven.
The way you smile with understanding.
The way you kiss me when I go to sleep
and greet me watchfully in the morning,
patiently waiting for a sign of life
and responding with a tail ceaselessly wagging.
The way you press your wet nose against my leg while we're
letting me know you are there and that you love me- a soft kiss
The way you kiss me every time I arrive home and
can't wait to get my socks for our "sock game". A true sock fiend.
The way you think every neighbor's apartment is your own
and go through front doors as if you belonged- everywhere.
The way you treat every neighbor as a friend-and how you give
them a cheerful
barking reminder if they don't come out to greet you right away.
The way you never forget a place, a friend.
The way you play in the ocean, always the first to jump in
and splash, beckoning me to throw the ball,
the way you love the cool water,
the small crashing of waves on the shore,
the ocean breeze,
the smell of salt water,
the sand for endless digging,
the warm sun,
the small ocean birds for chasing
The way you are the first to look up if an airplane flies
or turn you head if an ambulance passes.
The way you retrieve balls thrown into the ocean,
ever a watchful eye, sometimes swimming the waves, sometimes
patiently waiting till the ball comes close enough to shore to retrieve.
The way you gently return the ball to my hand
and await your reward- a kiss.
The way you love to find seagull feathers on the beach and
bring them to me
for our little game of "magic feather retrieve". The way I toss sea weed in the
and how you love to rip into it and proudly bring me the pieces.
The way you gently snuggle up to me when I am reading in bed-
looking for a tummy rub... and yes, how divine are those back rubs!
The way you patiently wait in the bathtub for ten minutes while
I attend to other things, allowing your shampoo to works its
way into your glistening white coat.
The way you and I eat together on the floor- how you never
touch my food, even if I walk away, patiently waiting for what
"scraps" I may leave when I am done. What self control
The way you wait for me in the bank, nuzzling little children,
carefully adjusting your stay to always keep me in sight
and lovingly advancing with me on line
if that is what I choose.
The way you sense and anticipate my every wish,
never wishing to displease me, always wanting
to be a "good girl."
The way during your adolescent "crisis periods,"
I would sit you down for long father/daughter talks-
and the way you would seem to listen, as if you understood my words
and change your behavior to that of a "good girl." Sometimes I think
you understand a lot more than I give you credit for.
The way you drink your water on my command when I ask if
The way you love when I throw the ball way up in the air
and then acrobatically jump to catch it in mid air.
The way you catch when I throw to you on the run.
The way I throw the ball behind my back
and your quick dashes to catch it.
The way we fake out larger dogs who try to steal your ball
by our sophisticated passing and receiving formations.
An NFL pass receiver would be envious.
Watch out Jerry Rice!
The way we frustrate beginning dog obedience classes
by your "mean" master having you retrieve balls while you run through their
- causing every dog to try to chase after you
with frustrated owners holding on to their leashes for dear life.
I never said I was perfect.
The way you forgive my bad moods and know where to hide.
The way you walk by my side, without chain, without leash,
simply because you love me and wish to experience the joy of being beside me.
The way you obey the down/stay while I run on the track,
turning you head to make
sure you always have me sight.
The way you run and walk, so graceful, like a dancer.
The way you go after "junk food"- an incurable
The way you and your cat brother alternate eating ice cream off of
patiently and excitedly waiting your turn as all three of
us finish our desert.
The way you play "bite"- so gentle and loving.
The way you love to play with your Squegee (Squeeze) toy.
The way you rip into it and on command immediately give it back to me for more fun-
play growling as I pull it from your mouth and loving every minute of your mock
Oh, yes, and I must not forget how you always know where your favorite toy is- always.
The way you bark- that high pitched Eskie screech,
so annoying but so reassuring.
How I would miss it.
The way you learned to "rub" against me from your cat
finding another way to show your boundless love and devotion.
The way you dig moats around me on the beach and then stand
not letting any other person or animal invade "our beach home".
The way you smile, God how I love the way you smile- that
The way you have taught me to teach you.
The way you fell asleep in my arms as a puppy.
The way I remember seeing you for the first time
and knowing instantly your name and that you were mine-
The way you coughed away the first six months of your life yet
never stopped playing,
not for a moment.
The way you chewed the carpeting a
puppy- along the fringes
to avoid notice.
The way you jump over puddles and avoid closed
(and open) manholes.
The way you toss the pillows when I go out- a brief bout of
The way you "down stay" off leash in front of the
Always faithful, awaiting my return.
The way you kiss me every time I feed you, grateful for your
The way you love to go to Nordstrom's (Petco), your favorite pet store
and run down the isles, smelling all the wonderful dog treats and finally getting
yummies from the people at the counter. Shopping is FUN!!
The way you walk down the aisles of the local Barnes and Noble
with me- off leash and
loving the attention you get from amazed store patrons. The way you stay
by me as I read the books and browse through the magazines.
The way you greet complete strangers- with love,
kisses and total
The way you lay down and lovingly watch
me while I work. I, no less an object of her love, than she mine.
The way you play with puppies and love to "take
advantage" of their clumsiness-
regardless of size.
The way you remember friends you haven't seen in
months and years.
The way you subtly reminded me one day when I was distracted
that it was time to leave the dog park
by walking over to our parked car (on your own) and sitting next to the driver side front
patiently waiting for me to notice your absence and your desire to leave.
The way you patiently reminded me that I had forgotten to take
your for a morning walk
by coming over to my computer desk, wagging your tail and giving me a kiss.
A computer widow indeed.
The way you whisk your tail against my foot to get my attention
I have been working too long at the computer.
The way you obey instantly while interpreting every single
do you ever stop thinking?
The way you can retrieve a ball,
at the same time barking with the ball in your mouth
and not beneath swooping "junk food" from the ground on your return
and then sit down perfectly in front of me with a grin as if to say,
"Am I not a good girl?".
The way you greet me upon returning from a long trip, crying with joy.
The way you amaze those who don't know you with your beauty and
near perfect obedience. Tasha- who
obeys from love and is truly free.
The way you have taught me the boundlessness
of love. One can never have too much.
The way you care for me and try to cheer
me up when I am sad by doing the "little" things.