The two boys

There is a dog, now eight years old, and he’s sprawled out on my floor.  One ear still stands as tall and proud as he, the other has crumpled atop his head, giving him the appearance of a battle scarred warrior.  At first, it bothered me, and now I think it only adds to his character.  He is still noble, and regal, and handsome.

He earned that ear.

His eyes are soft the majority of the time, though they can become hard, and so can he, in the face of danger.  He is steadfast and strong, calculating and methodical.  Serious, even when he is goofy.

And there is another dog, just 12 weeks old, sprawled out in his kennel in much the same manner as his elder.  Though his ears both stand, when he arrived, he matched his “uncle”.  Perhaps it was not such a remarkable thing, but, to me it meant something.

And this dog, with his ears that stand tall and proud, and don’t quite fit the rest of him yet, is silly, daring, and whimsical.  He knows no enemies, only friends.  He is a feisty, spirited boy, with not a care in the world beyond who will pet him next, and who will throw his ball.

On occasion, much to the chagrin of his (involuntarily appointed) mentor, the younger will sit next to him, and stare upwards as he wags his tail.  Of course, the older has no use for the younger, and would happily see him banished from the house, but every now and then the sable sprite will be indulged with acknowledgement, which consists of little more than a glance.

I do love watching them sit next to each other, if for no other reason than to take in the present, and (eventually) past interacting with the future.  The future has some mighty big paw prints to step into, and for awhile, they will be cumbersome and awkward, but they’ll fit.

Sure enough, they’ll fit.

Flail on,
– Classical Spazz

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~ by ClassicalSpazz on April 17, 2012.

3 Responses to “The two boys”

  1. Very moving and how true, Stauss is regal and will always be regal to me.

  2. Brought tears to my eyes, Jackie! What a beautiful piece, so well written, and so heartfelt!

  3. Absolutely beautiful.

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