Sunday, March 7, 2010

Catching Lightning In A Bottle

As we prepare to take Emma and Jackson back home, I've been thinking about how I'll miss certain things about them, and also about how peaceful our house will be again.  It has also made me reflect on a few other things.  It's reminded me about how much I love our girls and made me think about what that magic lightning in a bottle is that makes us really bond with certain dogs.

Emma looks so much like my first greyhound, Treat, that I found myself doing a double take on a few occassions.  She's the same age Treat was when she died and just like our girl, she doesn't act like she's ten years old at all.  On our evening walks, Emma was the lead dog, heading out as far as the leash would let her go to the front of the group, enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells.  I was hoping that she'd really cozy up to me this week, but she has been a lot more interested in being friends with my husband.  That's a good thing in some ways, because I still miss Treat on some days.  The fact that she has the same attitude about her walks as my girl warms my heart.

Jackson has tried so hard this week to be my new best friend that it has made me laugh on quite a few occasions.  I've never had a black greyhound of my own, and I have a soft spot for the really big boys.  I love how goofy and sweet they usually are.  However, he isn't mine and I know that he never will be.  I've been affectionate with him, but I'm not smitten with him.  The magic just isn't there for me.

Bunny had made no bones about the fact that I am hers this week.  She hasn't been glued to me on the couch every minute, though.  She's confident that I belong to her, that I know that I'm hers and that the other dogs know it, too!   From the first moment we met in the adoption kennel, she had her claim laid on me and within a few weeks of her being here in our house, our bond was set.  That's not to say that I don't  have a special bond with Lilac and Blueberry, too.  I do, but it's different with each of them.  Lilac comes to you on her terms.  Blueberry prefers to be just a bit aloof, as long as it's understood that we adore her.  Bunny is the one to let others know that she has a claim, though, even if it is in her own subtle little way. 

No wonder she gets whatever she wants from me!  She has a way of watching me to always know where I am and what I'm doing.  I guess this is just because she needs to have this knowledge.  If she's comfortable sleeping on the couch at night, she'll stay there awhile after we go to bed, but I always wake up to her sleeping beside me.  When we go to the nursing home or to school, she happily entertains the people we visit and takes in their attention and petting, but she always returns to my side.  Companionship like that can't be bought, but it's worth a million dollars!  I'm not sure what it is that makes that magic happen, but it's wonderful when it does.

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  1. I think the matching pinks seal the deal!

    Khyra & Khousin Merdie

  2. I haven't had to many clicking experiences with dogs, but I have only clicked with one horse. Its hard to put into words what makes that "one" more close than the others.

  3. We all have different relationships with our humans and sometimes they change over time. Bunny sure is sweet and that coat looks really warm and stylish.


  4. How very true that we have different relationships with our pets.

    I just adore the two lovelies in pink! What a fantastic picture gal!

  5. I agree, the relationship I have with both dogs is quite different although I love them both to bits!
    Bailey is more independent and outgoing - easily forms relationships with others.
    Martha has formed a relationship with me and thats it!
    Still working on human bonding and attachment theory I live in the hope that she will be able to transfer that to others .......
    Loved the pic of the two of you - lovely pinks too!
    Have a nice weekend.

  6. Yep,, company has a way of making you appreciate just what you have!!!

  7. I've had that same magic twice, with my departed dog Acadia and with K. It's amazing... worth millions and millions of dollars. It's not describable to someone who hasn't felt it. But, if they've felt it, they know it.

  8. Very interesting discussion, and the matching coat are too cute! (Well, Beth and I both have red coats, though we're not always wearing them at the same time....)

  9. pretty in pink for sure
    pibble sugars and wee wags
    the houston pittie pack

  10. You both have the same good taste in fashion too!!! Wiry wags Eric xxx

  11. What a lovely post. I love the insight you offer. Bunny will be relieved to see Emma and Jackson leave, but she'll probably miss them a bit too, as will Blueberry and Lilac. Loved the mommy and me happy photo and the pink outfit with the scarf. :)

  12. Oh, I LUVS your matching coats! You're both SO pretty!

    And I knows exactly what you mean about having a special bond. I knew the moment I laid eyes on my mom that she was mine. She knew it, too, but it took a little bit to convince my dad that it was true love and not just a passing fancy. It's a Most Special thing, isn't it?

    Wiggles & Wags,

  13. Was it the way she was leaving little sticky notes all over you that said "Mine"?

  14. Bunny!
    I know you are very special!
    And you and your mom look beautiful with your matching pink jackets!
    Kisses and hugs

  15. She loves you - she really loves you! Not that it comes as a surprise - but it's cute the way a little competition ups the ante. :)

  16. Those special bonds are truly priceless.
    We love the picture of the "girls in pink"!

    Emma Rose

  17. Love the matching pink coats :)

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus


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