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Amy - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today... — LiveJournal
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
Mickey stood over the twin grill with a squirt bottle of lighter fluid that made the flame shoot higher and higher almost licking the side of the front porch, and I spotted a dog lying in the street. I opened the gate slowly so I wouldn’t startle it while peering between the two parked cars. The dog’s head jerked up when it saw me. I held out my hand, palm up, and baby-talked her over. I could see that she was just a puppy, a big Rottweiler mash-up mutt with paws the size of the steaks that Mickey had just thrown onto the fire.

I made sure that her introduction to Steve was smooth, but my caution was pointless. As soon as I secured her into the front yard, her butt waggled in the air daring Steve to play and Steve was happier than I’ve ever seen him, the ridiculous smile matched his ears that were in racer-mode, and he ran in circles around her until he flopped over from exhaustion.

Could I keep her? Four hours into our relationship, I decided that I would take her to the vet today, hustle her into obedience school for a smash course in house-living, and I’d already started calling her “Amy.” But I can’t keep her in the house, not without her knowing the simplest of commands, can I?

I gathered Steve’s bed, bowls of food and water, a toy, and a worn t-shirt that had more than enough of my scent, and put it in the indoor sun porch. After listening to her throw herself against the windows and door for a few minutes, I decided that maybe the outdoor dog run on the north side of the house would be best. It has a six-foot fence; there was no escape route for her.

I was wrong. She must’ve leapt over the fence and back into the front yard where she met me when I went down to check on her. Okay, Amy. I dragged the bed/food/water/t-shirt/toy onto the front porch, and I sat with her for a few minutes rubbing her ears while she stared right into my eyes, and I promised her that she was safe.

A half-hour later, I walked downstairs to check on her, and she was gone. She must’ve hopped the front gate, as well, and Amy was back on the streets, no wiser about lying in the middle of the road than when we met.

All day I’ve been hoping that when I pull up to the house tonight, she’ll have parked herself in front of the house waiting for dinner. I doubt she will be, but if she is, I’m not letting her escape again. She’ll be more than a welcome addition to the family. Even Steve approves.

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pretzelsalt From: pretzelsalt Date: May 30th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope she shows back up - that's a great face.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: May 30th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope she comes back also.
Nice entry T.
be well
From: kelly_green Date: May 31st, 2006 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww. She looks like she has some lab in her, is it just the angle? I hope she comes back!
creactivity From: creactivity Date: May 31st, 2006 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
She may just be a roving pup who can't fathom permanence.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 1st, 2006 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you're absolutely right; she had no sense of home. But she also didn't have any idea of what a car could do to her, either. I hope she travels safely, and maybe our paths will cross again.
From: thevadge Date: May 31st, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a kissable schnozz!
ridiculicious From: ridiculicious Date: June 1st, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww. I hope she comes back.
quuf From: quuf Date: June 1st, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a little heartbreaker. I hope your kindness planted a kind of homing instinct in her.
notoriousbrb From: notoriousbrb Date: June 2nd, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know people like Amy. You'll see her again.
littlezen From: littlezen Date: June 3rd, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
She is adorable. I pray she is safe and you see her once more.
poodler From: poodler Date: July 11th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

No Return?

I guess she didn't return?

Speaking of returns, will you be in New York City any foreseeable time this year?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: July 12th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: No Return?

Nope. Haven't seen her since. I sure hope she's okay, and settled into a family that appreciates her.

I'm going to be in DC the week of the 24th, but not in NYC. I miss the city so much, but work just doesn't take me there anymore. AS soon as it does, though, I'll surely let you know.
poodler From: poodler Date: July 12th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: No Return?

By the way, Glen's son is moving to Pasadena/LA in August. He's putting together a portfolia and gearing up to return for ANOTHER batchelor's at some design school in Pasadena (he wants to design cars). We'll likely be in LA before you're in NYC.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: July 15th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: No Return?

When you and Glen make it to town, you have a nice dinner out on me waiting for you. I'd really love to meet you guys.
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