Sunday, January 23, 2011

River Force - The Three-Legged Dog Speaks

Day 18 of 365

My 32 buddies are sticking with me and all who read. River thanks you!

For Newbies: Here's how the story begins:

Remember the goal: Finding a producer or celeb or anyone who will help make Piper's Someday (the book River stars in) into a movie...

River's words of wisdom for today: "Dogs talk all the time - you just have to listen with your heart."

So, River talks.

And, I talk to River.

Ever been at the vet or somewhere where dog owners are tethered to their four-legged (or three-legged) companions. The dog owners will crack you up. All of them are talking to their animals as if they are talking to their partners, spouses, children, or co-workers. But...and here's the big BUT...usually, the talk is much more even-kieled, much more light-hearted, and much more matter-of-fact.

"Okay, dear, now just hang on here for one more second and when we get home, we'll get that extra treat for you and then when Aunt Belle comes over we can both visit with her, now won't that be exciting?" Dog owner to dog.

Then, inevitably, there's the response in body language of the dog back to said owner. A perk of the ear. A cock of the head to one side or the other. Brighter eyes. Perhaps a groan (if you say, "we're going to the vet"). Sometimes, it's a long suspiration. A sit. A down. Or a turned back. When you get a yawn, they want you to calm's not that big of a deal.

River talks like any other dog. She's made me a better listener. Today, when I asked her if she wanted to go for a walk in the calmest of voices. "River, do you want to go for a walk?" I quieted on the word 'walk' to see if the slowed cadence would garner a different response.

I'm an idiot.

We did our loop in 9.3 seconds. My pants were falling down and River was sailing down the street with a red scarf on and her flying nun ears flapping in the wind. Heather and I were both winded by the time we got back to the house when an Asian man stopped to speak to River.

Asian man: "How long since she had her leg off?"

River: "Wooooooooooooooooooof!"

Me: "December 14th...about six weeks..."

River: Hair up. "Wooooooooooooof! Woooooooooof!"

Asian man: "Oh, God. She's a special dog."

Me: "Thank you for saying that." (I'm now catching my breath and am glad our paths crossed.)

River: Arcs around me and Asian man: "Woof" and a tail wag.

We part ways and then River wants to run as hard as she can up the hill. She wants the Asian man to see that it's nothing.

Nothing to lose a leg. Something to show your dignity.


Ruth and River

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