Pets, but dogs in particular, seem to have an amazing ability to unconditionally love & understand us (often hard to understand) humans. They definitely give us more than we could ever give them.
I don't currently have a dog, but have shared my life with many (I hate the word 'owned') and each was very special. We volunteer at the no-kill shelter though, so I like to think that we have dozens of dogs on any given day.
The book "Chicken Soup For The Soul: I Can't Believe My Dog Did That!", by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Jennifer Quasha, is 366 pages - packed full of 101 short, reader submitted stories about our canine pals - some will make you laugh, some will make you tear up, and some will just make you say "awwwww!!!"
I think we all have a funny dog story stored away somewhere in our mind - mine would be (gather 'round kiddies, it's storytime with Grammy Gigi) - when I was growing up we had an orange Cocker Spaniel named Cinnamon. She spent her days, while I was at school, lounging in the back yard and I'd always rush home to see her as soon as that bell rang. When I was fifteen, I came home one day to find the back gate open.....and no Cinnamon. My Mom was at work and I was frantic. I grabbed the car keys and without any license, but some experience, I hopped in the car and began cruising the streets of our town looking for my girl!
About a mile or so away, I drove by a house with an iron fence around the front yard....and inside, wandering aimlessly, was my Cinnamon. She must have squeezed through the fence. I got out of the car and called for her - she just looked at me. I walked into the yard and scooped her up and put her in the car. She rode home sitting on the floor of the backseat. Cinnamon always loved riding with her head out the window, so she must have been sending me a strong message that the grass was indeed greener on the other side and she wanted to be left alone.
Once home, I opened the back door to let her out. Still, she stays put. So finally I just go to pick her up. I reach around her and that's when I felt it........
My girl was not a girl. This was a boy dog.........this was NOT my dog.
I had just dog-napped.
So great. Now I have been driving with no license AND I have stolen a dog. This shouldn't be a problem at all.
I hastily put the dog back in the car - apologize profusely - and drive back. When I get to the street, there's an older lady in the front yard.....so I just drive by....at like 2 miles an hour....like a real creep. She's definitely looking for her dog.
I cruise the streets for another 10 minutes thinking "Ok, I'll just go up to her and say 'hey - wanna hear something funny?'" (as her dog frantically scratches at the window of our Vega). Finally I see her walking and do what any other honest high schooler would have done. I pulled over and said "Is this your dog? It ran right in front of me (and if I wasn't such a great LICENSED driver and all I'm sure it would have been hit....) and so I put it in my car before it got hurt"
She was SO thankful that I had found "Bandit" that she wanted to pay me $10. I said it was really no trouble and to please keep the money.
I went home and discovered Cinnamon - in the backyard - asleep under a chaise lounge.
She woke up, ran to me and gave me a look like "where have YOU been?"
....................so there's my story - and I'm stickin' to it......................
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