Back in the early 70’s, there was a popular song by Jim Croce titled “Time In A Bottle”. One of the lines went something like this: “If I could save time in a bottle, I’d save all my moments with you.” I’ve always liked that song; but until this morning, I had not given it much thought these last 20 years or so. Truthfully, I’m not sure why it popped into my head today. Still, it’s a perfect description of my bond with each of my dogs including my beloved poodle, Kissy, who is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge.
The bond I share with each of my current dogs is as unique as the dog herself…
Callie is my “Pack Assistant”. She is my oldest “fur-child”. As a puppy she was easy to house train for the most part. She loved to curl up next to me on the couch or in my husband’s lap. And, she loved to play. As the oldest pup in her litter, she was the peacemaker when any of her siblings got into tussles. She carried that role of peacemaker into our lives when Ducky joined the family and “picked fights with” Shadow. Callie is my self-confident dog. She knows we love her and is content to just be near us.
Shadow is my middle “fur-child”. While only six months younger than Callie, she enjoys the motherly attention and protection that Callie has bestowed upon her since we first brought her home from the breeder. Shadow is my “needy” dog. If we wanted to pet and love on her 24/7, she would gladly accept the attention. Especially since Ducky joined the family. Shadow was “the baby” for nearly eight years and craved the attention and other percs that status provides. She gets a little jealous when Ducky gets some of it now. I do my best to give her the same amount of love and attention that I always have, but in her eyes I probably fall short (except when Ducky’s at daycare).
Ducky is my shelter puppy. My resource-guarding, territorial, anxious, shelter puppy. Our vet calls her our “special needs dog”. She has “grown up” a bit in the last year. While the resource guarding and anxieties may always be a part of her, I’ve learned how to work with her. She is a quick learner when it comes to “obedience” cues. She just gets distracted easily. Ducky, more than either of her sisters, has taught me to be more patient. She has her anxious moments; but she also has more calm moments than she did even a few months ago. And she loves us unconditionally, just as we love her.
If I could save time in a bottle, I’d save every precious moment I’ve had with my girls. And every moment yet to come. They have each left their paw prints on my heart and soul. They are a part of me. I will love and treasure them forever just as I do Kissy.
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