When Jerry drove us to the forest last month, I thought he was feeling adventurous. When he undid the leash and collar, I thought he wanted me to feel free while running and frolicking. When he rushed back to the car, I thought he went to get our frisbee. Soon he got in and started the car. I wasn’t sure of this new game and didn’t know the rules so I ran after, but he sped off. In a hurry, he even ran over my paw.

Life in the wilderness was hard. A human pelted stones; a wild animal pinned me down. There was hardly any food, none fresh. And it rained a lot. It was cold. And scary. But these nice people rescued me. At first, I barked them away, but they waited patiently. I was tired and hungry, and the treats smelled nice. When life’s been cruel, unexpected kindness can be unsettling. I was scared but I trusted them. You have to be vulnerable to find love, that’s life!

They took me to the shelter, fed and bathed me. And then to the vet. The nice lady there treated my injuries. They spoke in hushed tones about finding a microchip but Jerry not wanting me back. I can’t say what happened. Sometimes in life you get punished for being a good boy. Maybe his priorities changed. I just hope he’s in a better shape than when he took me in. It was nice to be a part of his life.

Three nights ago, this little girl told the nice rescuers that she wanted me. I could sniff dog scent on her pullover, but she looked sad. I offered her my paw; she smiled. They took me home, offered me food, clean bed and new toys. And waited for me to open up. Last evening, I wagged my tail after a long time. It made her happy. For every homeless, there’s a home in desperate need. We just have to keep looking.

Maybe today I will ask for belly rubs.


PS: Hope nothing was lost in translation.

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2 years ago

Hello Vishaal – This lovely story didn’t lose a thing in translation! What a kind creature your dog is – he even has forgiven Jerry, which is a bit hard for us humans to do! Hope he gets lots of treats and belly rubs. Good writing!

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

Well done, well deserved, a very well written story, very touching too.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
2 years ago

It’s so nice to read stories where some details are halfway hidden and you only discover them the second time you read the story. In your case, it’s in my (slow) understanding that not only the dog but also the girl had gone through a traumatic experience. A sad story with a happy ending. Thank you!

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
2 years ago

Nothing lost in translation there. We all wonder what happened with Jerry.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

Hello Vishaal, I have just read your profile, and I hope that by connecting with different writers here, you can make sense of this world in the many different topics written and posted, and perhaps even through the many styles of writing.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

Wow! Well written. It was so touching and carried me away. I remember my dog “Kingkong” who died for an unknown reason.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
2 years ago

Congratulations, Vishaal. A well-written story!

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