I want to share a short, feel good story about one of the loves in my life. Sometimes I have so much to share, it seems overwhelming. There are times where words just tumble out, then there are times where there is too much to say. That is when I get writers block, which is where I have found myself this week. Rather than struggle, I decided to just write.
As many of you know, we have a gaggle of grand kids and our dog, Komi. Komi is MY dog. She decided that in the truck on the day we brought her home. She looked at me and then at No Baking Papa and placed her chin on my arm and sighed. She had made her choice. She follows me everywhere I go. If I am away, she goes on a hunger strike and waits at the door for my return. She loves me unconditionally.
Komi also loves her kids. They are HER kids. She loves them all. It is hard to explain the difference in her personality when the kids are around. They bring out the best in her.
She listens for the car door slamming. Kids racing to the house with giggles and laughter. A race to be the first person greeted by Komi.
This is love.
This week we had the kids overnight. Too many kids for the number of beds available. I put two of the girls to bed on the couch in the family room. Komi positioned herself between the kids on the couch and ottoman and fell asleep. I locked up the house, kissed the girls a last goodnight and called Komi to come to bed. She didn’t budge. I called again and she put her head down and wagged her tail to let me know that she wasn’t moving. She was on duty for the night.
I went to bed without her, which felt odd. She always goes to bed when I do. During the night, No Baking Papa got up to check on them and as he came down the hall he heard a low growl. Komi was on guard. Once she saw who it was, she wagged her tail and hung her head as if to say, “Sorry!” But she didn’t move from her self determined post.
At 5 AM she came to the bedroom door and gave one sharp bark as if to say, “Hey, it is time to get up! My job is done, the sun is up!” I got the message.
After breakfast we headed to the park, Komi’s favorite activity of the day. The kids took turns ‘walking’ her. In reality, she walks them, but they don’t know it. She walks slowly with the little ones and fast as she wants with the big kids.
After her big explore through the bushes looking for bunnies, we stopped to let the kids play on the equipment. Komi parked herself on the cool grass and watched them play.
People, bikes and dogs came and went. Komi watched them with little interest. Sitting on the bench next to her, I heard a low growl. I looked down, Komi’s eyes were directed at a man coming up the walk. She sensed something that I was oblivious too. I held her leash and watched as she kept her eyes on this one man until he was out of sight. Komi was still on watch.
Who could ask for more?
Yep, this is a love I trust!
Komi left this earth 9/19/2017
It was her time. It was peaceful and time for her and I to take this journey. I stayed with her the entire time, she wasn’t scared. She gave me a big comfortable sigh as she fell asleep.