Let Me Walk Beside You

Walk With Me....

Although there are some that are unable to sense the silent messages of our furry friends, there are those that communicate on many levels. The communication could be sign language, a spoken word, a gentle touch or a special song. Kindness goes along way when nurturing a relationship.

I was blessed to meet a Malamute that needed me far more than I knew. He put on a strong front that made me think he was determined and willful. He came from an abusive home and felt compelled to shred paper to soothe his unrest. Some call me the dog whisperer, because I am able to communicate with both dogs and cats. I speak to them and they just seem to understand what I am saying or asking them to do.

The Malamute ran circles around me, stared me down all the while I was left vulnerable in a clearing. He did not know how to communicate what had happened to him, and I was reluctant to try and understand his needs at first. I too became determined to reach him, and the moment that it happened was simply put....magical.

I started to sing to him whenever he was around, but he still would not allow me to touch him. The next time he was scared and running circles around me, I would get on the ground and sing to him....rock-a-bye-baby. He came within arm's length of me and I reached out to touch him, but he ran away about 50 yards and looked at me. As our eyes met I continued to sing to him. He was so smart and magnificent, who knew that this one moment would bond us for the rest of his life.

As the days forged on he began to trust me and I trusted him. His character was unique, his physical stature was strong and beautiful. He soon learned that he did not need to fear any longer.

One day, I was speaking with a neighbor on the other side of the fence. He paced back and forth between the fence and myself. He became more concerned about my welfare and stood beside me barking. I looked at him and replied, "What? I can talk." He grabbed my hand into his mouth and pulled me from the fence. How wonderful he was to be so concerned about me. You see, he was protecting me from the neighbor and I was too close to the fence, and he needed to get me to move back so that he could protect me.

The neighbor had a dog that looked like it could do me harm. Whenever it would come near me the Malamute would put himself in-between the other dog and myself. That was just his way and I loved him for it. Whenever danger was nearby he was very much aware and he put himself in harm's way to protect me.

He was so smart and I was always amazed. He could turn the outside faucet on by turning it with his mouth. He tried to open a door by turning the handle. When we went for a walk he listened for the dog that would creep up on me and put himself between me and danger once again.

As he approached the age of 12 he let me know that it was my turn to protect him. The next dog that meant harm would worry him and caused him to whimper; because he knew he was too old to protect me.

No matter how difficult it was for him to walk the boundaries of a large yard he continued to do so a couple of times a day. Then the day came that he could barely walk without assistance and I needed to make a very hard decision. I would need to let him go no matter how much I did not want to. When the day came he was walking just fine, but it was too late to turn back because I knew it was only temporary.

The Malamute that was once scared but tried not to let it show grew to be my best friend. I understood his need to be dignified and strong. I was with him until the end wishing our paths would be joined for many more years, but I needed to put him before my needs and it was time.

Once you are able to reach an understanding with your pet it is just as simple as speaking to them. I do not need to say the word move or push them out of my way. All I need to do is say, "Excuse me." We can learn so much from our furry friends if we open our hearts and allow compassion to flow. Each of them holds a special place within our life and our heart. Be thankful for every moment that you have with them. Before you know it the time is gone and all that is left will be the memories.

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Forever and Ever....

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Fate brought us together

Compassion was the key

Bonding us forever

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I am wishing that you were here

I think of you often

Even today I still shed a tear

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For you my friend . . . . .

Wishing it never had to end

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I think of you often my dear friend.

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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

A friend is a friend even if it's a pet dog; they care for humans and vise versa.

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