The Amazing Flying Dog

The Amazing Flying Dog.

Dogs do amazing things that surprise us. Animals have been known to save their loved ones from fires and disasters. They make us laugh at their high jinks and cry when grow old and leave us. They listen intently as we pour our souls out to them and sit by a child with chicken pox. Some dogs round up cows or sheep others guard homes and properties. There are hero dogs and once in awhile there are villain dogs, but how many dogs fly?

Bella as we called her was a fawn boxer with a black nose and four white stockings of varying heights on her legs. Most weekends I took her with me up North to our country home. Each morning she ran along with me as I jogged down the country roads that roamed east, west, north, and south from the Chalet. The morning was wet with rain from the night before, although the sun shone over the ripening fields of corn, I decided to leave her at home. She jumped on the bed and watched me, her stubby tail wagging back and forth in excited anticipation as I tied my running shoes. “Not today,” I told her as I hurried down the stairs and headed for the great outdoors. As I stretched I could see her nose pressed against the wavy glass of the bay window. I gave a quick wave and headed down the winding lane toward the road.

I took the road straight out the drive. The beginning of any run always made me wonder why I did this. It took me awhile before I got my legs under me and into the zone looking for that euphoric high that comes with pumped up endorphins. Finally, I was there, in that place that runners seek when I thought I heard a noise behind me. I shrugged it off and kept at my pace. The noise became louder refusing to be ignored. It sounded like clicking on the pavement. I turned around to see what followed me in such a rush. I stopped dead in my tracks. Bella raced towards me full throttle like a missile locked into its target. When she caught up I scolded her for following me, but instead of hanging her head and tucking her tail down, she scurried off into the field to nose around. I called her back and together we turned back toward the house.

I started jogging, slowed to a fast walk and finally an easy walk with pink tongued Bella dripping foamy saliva walking content and happy beside me. My mind raced trying to figure out how she got out of the house. I closed the door behind me. No windows were open due to the heavy downpour the night before. How did this naughty boxer find a way out? It couldn’t have been my parents… they had not come up to the family Chalet that weekend (they were attending a wedding). My girlfriend at that time was at work and besides, she would not have let the dog chase me down the road. The mystery of how she got out kept me pondering all the way home.

Once in the house I went from room to room checking the windows and doors downstairs. Everything was intact, nothing broken. Later in the morning Bella and I were outside in the back yard, I was sitting on the terrace having my breakfast. I just happened to peer up at my bedroom window. Something looked odd. It looked as if the screen had been punched out. I set my coffee aside and flew up the stairs with the dog at my heels. Mystery solved: Bella had run up the stairs, across the four poster bed, hitting the screen at a full run. The screen broke open and she had to have flown out the upstairs window. To this day I picture her flying through the air jubilant and free. I imagine that she landed hard on the ground softened by the soaking the night before. Surprisingly, she broke nothing, had no scratches or injuries of any kind, but for a brief moment she was the amazing flying dog that flew out a window and down a road to share a morning jaunt with the master.

A couple years later, Bella died of cancer at the age of five. I miss her terribly. She was my running mate, my sweet companion who made me laugh, and to all who knew her the amazing flying dog.

Jangaplanet ©

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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Oh sweet Bella! I know you miss her. What a beautiful dog.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a precious girl and friend. Boxers are great dogs. I am sorry for your loss. Our hearts never forget our furry friends.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you Silva Hayes. I do miss her, but having memories will always bring comfort- not just for me but anyone who has ever lost a pet. Thanks again for stopping by and kind comment, I appreciate it.:)

Hi Hyphenbird, It is hard to loose a pet. She always made me laugh, but thinking back brings such a good feeling and almost always brings a smile. It is true, we never forget them. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment, much appreciated. :)

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Cosmic Bus 4 years ago from Maryland

Beautiful story! So sorry about Bella, but glad she brought you so much joy! We recently adopted a Boxer and I adore her...

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Cosmic Bus, thank you. Yes she was a great dog, lots of fun. I will surely be reading your hub. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Amazing story!

Bella brought so much joy for you!

Sorry to learn that she had cancer.

Never knew animals could get cancer!

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yoebaree 4 years ago from Romania

I always feel so sad when I hear about animals suffering. I lost my dog too, I know how you feel! Beautiful hub!

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi thumbi7, thanks! Unfortunately animals also get cancer, especially dogs. Thanks again for stopping by and the kind comment, I appreciate it.:)

Hi yoebaree, I understand, it is always difficult losing our furry friends, as Hyphenbird said above as well. It is perfectly normal to feel this way because they do become part of the family. Sorry you lost your dog too. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.:)

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great hub which I am voting up and also looking forward to reading many more by you.

Take care


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you very much Eiddwen, that is very kind of you! Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated! :)

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Jenny Calender 4 years ago

Just sitting out on the porch with my dogs reading hubs :) GOod hub to choose!

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Jenny Calender, Thanks! Wonderful feeling sitting on the porch outside with our furry friends! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful hub. I am so sorry for your loss, my friend.

Take care. God Bless, Kamalesh

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Kamalesh050, thanks! very kind of you. Thank you for stopping by to read. I appreciate it !

Take care my friend! :)

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

What a lovely story. You told it so well that your love for that clever dog shines through every word.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi christopheranton, thank you for your kind thoughts. There is nothing more wonderful than the Human-Canine connection. Bella always provided companionship and was always eagerly ready to follow me around.

Thanks again, much apppreciated!

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have lost about three and it does hurt so bad. They seem so human and are so loyal. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you Jackie Lynnley, It's difficult to lose a pet. I understand completely how you felt, and it does hurt. We make them part of our families, and we tend to ask so much of them, and yet they ask nothing in return from us, humbling.

Thanks again for dropping by, much appreciated! :)

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girltalksshop 4 years ago

Awww...such a sweet story of devotion and companionship from a canine friend. I am sorry you lost your running companion. I could feel your pain through your words. Bella was incredible...what a sweatheart wanting to go with you that day so badly she flew out a window to do so. I was sad to hear of her loss. It is difficult to lose ones pet. I have lost several over the years and it never gets easier. Thanks for the visual of your dog's 'wonder years'. : ) Voted up and awesome, of course! You are a great writer, as it left me feeling as if I was running right there with you even to the discovery of the broken screen.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you girltalksshop! very kind of you! We always miss our furry friends. It's difficult to lose them for sure. Feeling sad is the most prevalent and strongest emotion we feel, when they pass away. Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows how much love they bring to our lives.

Thanks for stopping by, and was glad my words took you on a visual journey, running with me, bella and you ! :) I appreciate it..

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rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi

I love this! Your sweet little dog. It's a funny thought to think of her flying through that window in mid air lol. Im so sorry that you lost her. I have lost one that was so dear to me and it does hurt so much. Thank you for this wonderful story. It made me smile :)

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks rls8994, When I imagine her flying out that window, I still laugh.:) She really was something else! Dogs are incredibly loyal, and I think the only fault they have; are how short their lives really are. Thank you so much for dropping by, I appreciate it.:)

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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

As always it is a treat to read your work. Since I am a huge dog lover, this one really touched me. I have no doubt that your dog flew through the air with a dog smile on her face! So sorry for your loss - they do wiggle their way into our hearts - Well done janagplanet!

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi duffsmom, that was very kind of you, thanks! Facing the loss of a pet is tough. Dogs teach us to live in the moment. It would be nice if they lived longer. I can't get the image of her flying out that window! Haha, too funny! especially now that you mentioned the smile on her face, makes me laugh even more! Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

Michelle 4 years ago

Beautiful story!! Dog is truly man's best friend. They don't need much but yet give us a lot...unconditional love, loyalty... I lost a dog too but as you said nice memories remain. :))

Thank you for your article!

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Well thank you so much Michelle! :) It's so true.. a dogs unconditional love and loyalty is one of the most purest ever! I love animals. Thanks for dropping by, and your very kind comment. I appreciate it! :)

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A beautiful and memorable hub on your sweet dog, Bella! Your dog was so loving and never left your side! Sorry that your dog had passed away. May her soul rest in peace. Thank you for sharing your story about your beloved pet with us.

Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful and Interesting. Voted up.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi ishwaryaa, Thank you for those kind words. She was gentle and affectionate. A very sweet and devoted companion. Thanks for stopping by, and the vote as well, I appreciate it. :)

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samislam 4 years ago from Vancouver, WA

I'm sorry to read about her passing, but this hub is a great way to honor your puppy's legacy. Thanks for the good read!

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi samislam, you are most welcome! She was a great dog. I appreciate every single moment I had with her. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, much appreciated.

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Collisa 4 years ago from California

Beautiful tribute. It really is heartbreaking to lose them. We still miss our Duchess. I wrote a tribute to her on my blog, which helped to process the loss.

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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you Collisa. I fully sympathize with anyone who grieves for the loss of a pet. Especially a dog! we tend to embrace them as an actual member of our family. I totally agree, it is an extremely emotional and heartwrenching experience. It is good to write about it. Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)

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