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Living with Crazy Lady: A Beagle's Perspective

Updated on March 22, 2015
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ocfireflies is a retired teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in English/Secondary Education.

Living With a Crazy Lady

Ruff! Ruff!

Perhaps, I should continue telling you what it is like in human talk.

Living with Crazy Lady is Rough. Rough.

Don't get me wrong, Crazy Lady takes better care of me and that cat than she does herself.

She has a bed for me in different rooms in our home. She feeds me and that cat wet and dry food. She gives me a dental treat every day and regular baths. She has taught me what the word, "STAY!" means which is really hard to do since I am a Beagle. When I see a rabbit, I want to chase it.

When I said living with Crazy Lady is "Rough," what I meant is that I love her so much and it makes me so sad when she is having an especially tough day. I do what I can. I stay by her side. I paw at her hoping I can get her to go outside. I smile at her and wag my tail. And, sometimes, she smiles, tells me I am her bff, and even goes outside.

Lately, I have noticed that she has taken down some of the window coverings which is allowing for more light. I like it when she sits by the window and writes down words. I overheard her boyfriend tell someone on the phone how he is worried about Crazy Lady, but that he is hopeful because the grass will be growing soon and Crazy Lady will go outside more often because she takes such pride in mowing her own lawn. And even though I do not like the loud sound of the lawn mower, I will be with her. I will not let her out of my sight.

That cat of hers thinks he is some kind of king. And because I know Crazy Lady likes it when that cat and I get along, I do my best to share her with him. In fact, there are even times I am grateful that he is around for sometimes Crazy Lady sits staring while raindrops from her eyes. On those days, I sit on one side of her and that cat sits on the other. Crazy Lady pets us both which is why that cat thinks it is okay for him to also go along with us on our occasional walks.

Our walks are the best. Crazy Lady does not say too much. She just looks up at the sky and it's like the clouds lift from her eyes.

That cat

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      ocfireflies 2 months ago from North Carolina

      My Dear Shyron,

      I have missed you and all my HP friends. I only have a data plan and no wifi. I am once again hoping that will change and I will resume a more active appearance. It has been a long time since I have written anything. I am sad that you can relate for depression is such a cruel thing, but I am feeling so blessed to hear from you.

      Blessings and Thank You, Thank You for not forgetting me,

      Kim

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      Kim, my friend I miss you, I hope you are well. Tell your beautiful beagle I understand what he is a saying.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank You MzyMsLizzy for your lovely comments, and thank you for sharing such a wonderful memory. Your grandaunt must have had that creative juice flow we all love as writers.

      Many Blessings,

      Kim

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very well done; both as an anthropomorphic short story/diary, and as a look into the value of pets to our mental health.

      It put me in mind of letters I used to get as a child, from one of my grand-aunts. She and her husband never had children, but they had a little Doxie named "Scamper." She would write to tell me about the news of the day, but as if Scamper had written the letters. They were delightful, and I rue the day they got discarded as I moved into adulthood.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Genna,

      So blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for your kindness. I completed understand how life forces us "into unwanted sabbaticals from HP at times." Please be patient as I make my way over to enjoy your hub station and all the wonderful work you produce.

      Kim

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Sorry I’m late, Kim. (Work demands force me into unwanted sabbaticals from HP at times). I love this unique and poignant point-of-view and personal story. (Hope things are better, dear friend.) M final comment echoes Billybuc’s: I am such a fan of your writing! Voted up and much more.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you peachpurple.

      Kim

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you got your imagination going well, I think you understand your beagel very well

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Don,

      Thank you for realizing the goal of the piece. Smiles.

      Kim

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      Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      So Funny! I am sending this to my Cuz, in Virginia. She is going to love it. That look animals give us is so darn telling at times, isn't it?

      Thanks for the pick-me-up.

      DON

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      Sounds like you may spoil your dog as well. Smiles. Thank you for your kinds words. I hope you are doing well, too.

      Max,

      What can I say? Your response is better than my short piece. Crazy Lady's beagle says "Hi!" Smiles.

      peachpurple,

      Greetings! Thank you for reading for the vote.

      Blessings to All,

      Kim

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      You sure know whatyour doggie is thinking, voted up

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      Max Havlick 2 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      DEAR BEAGLE

      An American Sonnet

      Dear Beagle living with the rough assignment,

      I think you're right about the crazy lady

      to whom you made spectacular commitment

      and now receive your rich warm reward already.

      You seem to understand the ways of people

      who sometimes slump through ups and downs of sadness

      but will return to you the love of your example

      and overlook occasions of your beagle badness.

      It seems the universe makes adequate provision

      for sen-tient creatures such as you and she are,

      especially when they share a common, loving vision,

      and do not overlook the differences that they are.

      You prove good beagles and good humans close together

      can help each other thrive, no matter what the weather.

      Max Havlick

      Villa Park, IL 60181-1938

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Oh Kim, this is delightful, funny and a little sad. The long winter and lack of sunlight can be tough, but the crazy lady can always find a little sunshine in her best friends forever. We have a Jack Russell terrier, and yes, he's got a basket in the bedroom and one in the living room, but sleeps on the bed or on our laps. What would we do without our little friends? I hope you're doing well. Loved this!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      girlpower,

      I am so sorry your good day turned on you. You are right. Accepting what one's body limits is imperative. Glad you are here now. Peace to you as well.

      Kim

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      girlpower 2 years ago from eugene oregon

      you mentioned feeling paralyzed and not able to get out of bed, well after my usual work out, i decided to add a few more laps around the inside of my small house, well i flared up my sciatic and i feel paralyzed and it takes me five minutes to get out of bed, my bad leg is all numb, ouch, with MS there is such a fine line, what you can do one day, the next will come sneeking up on you. Trying to enjoy a day in bed, reading, doing surveys for money (only cash surveys) and just relaxing and accepting once again what my body limits are. Peace out, i am here now.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Catherine,

      Thank you for your kind words and votes. It makes me feel as if I did okay on this one if those who do not have pets can find it beautiful and interesting.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      This is charming and absolutely adorable. And I don't even have pets, but I can appreciate why the beagle loves Crazy Lady and vice versa. voted up, B and I.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      CriSp,

      Thank you for flying by and sprinkling your own magic from the sky.

      ♥Kim

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hard to really find out Kim but I'm pretty sure if we look into our pets eye, we can somehow tell . I used to annoy our "Oreo" (cat) by looking at him eye-to-eye and he'd more often turn his face away from me and I can almost hear him say, "leave me alone lady!". Lol!

      Pity, I can't keep anymore pets in the house. Severe allergy spoils it all!

      As always, I enjoyed this read.

      Love and twinkle to you from the sky~

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Kevin,

      Thank you for the votes and shares. I suppose the main goal of the piece was to show how one's pets can appear to be really in tune with their owners.

      Suzette,

      So good to know you love beagles, too. And I kept going back and forth on whether I wanted to use raindrops or rain drops. I went the latter for it seem to give a greater punch.

      Bill,

      The feeling is mutual. ☺

      John,

      Thank you for the vote and continued support. It is always nice when the weather warms up enough to take down some of the coverings and let the light in.

      Jackie,

      I love you, too. Thank you for the v+.

      Faith,

      You are absolutely right: our fur babies are so much more than pets. I am glad you had the white poodle by your side on a night when you needed comfort. As always, I appreciate you and your ongoing support of votes and shares.

      girlpower,

      Greetings. I have a cousin who has MS and she tries to exercise as much as possible as well. I have good days and bad days. On the good days, I do get exercise. On the bad days, I become paralyzed and just getting out of bed can be challenging. Also, thank you for the follow. I will be doing the same. So nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings to All,

      Kim

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      girlpower 2 years ago from eugene oregon

      Touching story, living with mental illness is challenging and my heart goes out to you.. I have Multiple Sclerosis and I fight feeling down, i found out that exercise helps me chase away the blues. Keep writing

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kim,

      They do offer so much comfort and unconditional love, even on our worst days. Our pets and animals in general can sense when something is not right and will stay right there by one's side in protection mode so that no other will intrude.

      This is beautiful and thank you for sharing so profoundly here.

      I remember when I was dating my future husband, whose family hat a white poodle, and at one point I was so terribly upset about something in this life and distraught, and you know that dog never left my side the whole night. He would even growl if anyone tried to get near me. It never really paid me much thought before until that day.

      Hugs and much love to you and your fur babies.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Does seem our animals know so much and if they could only talk I know we would be amazed. God loves you and so do I. Blessings in all things! ^+

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is touching Kim, a wonderful and subtle way to put your situation out there. I often wonder what our pets think of the way we act. I know they are definitely in tune to our emotions. Thank you for sharing this very personal story. I do hope things are improving..opening the curtains is a good sign. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am one of your biggest fans. I think that says it all. :) Keep writing, Kim!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is beautiful Kim, I agree. You have a beagle. I love beagles! And the cat is beautiful too. Interesting write from the dog's perspective and point of view. Your writing is always so interesting. I am glad you have the beagle and the cat around especially on the days "raindrops fall from your eyes." This is so poignant.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was beautiful Kim. It was funny too. I am not sure what you were trying to say, maybe because I am not a pet owner but it was interesting to read. I voted up, shared and Tweeted it.

      Kevin