The painting is done and the boys are back home.
Every time I pick up Benny from boarding he looks at me in amazement. I do not think he believes I will come back. Old abandonment issues are still buried deep within the dog. He was walked out and just looked at me. He was quiet, not too excited, but stared at me with great wonderment. Then after a second or two he came up to me and cocked his head the way Coco used to. I talked to him and picked him up. The reunion was complete. He kissed my face and all was well with the world again – his world.
I always have them bring out Benny first so he has a moment to settle down. Then they carry Kirby out.
Oh Kirby. In just a few short days he has aged. Really aged. He looked so tired and weary and skinny.
Kirby has a degenerative eye condition but now all of a sudden I realized that his left eye has a large cataract – that all too familiar clouding. It just makes him look so much older. Kirby is the sweetest dog and never jealous of his brother. Kirby let them put him down on the ground and I walked him outside. I knew they would both have to go to the bathroom so that’s what we did.
They both went and walked back in tandem. We settled up the bill and I put the dogs in the car seat, and they cuddled up together. Let’s go home!
When we got home I put Kirby up on the couch so he could rest. He had his toy with him and he very quickly fell asleep.
I started to unpack their food and meds and other things and was not watching them.
When I turned around what I saw warmed my heart. Benny, who is not allowed to jump on the couch without permission, had very quietly gotten up there and was cuddling with Kirby. I started taking photos and they both just were so comfortable together. At one point Kirby put his foot over Benny and Benny let him. Then both boys fell asleep. I left them there, knowing they were so happy to be home and together.
Kirby used to take care of Coco and let her sleep holding him or resting on his little body.
Now as Kirby ages, Benny has assumed this role instinctively and lets Kirby rest on him.
We can learn a lot from our dogs about patience and caring and how best to nurture those we love.