This evening I came to bed at 11:30PM to find that I was going to have a sleeping companion. Finnegan had gone to bed with Zack at 8:45PM and curled up right beside his boy. The other pup - Lex - who I am starting to call "old man" because he is starting to act like he is an old man, didn't make himself available to go to bed with Zack tonight. While Finnegan usually can't wait to go to bed with Zack, Lex is more particular and tends to find someplace quiet to sleep in the house. As a result, to get him to sleep with Zack, I normally have to call and scream for him. Tonight I decided he could stay where ever he was.
After Zack went to bed, I went back downstairs to do some additional work and then watch TV. I did keep any track of Lex. But as I entered my room in total darkness except from the glow of my laptop as I carried it upstairs with me, I knew there was a puppy in my room. I could hear Lexie softly snoring as I entered the room. Sure enough, once I turned the light on I found him lying the entire way across my bed. Needless to say I needed to re-arrange him so I could actual get into the bed and assume my normal sleeping place.
As I plopped down on the bed I started to wonder if each of the dogs could say just one word, what would it be. I thought about this for 30 seconds and I knew exactly what Finnegan would say. His word was so obvious it really didn't take any thought. Finn's word would be - Love. There seems to be very little other than love that drives and inspires Finnegan. Though I have owned dogs for almost my entire life I have never met a dog that so seeks out love more than Finn. He craves love and he wants to give love. It is as if he really understands how mistreated he had been as a puppy and just wants everyone to know how grateful he is for getting a good home and a chance at life.
The story of Finnegan's early life is not a pretty story. I am not sure if I have mentioned it here in the blog before or not. Finn's entire litter was abandoned, basically thrown out like trash. Some very nice person rescued the pups and took them to the Max Fund, a no-kill shelter in Denver. Though because they were so cute those puppies would have been adopted anywhere. For whatever reason Finn seems to sense what his original fate was and now appreciates every second of life. His ability to display love and receive affection is remarkable. So I am pretty sure if he could say one word it would be love.
Now as for Lex, that is a much harder story to tell and a much harder effort to figure out his word. As I think about it I think his word would be his name. He would just say "Lex". I think this because he is such a unique dog. I have never met a dog that has such a unique personality as does Lex. He can be very loving and affectionate, but at the same time he is aloof and likes to go his own way. There are very few words that can describe him as he is totally his own character. So I really think his word, said with a little bit of snobbishness to his voice would be "Lex". No other way to put it than that.
The puppy who we lost back in July of 2010 was named Bailey. His word if would have been fun. Bailey was all about having a ball or a frisbee in his mouth. He lived to be a dog's dog and to have fun. This may sound a bit funny but he took being a dog very seriously and was so strong. But his goal in life was to have fun - to chase the birds, to catch a ball, to go swimming in a river - that's what Bailey was all about!
I love each and every dog I have ever had. Life just won't be life with out these beautiful souls in my life. If you have dogs stop and take a look at them. Try and imagine what one word they would say if they could say a word. It's a fun exercise and makes you think of what the essence of your pup is.
With that four-legged thought for the evening I will leave you. Though I know so few of my readers like to leave comments, if you have a dog and can think of what word it would say if it could say one word, leave a comment and explain what they would say. I'd love to hear what you all have to say.
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.