Monday, October 08, 2007
Dog gives comfort
I hope you feel better soon
London, ON, October 2007 [Click to enlarge]
Animals can be remarkably perceptive beings, and ours seems to be no exception. Frasier's been particularly affected by Zach's injury: Whenever he isn't bounding around the house, he hovers close to the wounded warrior, almost as if he's guarding him from further harm.
Although Zach's been worried about the dog bumping his leg, that concern has slowly eased as Frasier seems to have learned to give the bright orange cast a wide berth.
The other day, Frasier wandered into the living room and without warning bounced into the crook of Zach's arm as he lay on the couch. Zach had been having a particularly bad stretch: cramps, pain and a generally cruddy mood. The dog seemed to know that he needed a little TLC as he buried his head - a la Finnigan, for old Mr. Dressup fans - into him and nuzzled him until he nuzzled him back.
It was a quick, poignant moment in the life of a dog and one of his favorite people. It was a quick, poignant lesson in how a pet can weasel his way into our lives in ways we could never have projected when we first brought him home.
As we approach the four-week mark since this happened, the father in me continues to feel frustrated that I can't simply fix this. We're busy with preparations for his upcoming bar mitzvah while the phone continues to bring challenging news of sick parents and in-laws from back home. Our 12-year-old son consequently finds himself with a lot of weight on his shoulders, yet a 20-pound dog found a way to divert his attention, even if just for a moment.
It was enough to make me believe that his silver lining is just around the corner. Perhaps.
Your turn: An animal's sixth sense. Please discuss.