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.

17 comments:

Sonia said...

What a synchronicity, Carmi. Just now I read your current post. And I hope your son will be fine very soon! You took a very beautiful photo!

Thanks for your visiting and comment! Have a nice week ahead!

Lori said...

Animals are very perceptive. I remember crying into a dog's soft ears more than once in my childhood days...and how patient they always were.

The worst thing for a parent is to see his/her child sick or hurting and not be able to do anything about it. Here's hoping your son will be mended soon. Lovely photo of him...

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely post Carmi...And so true how animals sometines have a keener sense of what is needed than humans do....W act so superior to animals but in truth, they are waaaay superior to us in so very many ways---and the intuition sensitivity is quite amazing.

Thank you for your very dear words about my photography and the words that go with it, but you are too modest Carmi...I don't think you need any lessons from me, or anyone else! (lol) You are a master at what you do....And you know exactly how to do what you want with your camera for the results you desire---This is a gift, that I don't think can be taught---Like "Perfect Pitch"....you either have it or you don't, and my dear Carmi---YOU'VE GOT IT!

Bob-kat said...

Pets have great healing properties.

The silver lining is there, keep the faith! Hope all turns out well soon.

Sarah said...

Yes, our animals, who become such a part of our lives, know when we need comforting. My cat, Samson, will not leave me alone and is VERY vocal when I'm upset about something. My other cat, Tucker, will get up on me to lay down and just look at me like "it's okay mama, I'm here". What I would do without them I just don't know.

Gill said...

What a stunning photo! Dogs are amazing that way. We had a much-loved daschund when I was on bed rest, during my first pregnancy, many moons ago - that dog never left my side unless my hubby forcibly took it outside for a stroll, the rest of the time it was there on the bed with me. A faithful friend indeed.

Heidi said...

Animals can be incredible... their timing perfect...

So lucky for Frasier to have found you guys and for you guys to have found him.

Heidi said...

P.S. WHAT a GREAT photo!!!!

TJ said...

People with pets heal faster and live longer, tis a fact! :-)

Dogs especially as they are pack animals. Cats just seem to look at you and think, "gawd...does this mean it's going to take longer for you to get the food in to my bowl?"

I understand your frustration as a parent. We like to think we have super-powers to protect and mend and it's agony when we can't. Been there.

Beverly said...

Your posts about your children bring tears to my eyes. You do hurt for them when they are hurting and you want to be able to fix it.

Adopting that dog into your family was a wonderful thing for him, and for you all too.

MorahMommy said...

Life is so stressful in our house right now, whether is be Zach, parental news from Montreal or Bar Mitzvah preparations or just general day to day crazy.

But it's amazing how our little bundle of grey energy just perks us all up!

I think it's more of a case of "we are lucky that we found him, than he found us"

He is truly part of our family and he often helps bad situations feel less stressful.

MorahMommy said...

Oh, the picture also reminds me that Frasier needs to go to the groomers!

Woof!

MissMeliss said...

Puppy kisses make everything better, even when you're an adult (and the dog is as well).

I was wondering how Zach was doing, but felt silly bugging you to ask after him.

Here's hoping the cruddy mood breaks, the pain goes away, and it all happens SOON.

P.S. Late, but with no less sincerity, happy Thanksgiving.

Lara said...

my cat always seems to know exactly when i need comfort. she'll lie still and let me hold her, even though she usually starts squirming if i'm in her space too much. she'll lick my tears away, literally. she just knows what i need and it's great.

Joan said...

Animals - especially pets - never cease to amaze me. The Hubby and I have been ill the last couple days, and our normally quite vocal cats have been quietly watching over us the whole time. They even set their own squabbles aside to give us some peace for a while.

But animals' sixth sense goes beyond their humans' current state of body and mind. I once had a dog who nervously tried to warn us of an approaching gale hours before the humans of the house had a clue. It uprooted a large tree in the front yard, but the family was safely guarded.

And then there was my cat, Sandy, who joined our family when I was in first grade. She was getting along in years by the time I left for college, and I was terrified she would die before I came home for vacation. Just before I went away, I asked her to wait for me. A few days into Christmas break, the first time I'd come home, we had to have her put down. The vet said she'd likely been ill for quite a while, and there wasn't anything that could be done. Call me crazy, but I believe that cat waited for me, just as I asked.

It's wonderful to see your little Frasier comforting and watching over your family. And you have such a knack for capturing those special moments, Carmi. We're keeping your family in our prayers. May you all find strength in these challenges, and may they be overcome soon! :)

hanulf said...

How sweet! Yep - animals definitely have a sixth sense...

Jenny in Ca said...

you take great photos, this one is wonderful. Really, really sorry that your son is suffering and that your family is facing so much stress right now. Our pets do seem to know when we need a hug, one reason we have them I suppose.