Stop and Go

We drove back into the Valley, got stuck in traffic right away. “Human population in 1900,” Bernie said, “a billion and a half and change. Human population in 2000 – almost seven billion. What else do you need to know?” I wasn’t sure, and at that very moment a cat in a car beside us yawned right in my face. I hate that! “Chet! What’s up?” A truck got in between us, blocking the cat from view. “What was that all about? The human population thing? Don’t worry, big guy.”

Had I been barking or something? I didn’t think so. And I wasn’t worried, not the least bit. I moved a little closer to Bernie. He scratched between my ears, just so. We rolled ahead a bit, stopped, rolled some more. Now we were beside a car with a kid in the back. “Hey, Mommy,” he said, “look at that nice doggie. Can we get one like that?”

“Who could afford to feed him?” said the woman at the wheel.

I laid down.

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5 Responses to “Stop and Go”

  1. Diane Brodson
    3:20 am on July 7th, 2009

    How lucky is Bernie to have a job where he can partner with his dog at work!

    Who doesn't want a nice doggie?

  2. Rebecca Rice
    6:39 am on July 7th, 2009

    I do. I saw an ad on Craigslist– people trying to rehome an 8-month old black lad/border collie mix. She was *beautiful*! They had to relocate, said she was "very sweet and good." I'm talking, when I daydream while looking at the pets listings, this is the dog I'm dreaming of– smart, pretty, mixed-breed so no high risk of breed-associated health problems. Sweet, funny, quiry, lovely face– Chet, you would've fallen in love.

    My saner husband said no, so I did a bunch of laundry instead. But *someday*…

  3. B. Stover
    9:07 am on July 7th, 2009

    Don't worry about the cost of food Chet. No matter what the finances are, Bernie could not do without you and neither could we.

  4. Jennifer Rosewell
    5:13 am on July 8th, 2009

    Rebecca, your post made me so sad esp. as so many people are now having to give up their pets due to the economy and the need for forever homes is so overwhelming.

    If you need your "dog fix" but can't have one right now (a bit of advice though: lose the controlling husband, get the dog!) please consider either volunteering at a shelter, dogsitting for friends, checking with local vets some of whom do take in dogs where the owners can't afford to pay for health care and those dogs need grooming, walking or just plain ol' lovin' on.

    It is truly awful to be dog-less when your heart yearns for one.

    Chet you are great at keeping cyber-company with the virtually dogless – thanks!

  5. LizF
    12:56 pm on July 8th, 2009

    Well said Jennifer! I'm still waiting for someone to explain why not getting the dog is 'saner'.

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