Wednesday, December 1, 2010

365 Days, Day 177

One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints (Proverb)

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same (Author unknown)

Lily’s delight at yesterday’s cold and crunchy white grass turned into dismay this morning. The crunchy white grass was still there and seemed to be higher than yesterday. Mouthfuls of crunchy white grass later she realised she would never eat her way to the bottom of this.

Her humans tied her walking jacket around her belly, and took her out. The crunchy white grass reached her under-carriage and it was a sensation that Lily was not sure she liked. She could not walk through this crunchy white grass, she had to leap like a small buck, which thrilled her humans, but was very tiring for Lily.

Over the scitter-scatter bridge they waded. Every time Lily tried to resist moving forward she was dragged forward on her seated under-carriage. She felt a little chagrined at this. After frolicking and generally trying to please her humans, Lily shivered miserably and thought it was about time to return to the warmth of Home.

Almost back at the scitter-scatter bridge, Lily’s nose smelt a faintly familiar puppy-friend scent. Indie! Her favourite! Whilst the humans made their chitter-chatter noises, Lily and Indie dashed and rolled and leapt and licked and smelled and chased and caught and riggle-tiggled together. When the humans tired of their strange sound-making they parted and Lily’s humans encouraged Lily to follow them. Indie’s humans did the same with Indie. Neither Lily nor Indie seemed inclined to pay much attention to this until they saw their humans walking off without them. There was frantic licking and promises made to see each other soon.

Back over the scitter-scatter bridge, and down the crunchy white grass to the warmth of Home. While Lily tried desperately to get in through her dog-flap, but to no avail, her bulky jacket getting in the way – the humans did a very strange and inexplicable thing. They lay down on the crunchy white grass, on their backs and moved their front legs and backs legs up and down, giggle-gaggling and saying, “Snow angels”. Lily had no idea what they were doing. She frolicked over and sat on the warmth of one of the human’s chest. When the humans were covered in the crunchy white grass, they stood on their back legs and giggle-gaggled their way inside the warm Home. Leaving their bodyprints behind in the crunchy white grass.

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