Best friend

Best friend, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Best friend, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

Imagine, if you will, that in the rush to get away for a weekend with the guys (or girls), you accidentally lock your dog in the basement. Now imagine the reception you would get from that dog upon your return. There would be tail wagging and wet kisses that you had come back safe and sound. Got the image? Ok, now substitute your significant other for the dog and imagine how you would be greeted.

A dog’s love is unconditional and often out of proportion to the kindness shown to them by their human partners. The devotion of dogs to the humans they bond with is legendary and inexplicable, for they are ready to forget and forgive in ways we humans just can’t match. In many ways they make us look small by comparison.

I happened upon this guy waiting, with enviable patience, for his driver. I miss that. I miss Wally every day for his good humor, just as I miss the dog hair he left behind. If he were ever to come back from the other side I’d greet him with wet kisses and maybe I’d even wag my tail.

Don’t get me wrong, people are ok, but who would you rather come home to after a weekend away?

Olympus OMD EM1 with 20mm f1.7 lens and Snapseed.



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