I sit watching the people pass by hurriedly, with armloads of bags and boxes. Rushing seems to be the way of life now, no matter what season or time of year it is but everybody moves into an even higher speed this time of year.
It’s like they move so fast, they don’t see anybody else around them as they scramble for last minute gifts and stocking fillers. Pup had to guide me through a crowd of people so crazy, I think she put even the best human bodyguards to shame, if I’m not careful the Secret Service may call me to hire her. I even made it through without being jostled too much.
We went to the nearest coffee place and I ordered the biggest hot chocolate, with whipped cream, no marshmallows because I don’t like them. Usually, Pup is allowed in no matter where I go because of her job but this place also happened to be one of our regular haunts, so they are perfectly aware of my girl when she wagged her way over to the counter to let them know we were in our usual spot and wanted her bowl of water. Today though, as well as her water she received a nicely wrapped box of dog treats and a floppy-eared bunny toy, which she didn’t let go of until we got home.
They thanked us for being such loyal customers this year and told me how much they loved seeing Pup and I work. My dog gets tons of gifts every year because people are so amazed by her work and her infectious personality. Proud isn’t a strong enough word to describe my feelings, we have both gone through so much this year, both been ill requiring medical intervention in one form or another but her happiness and sense of humour never faltered. Her loyalty never wavered.
It makes me wonder if the greatest gift I ever received, or ever shall, was that of a bouncy, devoted black Labrador with the softest ears in the Universe. My heart is filled with love for her but it is a drop in the ocean compared to what I see in those dark eyes every day.
Christmas is our season, it’s when your magic first entered my life, forever changing it for the better just when I needed it the most.
I love you, my big best girl x