Saturday, June 23, 2012

The "Mystery Dog"

Blogging Friends.... If you have not already figured this out, I am a shameless advocate of mixed breed canines and mutt adoption on my Blog!! I'm unapologetic, really!! Why? Because I share my existence with a certain Beautifully Unique "Mystery Dog", named Rose!! And I love and celebrate her every second of the day!! Plus, based upon personal observation, seemingly nobody owns mutts!! But that is just what I have seen.... So, twice monthly, I will be expressing my feelings regarding anything mixed breed!! But do not desert me, dear Friends, because of this one Blog post. Please. There will be plenty of stories to come!!
Sorry about the delay. I had a plan for this Blog post to be "published" yesterday. I had a plan. Eat this quick lunch. Start "work" early. And be finished before 6:30 PM, because we were going to watch our Blu-ray version of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"!! But, apparently, this was not my plan at all!! Nope!! Because the day's events slunk out of control, like some limp yo-yo strung to my right hand middle finger. I never could figure out that children's toy!! Anyway. Here is my Blog post now!!  

I may suffer from short-term memory loss, but some experiences, some positive occurrences, do remain locked within my psyche forever. Forever. As though they were planted there, like a bunch of white and yellow "friendly" looking daisies. For some experiences, some positive occurrences, just leave lasting impacts on my heart. Lasting impacts. Nearly two years ago, I was still reeling from the passing of my beautiful "blond"-furred German Shepherd/Golden Retriever cross, Shadow. Still grieving. If memory serves me right, during the time, Shadow had only been gone about fourteen days. Two weeks. We were attending this large family birthday party/barbecue for my second cousin. The destination was a local park. My second cousin's grandparents brought along their beautiful, long-haired canine. I do not recall its gender, unfortunately. Or the name, either. However, this canine was, like Rose is, a "Mystery Dog"!! An unknown. So I will call "him" "Mystery Dog" throughout this story!! Okay? Suddenly, in Mystery Dog's presence, I found myself strongly pining for another canine. Strongly pining. This had been quite the lonesome Summer for me thus far.... It was my first in over ten years sans a dog!! And, to make matters worse, we celebrated several birthdays that season at local parks!! Based upon observation, seemingly everybody, in my entire small world owned canines!! Everybody, except me. This was a heartbreaking reality. Just heartbreaking. So, while family and friends celebrated my second cousin's first birthday, I was constantly by Mystery Dog's side!! As though if I left the canine, I'd have come emotionally unraveled. I did not want that.... Because other than one good, long, from-the-gut cry, I was walking about like some brave Marine soldier. Strong. Composed. And possessing whatever courage I could muster. Yet, I was reeling. And I literally could not stop stroking Mystery Dog's fur!! I swiftly munched down a cheeseburger just so that nobody would worry about my wellbeing. That was all I ate. Plus some cake!! Yum.... Then, I walked back toward Mystery Dog!! My actions were made crystal-clear to all who noticed. Crystal-clear. I was grieving. I do not know who at the birthday party even noticed this.... I was like a brave Marine soldier, strong, and composed. On the outside. Within me, however, I was broken. On the drive home, I stared out our minivan's window, a stone-faced expression written across my features. Mentally, I was miles and miles away. Miles and miles away. But, on a positive side, this mutt, the first "Mystery Dog" that I ever remember meeting, changed something within me. Instantly. Something that will remain locked within my psyche forever. Forever. Mystery Dog encouraged my profound passion toward mutts!! Shadow planted the bunch of white and yellow "friendly" looking daisies that shall remain a lasting impact on my life. A lasting impact. But Mystery Dog watered and cultivated them!! For that, I am eternally grateful. Eternally grateful. Because, if I had gone the purebred route, which was seriously considered, I'd never have adopted Rose!! Never. Rose is my "heart dog". We share something together, something special that many human beings lack. I have a friend who is so much like me, it is terrifying!! This strikes both awe and amusement within my soul!! Plus, it has caused me to ponder if somehow Rose was sent to me so that I am a misfit no longer!! For despite our creational differences, my being human and she canine, we are the same!! Heedless of two feet versus four paws. Despite a fair skin tone versus black and fawn colored fur with snow-white paws. Heedless of fingernails versus dewclaws. We both have Attention Deficit Disorder. Neither one of us are verbally quiet. I am a mutt. I'm Scottish/German/"Irish-at-heart". Rose is a mutt!! Beagle/German Shepherd cross, I think!! I am a mystery. We were told several years ago that I have "developmental delays", or learning disabilities, if you will. Rose is my Beautifully Unique "Mystery Dog"!! Plus, we are both weird and somewhat crazy!! It takes one to know one....       


16 comments:

Finn said...

Well then I must be weird and crazy too just from knowing and loving you all! :) Have no fears, we all have our own little things. Sometimes life happens and derails you from your plan, no matter how big or small, and you have to keep going. Glad you got the post up today!

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yeah!! We can be weird and (somewhat) crazy together!! You do your thing, Rose and I will do our's!! Hee, hee, hee.... ;op

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Your love for Rose is palpable.
Sending lotsaluv to my beautifully unique cyber friend.

lifewithmydogs said...

It's always good when people realise how much they are like their dogs. I have realised that I am just as crazy as Jock, Lucy and Dusty. Maybe even crazier! ;)

Raelyn said...

MAXMOM....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Palpable".... That's a good word!! I did not know what it meant, which is okay, so I resorted to my dictionary!! Cool!! So your are saying that my love for Rose is kind of insane....er.... intense!! I will take it.... ;op
By the way.... I am sorry for being behind on your Blog!! :-(

Raelyn said...

lifewithmydogs....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Hey, you say "crazy" like it's a bad thing!! But trust me. It is not!! We can be crazy together!! ;op

jessej said...

nice!!!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

It is so lovely to see someone who loves their dog so much. You and Rose have a very special bond!
Lynne x

Two Doodles and a Dane said...

ROSE we love how unique you are! Keep at it GORGEOUS!

Slobbers

Raelyn said...

jessej....
Thank-you for the comment!! I truly appreciated it!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"It is so lovely to see someone who loves their dog so much. You and Rose have a very special bond!" Thank-you.... What I wrote in this Blog post was sincere. My feelings were real!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Two Doodles and a Dane....
Rose here. Mama says that I should thank you. So, okay. Thank-you!! There. I did it!! Happy? ;op
Wow, your comment has really flattered me!! "Keep at it 'GORGEOUS'"? I am blushing!! Does some dog in the United Kingdom have a "thing" for me? Uh.... Mama was wondering that, not me!! BOL.... ;op

Rama's Mama said...

You are such a loving dog mom! We enjoy reading your blog and wanted to give you an award because you inspire so many. Stop by here to pick it up!
http://raisingrama.blogspot.com/2012/06/another-blog-award.html

Priscilla said...

Our dogs are our beloved family members and they love us unconditionally too!

Raelyn said...

Rama'a Mama....
Thank-you for the comment!! And my award!! Wow.... ;op

Raelyn said...

Priscilla....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Our dogs are our beloved family members and they love us unconditionally too!" True. So true!!