Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Unsolved Mysteries


Blogging Friends.... I hereby declare that this is my 200th post!! Wow!! The only words which I can use to express regarding reaching my 200th Blog post is this: It is amazing, truly amazing, that for a girl with Attention Deficit Disorder, plus short-term memory loss, who, until eleven years or so ago, would never finish anything, I have come a long way!! A long way. As have my writing skills!! And the results are real!! So real. I am eternally grateful for my faithful online community in Blogville.... You are all wonderful!! I have 33 Followers.... And counting!! Plus, Beautifully Unique has earned six awards.... Wow.

When you adopt a rescue canine, especially an adult "second chance" dog, there arise countless mysteries. Was she abandoned once? How many homes did he reside in? Was she abused? Such mysteries vary depending on the rescued "second chance" canine. For every story is different!! Every story is different. These mysteries that do present themselves are--and forevermore will be--unsolved. Unsolved. For each and every adult four-legged canine possesses a past. If you are me, who can't stand unsolved mysteries, this not knowing, this uncertainty, will drive your mind crazy with questions!! Crazy!! If you're me, you search for clues along the way--subtle hints--and transform into this detective!! Like Sherlock Holmes. And I've somehow always been this way!! For I have an insanely curious brain!! I use my strong sense of observation. I see. I listen. I smell. I take everything in. Everything. I heed attention to seemingly minor details which most people ignore. I produce theories. I debunk them. And I recreate those theories. I know, I know, I'm weird!! With Rose, my theories have been: Was she owned by negligent people? The busy type who were constantly preoccupied, and never provided her with love and attention? Because Rose seems needy in this area. She hates it whenever I "abandon" her. Normal behavior for a canine.... Right? It is called "Separation Anxiety"? Think again!! Rose literally develops Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, bays, and runs rabid throughout our house during the few times whenever I leave on back-to-back outings!! Break. My. Heart!! Every time!! Was Rose an outside-only canine? Because following her adoption, the only location where she preferred--initially--was our securely fenced backyard. Is that how she escaped? Out the backyard? Is that what lead Rose's future shelter's respective dog catchers to discover her aimlessly wandering some local busy street? As time has passed by, my queries have grown. They've been bonded together like bricks that construct some building. Did her former owners have babies and children? Because Rose is wonderful with little ones!! Was there a lot of angry shouting as though her former owners were enduring some nasty divorce? Because Rose dislikes any yelling, and will silently slip away when even one person rises his/her voice. Or did they constantly shout at her? Hmmm. Because she walks away, tail tucked between her legs, head bowed, during such rare occasions. Did Rose's former masters have a calico cat? Because our neighbor down the cul-de-sac owns this tri-colored feline. A calico. "He" will walk by "his" green-painted house from across the street. Teasing poor Rose!! "He" will roll on "his" side in the fresh green grass, as if thinking: You can't get me.... Rose freezes, stock-still, utterly mesmerized by that feline!! She will whine. And bay. Her happy sound!! It is as though my mongrel has reunited with some long-lost friend, or something!! Rose never behaves this way with any other feline. Never. She always wants other felines, and pulls on her red leash for them. But this is different. Very different!! Rose's colossal brown eyes will become alert, her velvet-soft floppy ears perked, forehead furrowed, and.... She is bewitched by that calico cat's beauty!! Bewitched!! Every time!! It never fails!! Unsolved mysteries. Unanswered questions. Each one intertwined, somehow leading Rose to me. Yet. Each one also driving the Sherlock Holmes within me completely crazy....






















24 comments:

Finn said...

You are definitely observant! Finn gets a bit needy in the rubbing department. She can sit and be rubbed and rubbed and rubbed, and when i stop for a second, she gives me this look. Maybe she was neglected in a former life?

Molly The Wally said...

Raelyn that was a brilliant post. Pippinpumpkin hated presents being unwrapped , she was petrified. She also would not go up the stairs in front of you for quite a while. She was two to four years old when she came to us and many years on we still wonder about her past. Lovely sentiment in your writing. Have a great day.
Best wishes Molly's Peeps.

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Thank-you for the comment!!
You never know. Finn reminds me of my first dog, Shadow. I could pet her and pet her, but she would still "ask" for more!! She, too, was an adult "second chance" girl!! ;op

scotsmad said...

Congratulations on the milestone!

Rose is certainly mysterious, but sounds like you may be piecing together a past for her.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Raelyn said...

Molly....
Thank-you for the comment!!
First off, I love the name Pippenpumkin. What an unusual thing to call a dog!! And I love unique names!! There. Now I got that out of my system!! ;)
I know what you mean. My insanely curious brain is still trying to figure out our first dog, Shadow's past!! She was also an adult "second chance" girl!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Daisy, Bella & Roxy....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yes, Rose is mysterious. In more ways than one!! But that is exactly how I prefer it!! ;op

coffeedog said...

i love your post. i too am constantly wondering about bailey's past. she was picked up as a stray. a chihuahua wandering the streets? how in the world could that happen? did she run away from her previous people or was she thrown out because she was unable to give them a litter? she was very sick when we rescued her. was she tossed aside because they couldn't afford her vet bills? i have hundreds of questions too. all we can do is give them extra love and a safe & happy home.
wags.

Raelyn said...

coffeedog....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Wow, poor Bailey!! That is quite a lot of unanswered questions.... Or unsolved mysteries!! I am glad that your lives were brought together!! ;op

Charlene and Storm said...

great post Raelyn, well done on your 200th!!! xxx
i so know what you mean about questions, i question everything in life i drive myself nuts, i can have a conversation with myself in my head for ages, there are so many words going on in my head i go to speak and the wrong words come out even tho the right words are happening in my head... good job our dogs dont mind eh xxx

Raelyn said...

Charlene....
Thank-you for the comment!!
We are so much alike!! "I can have a conversation with myself in my head for ages, there are so many words going on in my head I go to speak and the wrong words come out even tho the right words are happening in my head". Yep. That's me!! Hee, hee, hee.... ;-}
I wonder if our dogs know the truth about us? In that we are weird? Hmmm.... I know that Rose knows this truth about me!! ;op

Remington said...

200! Well done, my friend! To question things is a good thing!

Raelyn said...

Remington....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Weird. I just left a comment on your Blog!! We were most likely doing it at the same time!! Great minds think alike, I guess!! ;op

jessej said...

200 !!!! congratulations, and well done to both of you. nice!

Raelyn said...

jessej....
Thank-you!! ;op

Alison said...

Oh I know what you mean Raelyn. My parents dog was returned to the shelter twice. When they brought her home she was scared of everything and everyone, except my mom. My Dad is sure that she was abused as a puppy. She is a lot better now they since they've had her for 4 years now. But we all still wonder what her past was like.

Congrats on 200 posts!

Rama's Mama said...

Congrats on your 200th post!!! Woo hoo!!!!

Raelyn said...

Alison....
Thank-you for the comment!!
My insanely curious brain is still trying to figure out our first dog, Shadow's past!! She was also an adult "second chance" girl!! I wonder if you never stop doing that.... ;op

Raelyn said...

Rama's Mama....
Thank-you!! ;op

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Woweeeee
Congratulations on your 200th post!
Way to go!!!
love
tweedles

Raelyn said...

Tweedles....
Thank-you!! ;op

Smile With Your Tail said...

200! Wow, we arent even close to that :)

Slobbers

Dante, Daisy Boo and Sampson

Raelyn said...

Dante, Daisy Boo and Sampson....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Well.... In order to reach 200 posts, you need to keep Blogging!! Hee, hee, hee.... ;op

Lauren @ Life With Desmond said...

Oh, Raelyn! You KNOW I know exactly what you're talking about.

I try not to think about it all too much and instead focus on Desmond's current life and fabulous future. But I find that it's OTHER people who bring up the mysteries the most--family, friends, folks at the dog park, etc. Strange, right?

Raelyn said...

Lauren....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Other people bring up Desmond's mysterious past? That is strange!! For me, it's the opposite!! ;op