reflections on walking the dog (20160824)

i’m afraid of the last time
i’m going to walk the dog
it’s not that he’s sick
mind you
he seems to be
in pretty good health
though he’s missing most of his teeth
and has more years on him than any dog
i’ve ever had

but it’s the not knowing the last walk
will be the last walk
that grinds its teeth
in my ear when i lean over to pet him
or wave the air frantically
because of his secret gas attack
so secret
that if it’s silent
he doesn’t even notice it

so i have to remind myself
to not get impatient
or tug at the leash
when he want’s to stop
and sniff ever message on our walk
i don’t want the last thing
i said to him to be
hurry up

15 thoughts on “reflections on walking the dog (20160824)”

    1. His name is Bodhi. We’re not sure what he is. Looks like a Rottie/Shepherd mix, but he’s only about 40 pounds. And he’s between 15 – 18 years old.

      1. Kind of? I’m not much of a chanter or meditator, and I’m not a vegetarian. But I do appreciate the worldview

        He’s pretty happy with us. We got him from a rescue group about 13 years ago. I’m the one who feels lucky.

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