Loneliness Lost

By all counts I should be lonely, sitting at home pining for a companion. But, surprisingly I am not. I have such a wonderful network of friends spanning not only across this country, but several countries. New friends keep walking into my life. Some are brand new and some are reemerging old friends. My family is amazing and supportive. They have learned to deal with my eccentricities — my gypsy soul, lust for adventure, and need for alone time — and they love me through it all. All of these people quell the loneliness, but it is my dogs that are there for me everyday. Wriggling and smiling when I return from work. Whining incessantly to go on walks. Giving abundant kisses and hugs. 

Siku is my wild one. He maintains our daily schedule and brings added excitement to every situation either through uncontrolled body wriggles or physical manifestations of anxiety. Either way it is never boring with him around. Halo is my sweet, laid back guy. He generally goes with the flow. He enjoys long walks in the woods and never-ending games of fetch.

Halo and Siku keep me grounded. They remind me that not all routines are bad. Long walks in the woods are a mandatory ritual worth dancing about. They know what time breakfast and dinner should be served and politely remind me should I forget. Affection is always appreciated in the forms of snuggles, pets, and fetch. 

Each morning, I wake to a soft whining in my eat and two loving sets of eyes upon me, and I know it is going to be a good day full of laughter. Siku hops into bed for some rigorous snuggling, and I reach over to give Halo a belly rub and receive my morning kisses. Breakfast is served immediately at 5:30 followed by our morning walk. The boys dance and bark and wriggle as I fix my coffee and slip into my shoes. Walks are one of their all time favorite things. Just a mention of a walk solicits their rapt attention. Throughout the day they are always nearby. Siku periodically encourages me to get up and move or at least have an impromptu play session. Halo reminds me that an occasional lazy day is just fine with him.

These are my boys. They chase away melancholy and infuse each day with abundant joy. They are always down to party even when they aren't sure what we are celebrating. It is good to have the affection of two beings that enjoy the simple pleasure of your company.

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” —Doris Day

“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” —Samuel Butler

Amy Gravlee