When I wasn’t looking

28 Mar

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She’d been so good,

that dog of mine,

not bothering her stitches.

I didn’t make her wear the cone of shame

when I was home,

only if I went out.

She’d been so good.

—–

And so it was,

Easter morning,

she was sleeping

and I didn’t see the need to wake her up

to put on that cone.

Five minutes.

I just needed five minutes to shower.

And, she was sleeping after all.

—–

 I screamed at her,

that good dog of mine

who I found licking her stitches.

The damage was small;

my panic high

as I trussed her up

so I could go out

on this grey Easter morning,

the last day of Spring Break.

—–

  I fretted

the whole time I was out

worrying about the blood-bath

I might find

when I returned home

to that good dog of mine

who I left wrapped and coned

because she had

a moment of weakness.

—–

Driving home

I planned my trip

to the emergency vet

wondering how much

re-stitiching would cost

and how long

I’d have to wait

this last day of Spring Break.

—–

I opened the door

and she came running

that good dog of mine,

cone on

bandages in place

glad to see me

forgiving me my absence.

She is that good.

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10 Responses to “When I wasn’t looking”

  1. Lisa March 28, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    Oh dear! I’m glad the cone worked while you were out. Dogs are a lot of worry, aren’t they? My sister-in-law has two 6 month old puppies (litter mates) and they cause no end of trouble.

  2. Christine Baldiga March 28, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    I love the sense of anticipation when you left your bad dog, and then the happy ending to your day. Your poem inspires me to continue to try poetry writing. Thank you!

  3. typewritergirl March 28, 2016 at 5:50 am #

    Great post. I feel your pain. Sometimes Bassets lull you into a false sense of security. You have a beautiful dog.

  4. kathyschuitema March 28, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    What a good dog to forgive and forget! I love your line “wrapped and coned”–your poem made me smile. I hope she is un-coned soon and your worries will be over.

  5. elsie March 28, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    Poor Lucy, those stitches must itch and a little lick can’t hurt, she thinks. Fun poem with that repeating line.

  6. Anonymous March 28, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    I so enjoy your stories Adrienne. I feel like I know Lucy.

  7. arjeha March 28, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    She is a good dog. Hey, we all have a moment of weakness now and then. I know what stitches can be like when they are healing.

    • Adrienne March 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      I hope you are being good about not messing with yours. She only has 4 stitches. I bet you have a few more.

  8. kristalee11 March 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    She IS that good.
    And I’m so glad. 🙂

  9. mrssurridge March 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Through your whole story I had my fingers crossed that there was going to be a happy ending! A happy ending to your story is what you need on the last day of your spring break. Loved your format.

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