That commotion in the front must be John, finally. My best friend. It has to be him. Nobody else could energize a room like that. He just can’t resist good conversation, maybe a joke or two, especially with these pretty nurses. I want to jump up and greet him. My legs won’t move though. With this mask over my snout, I can’t even bark to let him know where I am. What if he can’t find me? Wait, it’s okay now, he’s coming closer.
“He’s just this way Mr. Carter. He’s pretty groggy. I’ll let the doctor know we’re ready.”
“Thanks. Hey G-Man. How you doing buddy.”
I’m wagging my tail right? Is it moving? I can’t tell. I don’t want him to think I’m not happy to see him. Good, now that he’s taking that mask off, at least we can say hello.
I don’t know John, not feeling so great, I whine.
“I’ve been so worried about you. I know it’s still hurts but the doctor’s going to make that stop.”
Thanks John, I knew you’d come back to help me.
“Here, I brought you something.”
Oh, I love that stuffed frog. It was a present from Jennie, the love of my life. Yes, right there, leave it right next to my head where I can smell it. Good John.
“Remember when we met her, that first day at the dog park?”
Of course I remember. It was love at first sight. But then, how could it not be? I was adorable! Once she found out that we were a package deal though, she learned to love you too. I know it was her idea to let me carry the ring down the aisle. The wedding was beautiful.
“She was so beautiful! Thank you for finding her. And for staying with me when she left. I know it’s silly but I really thought it was forever. True love. Ridiculous huh?”
It had been true love. It almost killed us both when she left us. I never understood why she left. Okay, I chewed up a few of John’s most expensive shoes and I did eat that expensive purse he bought her for her birthday. But I’m irresistible and women love John. Tall dark and handsome they call him. Her leaving was confusing.
Remember how I ran away that night after she left us? I was so tired of us feeling sorry for ourselves, and I had to make you stop moping around. So I ran out to our pizza place. Remember? You were chasing me, and you ended up flirting with that woman when I stole her pizza off the table. Ha! Good times John.
Whoa, that’s a pretty big needle you got there doc,I whimper. What you doing back there with … Yow that stings!
John starts to rub my forehead with his thumb, just like he used to when I wouldn’t go to sleep. Still makes me so tired. Maybe I’ll close my eyes, just for a little bit.
“How about that first day, the day you and I met, remember that?”
Of course! I remember that day. Do I ever! Why you breezed right in and played with every dog there before you even saw me! I thought for sure you would pass me right by.
“And then that lady, that mean little woman who showed me back? She tried to get me to pass right by you. She said, you don’t want that one, he’s a troublemaker.”
Yeah, I hated that woman! She always smelled like ammonia and was constantly yelling at me. She wouldn’t let me chew stuff or bark or anything. That’s why I sat up so politely for you. I had to show you how wrong she was about me.
“But I knew. As soon as I saw you sitting straight up like that, with your big ole paws crossed. Such a little gentleman, my little G-Man! I knew you and I were going to do great things. And we have, right? Why you saved my life little man.”
You saved my life John. I was headed for the burners. I know that.
“I’ll never forget you.”
Obviously. How could you forget me? I’m adorable! Of course you’ll remember me. I’m so tired now though. Remember me John.
I’ll try to remember you too. I hope I remember. I hope I remember everything.