Today is a tail-wagging day: my 9th birthday. That makes me a contemporary of Midge, since we’re both in our mid-60s now. She gave me a wonderful birthday present, telling me I could write tonight’s blog. She also gave me an extra rawhide. I especially like the ones with the red stuff in the middle, which is what I got today.
In response to public demand for an update on last week’s tail injury (“Without a Wag” Oct. 13, 2011), please know I’m doing well. That fateful day when I failed to hit my mark while leaping onto the high deck at the back of the car, I crashed backwards to the asphalt, bending the base of my thick tail in a way it shouldn’t have bent.
Immediately it got black and blue, but with my black fur coat, who knew? Because it hurt to move it, I was forced to stop wagging, a tremendous sacrifice. Not to be able to show acceptance and affection to my loved ones was a terrible loss, the start of a depressing week for me.
But Midge sympathized with my dilemma, and as I tried to communicate love with my eyes, I’m pretty sure she got my drift. She doesn’t have a tail herself (poor thing) and can’t wag her emotions, but I’ve gotten good at figuring out how she’s feeling by other clues she gives.
A year ago as she was crossing over all the “firsts” without Pidge, she wouldn’t have been doing much wagging even if she had had a tail, especially during the October days leading up to the first anniversary of his death (Nov. 3). But this year was a different story. Although sometimes I catch her with a tear on her cheek, mostly her wag-o-meter is in a wiggling position, and her face is dry.
I’m thankful for her, and I know she’s thankful for me. Now that my bruise is healed and my wag is 100% again, I’m able to tell her that every day. As for her, despite the disadvantage of not having a tail, she does her best with words, weaving them into tales of another kind.
By the way, I saw her take a juicy red steak out of the freezer tonight. Maybe if I wag really good…
“The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” (Deuteronomy 28:13)