16 June 2012

~ Those Magic Words ~

Funny how animals are so in-tune
with their surroundings.
The pups and kitties all know
something has been different 
since J has been working out-of-state
for two weeks.
But for Zeke, it has been pure heart-break.

Zeke is depressed.
My poor boy.
He is missing J so much.
A piece of his heart is longing for 
that guy who wrestles with him,
smooches his big 'ol head, and always
puts his blankie on the couch so the two of them
can watch TV together.
Of course, I do all of these things too.
But, I am not J.
The Alpha dog. 
The leader of the pack.

A few days ago, I had to make a run into town.
While at Walgreens, I spied dog toys on sale!
These stuffed pups were 2 bucks!
They even have squeakers in both ends..
Oh, the joy!

Sadie and Baby Girl was so excited.
But, Zeke?
He really could have cared less.
And that isn't like our pupster to
not get all silly-goofy over a new "baby".

Early this evening, Zeke will be a joyous dog.
Because J is on his way home!
He will hear the truck coming down our one-lane road.
He will sit up and listen, as he does with any vehicle
that sounds like J's.
He will hear it slow down and then make it's way
up our driveway.
Zeke will sit up and listen.

And I will say those magic words!
"Your dad is home!"

I will open the kitchen door, and Zeke will fly out
to greet J.
Running as fast as he can, butt wiggling back and forth!

Then standing on his back legs, putting his front paws
on J's shoulders,
he will lick his face all over!
And when they walk back in the house,
Zeke will be wagging that tail as fast as he can!
*thump* *thump* *thump*
Against the kitchen counter.

And all will be right in his little pupster world!

Oh, the love, admiration, and respect from a dog.
There is nothing like it.
These creatures have such pure souls.
Knowing who is good.
Who loves them.
Who admires them.
Who respects them.

Who protects them and makes their world
a fun, safe, healthy, happy place to live.

Tonight, Zeke will finally get a good night's sleep.
Because he can let his guard down just a little.
Knowing the "Alpha Dog" is back home....
Tonight, Zeke's heart will be complete and full.

And my heart will be bursting.
Happy weekend!

The Alpha Role
In a natural state, dogs would live their entire lives within the closely structure social order of their pack. While young, they would begin to learn the workings of the pack's social system and, as they grew, begin to establish their place within the pack's dominance hierarchy. Dominance, submissiveness, leadership, obeying others - these are all concepts that are understood by every dog. Every human family that has dog's (and perhaps cat's)
becomes a "pack" to the canines.
Each pack has a leader, an individual who is dominant over all pack members. In wolf society, this individual is called the "alpha." This is the member who makes the decisions, who must be obeyed. This is the individual that you must be in your dog's eyes.


Jeanette said...

Oh poor Zeke! I'm glad his dad is coming home tonight! You should take a movie! Have a wonderful feel-good weekend, Misha!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that poor boy. i know he will be relieved and happy.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

In the larger breeds of dogs, the muscle dogs, ie: rottweilers, pits, etc, it is extremely important that they are never allowed to be the alpha in the home. This creates what can be a dangerous situation to visitors to a home. Some people don't understand this and should simply not own these muscle breeds.

Poor Zekey poo.... he misses his alpha leader soooo much.

Bianca said...

I was tearing up a bit... just by imagening how Zeke must feel and will feel when his pappa will be home again.
Silly me.
Enjoy eachother.

And thanks again for placing that great post about our trip. Just to know somebody cares is nice, but to have such lovely reactions is overwhelming. (for a gal who isn't used to much attention or love it is...)
Thank you sugar, Y'all have a heap of fun together this weekend!
(didn't thát sounded southern or what!!)

Donna said...

Oh, happy days for Zeke and YOU!

Joyce Ann said...

So glad he will be home tonight and all will be right in Zeke's world. The best part of going out is how happy my Izzie is to see me when I come home.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I know EXACTLY how Zeke feels, wry smile.

Lynne said...

Bet those HAPPY TIMES are happening right now . . . Live it up Zeke! Enjoy a happy "Dog Papa Day" on Sunday too!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a neat post, Misha... That is unconditional love if there ever is any... Zeke is so happy tonight ---and I can just 'feel' that love. The love between a man and his dog is just awesome... Thanks for a great post.

Have a great weekend.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

When I say the words "Papa's home!" my dogs are so excited and happy. Even though I take care of their every need when he's away, it's just not the same. As soon as Papa's back, it's so hard to go out for the romp on the property with just Mama. Papa has to come too or Zach just doesn't want to go. So glad your Zeke can sleep peacefully and happy tonight.

Gaelyn said...

So glad J will be home tonight. Now you and Zeke can both sleep better.

Deb said...

So happy for Zeke...and you too! What Zeke does reminds me of what Gus does while Hillbilly is at work. I'm not sure he'd make it for 2 weeks. He can hear his truck coming from a mile away if we are outside. Then he goes gate to gate all excited and then he can't stand it anymore and opens the back door and lets his self in. Yes, he can open doors (not good).

You and J have a great weekend.

p.s. princess party pics are posted at your request.

RoeH said...

I love this because they do know when something's wrong. Thursday night the 911 people came to the lady across the street from me so I was going in and out calling people they wanted me to call and getting some things lined up so I was in and out on the phone. Hank nearly went balistic. Maybe he'd heard the siren so close and huge truck sound but something was going on and it scared him to death. I had to go to the hospital with her and didn't get home till about 9 and he was still "alert". I petted him and calmed him down a little and then he was okay. Animals are so interesting. I'm reading a book called the Blessings of Animals. I think it's going to be good but I have to jump through the abuse stuff. It's about a vetrinarian (sp?) and her life with animals.

Nancy K. said...

I'm happy that Zeke will finally have his 'Dad' back home to love! They do miss us when we can't be with them.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Just like dogs who can feel out our human emotions, we can feel when they're depressed and it does break our hearts!

I'm glad that Zeke's world will be whole again soon now that J's gonna be back :)

Country Dreaming said...

Poor Zeke. He'll be a happy boy later, I'm sure!
Glad to hear that J is coming home. I'm sure you are just as happy as Zeke is!

Happy Dad's day to J and Zeke!!