As the family’s elderly dog
slowed down in her later years
they brought home a puppy, for
company once she was gone for good.

The new arrival was a friendly
young fellow, from a branch of
shaggy old Hairy MacLary’s line.

He adored his family, even more
adored the old dog. his adoration
lifted her spirits so that she lived
another three unexpected years
before passing quietly in her sleep.

Thus I met him soon after, as I
left the massage therapist one
afternoon. The family’s Mum
brought him in his carry cage
to be near during her massage.

“No one is home,” she said.
“He is anxiety on four legs.”

He stayed calm while close to her.