Day #7–Stray - the challenge for April 2020
I am so lonely that I don't know my way home. Maybe I should just...
Allow me to introduce myself to you.
My name is Charlie.... or maybe it's Ralph?
The problem is, that I'm not really sure because when a new owner finds me on the street, they don't know my name and then just call me what they think it is, and that's where I get confused. My new owner has just had me for about a week now. He is the 1st owner that treats me like one of the family.
Who is he, you ask?
Well, he is the only owner that I learned his name, Rick. I wish they could reunite me with him. I thought he loved me.
I have been on the streets now for a few days and I'm starving and tired. But I don't have anywhere to lie down because someone will say "shoo" or "go home".
But here's the problem. I have no home because I got separated from my master, and I have not earned a collar, so I am collarless. He can't be contacted.
I have been trying to sniff my way home, but I must be so far away and now I'm lost. He was the best master I had too, but he told me to "go ahead and go."
That's why I left, he told me to.
Let me tell you what happened.
When he put me on the patio, he told me, " go out."
I thought he must not want me anymore, so I just walked away. So now I am a stray.
I thought someone else may want me, but I should have known better, cuz I went too far and now I can't make it home even with my sniffer, that's cold and wet. I thought he loved me but maybe I went on the floor one too many times or maybe I am just costing him way too much money in food. He gets annoyed when I need to go out at night.
I have been through the same pattern many times, so I know it by heart. I am on the street more than I am in a nice warm comfy home.
I guess the adage "a stray dog" is part of my life.
I will not cry or whimper, but it is breaking my heart. Because I loved him, I figured I finally found a "grand" master. I thought he loved me in return. Well, it's getting dark so maybe I should find a park and lay down, at least I have been here before. My master took me here a lot, so I know the perfect spot for getting some sleep.
Wait a moment!
Oh, my god!!!
Is Rick over there?
I better run to him now. He must have remembered taking me here and is looking for me.
"Bark! Bark! over here Rick, Bark!!"
I am the happiest K-9 in the world!
Now I understand..when he told me to "go ahead and go", he just meant to do my duty outside and come back in!
What a relief, he really DOES love me.
I'm confused, he has water coming out of his eyes;
I thought a human does that when they are very sad?
But he just said that he is so happy to see me.
Well, maybe those are tears of happiness then?
He said that we are going straight to the doggy store and to get my brand new collar and a tracker to keep a closer eye on me, so I will never ever get lost again.
He also said that he will get me groomed and feed me some hot moist food tonight,
and what else Rick?
I am even allowed to sleep in your bed tonight?
WOW, Rick, I am so glad to have found you.
Wow, I am going to live it up tonight and get treated like a King
I must say it makes it worth being found.
so now I am no longer a stray.
Thank you for listening to my stray story.
PS, Now I know my name.