What time … continued

Bo’s confusion continued into the next morning — a worse day than Saturday.  He awoke unsure where he was and how he got here.  Thought a “main event” was coming and wanted to know what to do to get ready.  Thought he had arrived here by plane.

At one point, we were sitting on the bottom stair steps, my arm around his shoulder.  I was trying to reassure him, to convince him that there was absolutely nothing planned, that he hadn’t forgotten anything.  And then Emma dog came to him.   She  squeezed  between us and crawled onto Bo’s lap.  It was obvious that she knew he was upset and actually pushed me out of the way.

Emma wants to Help

Beautiful Emma has made such a difference in our lives.  She’s so gentle and easy, always trying to please.  She sleeps in the family room and when morning comes,  waits for Bo to come down, sometimes standing at the bottom of the steps.  And when he appears at the top , her song begins — whining,  talking,  sort of barking ….  her tail pounding the floor.  When he gets to the bottom step,  she rolls over,  feet up — so happy that her whole body wiggles.  It’s a joy to watch.

Each afternoon we drive to a park to walk with her.  It’s so good for Bo to get  into the fresh air,  walking and talking.  He always comes home better than he left.  But he still doesn’t remember her name or where she came from.  He asks how long we’ve had her and how old she is over and over again.  And now he sometimes calls her “Charlie,” the name of one of the cats.

When we got her 5 months ago,  Emma weighed about 44 pounds.  Now she weighs 61 .  No doubt some of this is due to her renewed health and good food, but, alas, a lot of it is due to the many snacks she gets every day from Bo — cookies,  cat food,  ice cream, cheese — even half a meatloaf.  In fact, I just found the cat dish in Emma’s bed.  And no matter how many times I tell him that she can’t continue to get snacks, he forgets.

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8 Responses to What time … continued

  1. Dean says:

    I’m glad Emma is working out well for you. It will be interesting to see how she has changed — she definitely was not a tail-pounding roll-over feet-up dog when we first met her at the shelter.

  2. charlotte guarino says:

    Emma is surely a gift of God in many ways. How wonderful.

  3. Mimi says:

    Beautiful Story!
    You and Bo and Emma are in my thoughts/prayers!


  4. greg says:

    Such is God’s plan to provide for our needs in the way that He sees fitting
    and correct for us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Ruth says:

    Nancy, even with the gravity of Bo’s condition, isn’t it wonderful that you are able to witness this miraculous connection between Bo and Emma. Thanks for the picture. It is so endearing. You should take many and write a story/book about a man and his dog.
    Has it only been 5 mos. since Emma joined your family? So happy that you found this companion. And so happy that Bo responds to her. Praying for you guys!

  6. Frances says:

    Nancy, you continue to move me with your postings, and I identify strongly with every incident. It is strangely comforting to know that what I experience with my husband is par for the course. Thank you again for sharing in this way! You write beautifully, in a way that honors your Bo and has your readers caring about you both. Hugs to you!

    Frances in California

  7. Barney Hungerford says:

    Dear Nancy, my heart goes out to you and Boris. Be careful walking. I went down Sunday morning on ice and now using a walker for a few days. Boris is so tall he would be hard to get up again. My best to you and the great job your doing staying right with him and the condition.
    Sincerely Barney

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