Loving A Dog




Have you ever
Had a dog lie on your chest
And lick away the tears
Without stopping
Until she decided
You were well soothed?

Have you seen
A dog’s eyes go wet
And impossibly soft
As you apologized
To one another
For not knowing
How to do everything
Exactly right?

Did you ever feel
The wild glee
From a wiggling thing;
Her fur transmitting
Ecstasy zooming at you
There, in the same door
You left from
Just hours before?

Have you ever, ever heard
A lovelier dance of need
As tiny feet
Purposefully placed
In a sort of
Circular fast-track
In the deep of the night
Imploring you
To understand
The urge to pee?

I ask you-
Have you lain awake
Too long
To drink in
A dreaming dog
Softly snoring there
In the crook of an arm
With a warm press
Into your awake skin?

Do you sing to her?
Little ditties
In a secret language
From a place
In your heart
Only for communion
Who happens to be living
At your address?

Do you wonder
How you got so lucky
To laugh
That hard
When her GPS
Locates a dead snake
And she rolls
And rolls
The potent perfume
As her take away?

Have you seen
Her muzzle going grey
As the years
Of healing you
Are taking their toll
And arthritis creeps
Into her bones
As she wears
The wisdom
Figuring out
Exactly how
To love you best?

Did you ever imagine
How the privilege
Of the love of a Dog
Might bless your life
And turn it into
A literal church
With all the grime and gifting
In any Life
To the Sacred?


-CA 2014


10 Responses to “Loving A Dog”

  1. Debra Moody on September 29th, 2014

    I love you and Livvy with all my heart.

  2. Barbara on September 29th, 2014

    I met you and Livy while walking in Santa Fe last year…or maybe it was the year before. My husband is from New Mexico, so as we live in England we try to visited Santa Fe every year.
    I remember seeing Livy on your lap and and I thought how beautiful you were…we chatted for awhile. I am sure you see so many people on your travels around town.
    I know how you must feel about your dog as I have one that is much the same…damaged and not trusting of some dogs and most people.
    The words you write ate so sensitive

  3. Barbara on September 29th, 2014

    Dear Kathy,
    Here I am again..I had not finished my email to you and as I went to correct the ‘ate,’ meant to say ‘are,’ page took off.
    So I will say again your writings are truly beautiful.
    Barbara X

  4. Alexis on September 29th, 2014

    Cathy, you are a brilliant writer. You should be our poet laureate. That is the most beautiful heart wrenching poem about a dog I have ever read. Thank you my friend.

  5. Keek on September 29th, 2014


  6. Alexandra Eldridge on September 29th, 2014

    You are our poet laureate! I am crying. Love you, A

  7. KK on September 30th, 2014

    Lovely, loving poem, Cathy.

  8. Jenny on September 30th, 2014

    Utterly lovely . Much love to you both

  9. Rita Kindl Myers on October 5th, 2014

    It is a gift, both to have loved and to share it with others. Thank you.

  10. Carol on November 10th, 2014

    I’m late to the conversation here but I know that you know that the loss of that tiny person in a fur coat called a dog that is your best friend is a profound loss. We know that from our hearts here. xx

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