How Much is That Puppy in the Window?

Summer had this thing where she’d look out the windows that flank our front door, particularly the one on the right. In doing that she’d inevitably get nose marks on the window. Every week I would Windex off numerous smudges, in addition to cleaning off her eye boogers from the staircase spindles. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what the black marks on the spindles were until one day I saw her peeking her head through, wiping them off, black against white.

We still have crusted black eye boogers on one of the spindles, and I quite honestly don’t know when I’ll clean them off. Maybe I never will.

I thought the same thing about the smudges. The day after I put her to sleep I saw the nose marks and burst into tears. The loyal doggie that would hear our van coming up the street would no longer be at the window waiting for us. I wanted those markings there so that I could remember her everyday.

But, now we have Pepper.

I saw her standing at the window where Summer used to stand so often, and I knew it was time to clean it off. Pepper deserves to have a clean window to see through, so she can be the loyal doggie that waits for us as we come up the street, tail wagging as our loud brigade emerges from the van, sometimes with shopping bags. Shopping bags that might or might not contain something that puppies LOVE.

So, yesterday I grabbed the Windex and some paper towels, and I made the window new and fresh for our little puppy.

Shortly, thereafter, there she was, waiting for me to come up the sidewalk, mail in hand. I could see her little tail wagging, and I was at peace with having readied the window for fresh nose marks.

No bones about it: I’m a dog lover. I thank God that I’m only allergic to cats, because I would be one sad puppy if I couldn’t have any puppies to love! (all. puns. intentional.)

All puns aside… You can Windex nose marks off or remove crusty eye boogers from spindles, but the marks left on your heart and soul can never be wiped clean of all the love, slobber, and eye boogers that your fur babies provide.

I’m still not going to clean the spindles off until I’m ready, yo; that’s for certain.

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Author Unknown

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8 Responses to “How Much is That Puppy in the Window?”
  1. 08.30.2011

    This truly made me tear up. Beautifully written.


  2. 08.31.2011

    I’m so sorry about your dog. But I’m equally happy you’ve gone out and gotten another. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around a little black Cocker Spaniel named Lady – she was mine and, for a while, we went EVERYWHERE together.

  3. baba nada

    That’s so beautifully said,yes that was Summers spot,hare i go again 5:00 am with tears streaming down my face,but am happy that the spot has been filled with your new puppy Pepper,and by the looks of it she looks great at the window!!! The love never stops!!

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