In my self absorbed grief and sadness last week I didn’t put any pictures of Alistair and Harry on my blog.
I had meant to.
I had uploaded several.
It was an oversight rather than a conscious act.
Grief can do that to a person.
In thinking about it I also realized that I didn’t highlight Alistair’s unique relationship with Harry and the other dogs.
When I used to work full time and Alistair came here for his 2 week stretches, he often would hike, snowshoe or go horseback riding with the dogs.
Harry would silently sneak up on Dad on the trail and follow or herd him (if he wasn’t watching after UB or Casey).
The 2 of them developed this “man” thing that I never could appreciate… for obvious reasons.
Alistair would stop for a pee break and Harry would come up right next to him.
He would look up at Alistair and then down at the ground.
Not seconds after Alistair finished, Harry would then ‘mark’ it himself.
None of the other dogs ever did this or showed any interest. I think Cleo, like me, was kind of confused by the whole ‘marking’ thing.
That’s not the only type of bonding the 2 of them did.
I often caught Harry sneaking in for some one-on-one time with Alistair when nobody else was around.
And Alistair happily gave Harry every scritch he had time for before Casey would come bounding up to mow them both over.
So its getting easier each day as all of us make sense of Harry not being here.
I’ve received so many heartfelt comments and thoughts about our big boy.
Many of my veterinary classmates shared memories (usually of Harry spinning) as he was another member of the class way back in 3rd year.
Instead of crying this time I’m smiling as I write this thinking of the wonderful years we had after I brought him home from school.
And thankful that all of these fascinating spirits got to meet Harry and know him for his Woo Woos and his marking and his spinning and his inability to be house-trained and his little kisses and his trust and his inability to understand what ‘fetch’ was and his flopping over so you could scritch him and his harmonizing with the wolves and his gentle, quiet, big, kind ways.
Alistair, in particular.