Friday, January 7, 2011

My Life: Good-Bye, Samantha, Hello Kiera

Your assignment is to write a short piece - fiction, non-fiction, poetry, whatevs - in which each sentence starts with a the next letter of the alphabet. Starting with "A." So, yes, your finished product will consist of 26 sentences.
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Almost six years ago, I babysat for my first German Short Haired Pointer.  Believing that this would be my dog forever, I took her in with open arms.  Caring for Samantha was so easy, as she was well trained.  Doing things with her was fun because of her energy! Exercising became a part of our normal routine because she had been bred for stamina and endurance.  Forming a bond with her like no other I had ever had, it broke my heart when I had to give her back.  Gathering her things as I cried, was done quickly and with robotic, almost angry, motions.  However, I never said "good-bye" to her.  I had my husband take her down the stairs to the garage. Jerry was waiting patiently near his car. 

Keen memories of us together were etched in my mind and would remain forever.  "Loving another dog like I loved her would be hard", I thought.  Meanwhile, my husband saw how upset I was.  Now it was time for me to contact the kennel where Samantha came from.  Of course, I had to put my name on "the list" which was dependent on how many puppies would be born.  Persuading my husband was the final battle I had to fight.  Quickly, I mailed in the deposit to confirm my name on the waiting list. 

Readying for the big day was one excitement after another for me.  Still, I wondered if that bond would be the same as it was with my Samantha.  Then, the call came from the breeder...on Mother's Day, no less!  "Under no circumstances," I was told "would anyone get their pick of the litter before you."  

Very excited and anxious, I urged my husband to come with me to the breeder's kennel for the selection process.  When we arrived, we had to disinfect our feet before entering the area where the eight puppies were kept.  Xylographic portraits of the offspring along with their lineage hung on the walls of the office where I completed the AKC registration  paperwork.  

Yet, there was one more thing that was necessary before taking my puppy home. 
Zealous, yet teary-eyed, holding my new pup close, I leaned towards the mother...Samantha's mother...ready to lick my face as I whispered that her pup would be well taken care of and loved forever!

13 comments:

varunner said...

Xylographic! Whew that's a good one. I love that you were able to fill the void with a sibling. You've had some special dogs in your life!

texwisgirl said...

This is great! You and VA Runner did wonderfully! I agree that Xylographic earns you "X"tra points! :)

Sandra said...

this is a very touching and lovely story. i can't believe you told the whole story with the alphabet. i might try it, i am not a writer at all, so it just might not work for me, it worked for you. i love all things dog

Sonya Heilmann said...

Wonderful story! I loved it!

Cheryl said...

Written like a true dog lover. I can totally appreciate that!

Tiggeriffic said...

that was a tiggeriffic story.. You love your dogs...
Now I'm going to comment here about the sheep..that you commented on my blog..If you go to Bloulderneigh blog or Punkin Patch blog you will see that they put these coats on their sheep.. I have never seen this before. I would love to get a few sheep but no fences on this 40 acre farm. Guess I'll have to buy some roving so I can spin my own yarn... You are so funny... Have a great day..ta ta for now from Iowa... Where it's stinkin cold,but I'm lovin it...~!

Patricia said...

a special story...dog lovers are special people...all my sons have dogs...altogether there are five of them...

Heritage Farm Village said...

i love that post! what a special day and where did samantha go? have you seen her again? how talented you are to write with those specific rules in mind...pretty darn cool! jill

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

What a great job you did telling that story with the alphabet. I am very impressed!

Erin said...

That is so great! Now I want to see a pic of the puppy!!!

Sandra said...

I liked this idea so much, i just wrote a thank you to my blogger friends using your assignment. it was a lot easier than i thought and a great way for a non writer to corral her thoughts. thanks for the idea

The Drama Mama said...

This was fabulous!! I love it. Your story was so well written that I didnt even notice the alphabet. Great job.

Carrie said...

What a sweet story!

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