For years our younger son campaigned for a dog. We said no for a long time for many reasons such as; it’s difficult to go on holidays with a dog, they shed hair, they make mess, they need lots of attention, they bark, you have to walk them every day, and so on.
Finally we gave in. Ruby has been all of the annoying things above and more. She ate our back door screen and has scratched all the inside doors, she will jump on to an unattended table to pinch food and once up ended a take away coffee in my car trying to drink it. She knows she is not allowed on the sofa but is found stretched out on the top of it, catching a ray of sun. Ruby eats disgusting things on our walks like used tissues and cat droppings. She barks at possums so has to sleep indoors. She also barks at concrete statues of dogs, ladies with umbrellas and shopping trolleys and men with wheel barrows.
But, we wouldn’t give her away for anything. She is so loyal. She follows me everywhere. When I was ill for a year, Ruby kept me company, I could tell her all my fears that I didn’t want to burden others with. Some days I felt like staying in bed all day, exhausted, feeling nauseous and wanting to hide from the world, but I had to walk Ruby.
Ruby is a lovable clown who steals socks, tossing them into the air as you try to catch her. She likes to sun bake on top of her kennel and tries to catch your eye when she is lying where she is not supposed to ” Hey, look at me! Look what I’m doing, what do you think of that hey? I’m on your new throw rug”. She actually watches television and will bark at animals on the screen, running to the back of the television to locate them.
An hour before she is due to be fed she starts staring at me and growling for her dinner. She stalks me, maintaining eye contact at all times. This is particularly annoying if I’m trying to paint, she’ll come and sit under the table and tap on my knee.
She snuggles into our boys and closes her eyes in sheer bliss. She snores loudly, curled into a ball. My favourite time of day.