That Animal Connection

I was leaving the funeral parlor on my corner visiting my friend Millie who works there, when I see a jaunty, four-legged tube go by in an off-white cashmere sweater. My heart, that’s been buried miserably beneath 5 sweaters of its own, leapt like a child’s screaming, “Carmela, Carmela, is that you?”

“It’s me,” she said, wiggling her two-toned rear like a can-can dancer (you have to listen really carefully for that canine response). images She stopped short in the middle of Madison causing her walker to bump right into the UPS man.

I hadn’t seen her due to the cold since she hasn’t been lolling on the patio as of late. I still look every day, sorry she’s not, but happy to know she’s inside snug and warm.

Our reunion made people stare. There’s nothing quite like a basset hound happy to see you.

I got on the ground nose to nose…Carmela rolled over. I rubbed her elongated body while she yelped for joy.

My melancholia magically vanished scratching those big, floppy ears of hers.

Noticing the walker’s teeth chattering, I kindly, but with great reluctance, bid my dearest girlfriend a fond farewell.

Watching her tail wag out of sight, I thought…

if only Millie was as happy to see me as Carmela.

Just once I’d like to see her rollover crying out with joy that she has such a great pal.

Maybe Carmela should write a book…

A Basset Hound’s Guide To Love and Friendship…I could pen the introduction.

What do you think?   images-1



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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24 Responses to That Animal Connection

  1. micklively says:

    Ah, yes: to have such a simple outlook on life and such simple needs would be a blessing. Food, sex, a territory, and a pack to run with. Does that sound like most politicians to you? 😉


  2. She sounds like a magical dog. I think basset hounds are really cute.
    This reminds me of a video I saw last night of a soldier meeting his dog after a long time. There are a lot out there like that, but this one just had so much excitement.


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    I’m glad Carmela put some zip into your step. Animals have a way of doing that.


  4. katecrimmins says:

    Sure do know what you mean! I’m hugging my cats today! We are getting yet another snowstorm. My Starbucks run is a no go. Nothing to do but hug cats (oh yes, and blog).


  5. I’d buy it in a minute! Stay dry and safe in the snow… glad you got to catch a snuggle from Carmela


  6. Elle Knowles says:

    You know they say “It’s a dog’s life!” To be so carefree would be nice. 🙂


    • She’s a very happy creature alright…they say that’s why they make such great wellness dogs to comfort the sick. They’re natural healers not to mention charmers. I’d love to have those traits…even if it meant having a tail:)


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