Four-legged Emissaries

I haven’t been feeling too well lately, but have still managed to walk a bit in the morning sunshine, knowing, how healing it can be.

I’m delighted with the team of dogs, sidling up to me, as if they know, I’m not at the top of my game.

This morning, a beagle, bullmastiff and a pitt-mix, all came to my aid, like candy-stripers, just with tails, having never made their acquaintance before.

It’s so interesting how animals just instinctively know, when you need a little care.

The beagle got yelled at, refusing to leave me.  His owner, shaking her tousled gray head said, “Malcom is the oddest dog I’ve ever had, since as a rule, he’s so obedient.  But every once in a while…

I winked at Malcolm whispering, “She doesn’t realize you’re on duty,” giving me one more good nuzzle before heeling, as it were.

Leona the Pitt’s father was so busy texting, he didn’t even notice he was minus a dog.  It was I who brought her back, frisbee and all, after tossing it a few times.

Have you ever noticed how dogs smile? Leona could easily do a Pepsodent ad.  Maybe I should introduce her to my print agent.

As for Monkey-face, the mastiff, who was clearly raised right since his owner came over with him and said, “You look as if you need a pal today.”

So Becky and Monkey-face, sweetly, escorted me from the park, Becky sharing her bag of walnuts.

It made me think of that Ram Das quote…that when all is said and done, we’re just all walking each other home.   



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 Four-legged Emissaries

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Oh Susannah, I love the quote. And you’re absolutely right about dogs instinctively knowing when we’re not up to par. Our little mutt, Sam, now in his final twilight years, will follow and stick like glue to whichever of us needs it.

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  2. Hi Susannah, dogs indeed have a way of making anything better. I hope you are getting better! Blessings! 🙂

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  3. You are as keen an observer of canines as you are of humans. I’m so glad dogs knew to lift your spirits. Woof indeed!

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  4. Cats are like that too although sometimes I wonder if they have a motive “will she forget to feed me?.” It’s still lovely and healing. Hope you feel better soon.

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  5. micklively says:

    How much they understand is truly amazing. Smudge is in her thirteenth year, yet still astounds me from time to time.


  6. LOVE that quote. I can always rely on my Peanut to quietly work his magic.

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  7. Alva Chinn says:

    Oh dearest Susannah, you have no idea how much this touched my heart. And reminded me of my Cookie, who is home in heaven. How much Little Bits( her sister cat) and I miss her. Animals are always sensitive to you, your health and your mood. Funny how they are often kinder than the humans we call loved ones. Namaste

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  8. Candystrippers with tails, I like that. It’s amazing how effective animals, especially dogs, can be at cheering up the mood.

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