Red and I went to the vet today, we are starting several weeks of laser and massage treatments for the injury to his spine and for is arthritis. Nicole asked him to be still, and he was, looking her in the eye with great affection. "I wish all of my patients were like you," she said, as she applied the laser to his back and legs. It is a painless procedure, the the improvement is always quick and visible with Red.
Red At The Vet With Nicole
Circle Of Love: Red And The St. John’s Boys
Before the St. John's Boys left the farm to go back to New York City, they all gathered around Red to touch him, talk to him, connect with him. He enjoyed it as much as they did. Most of the kids had never seen a border collie, they had only known guard dogs walking in city streets. They were drawn to him, surprised by him. He rewarded their affection and attention.
Saying Goodbye. Red And Fate Join The New Movement.
Everyone of the St. John's Residence boys said goodbye to me, to Maria, to Red and Fate. Everyone of them shook hands with us or hugged us, thanked us for having them visit the farm, hugged Red and Fate. In the way of working dogs who sense what their humans need both dogs formed a greeting party and said goodbye to each one of the St. John's boys. Next time, I said, you can spend more time with them.
These boys remind me of the healing and loving power of dogs and animals, how much we need them in our lives, how much good they can do, given the chance. We need a new movement to keep animals in our world, not take them away. I think the movement is underway.
I saw how much love there is in the hearts of young men today, even those who have every reason to be hateful and angry. They do good work at St. John's.
Ed And Red
Like most people, Ed Watkins, who is painting our house, has become attached to Red, they talk each morning. Ed expects to finish up our house, he has been fun to work with and talk to. He calls me "Johnny" or "Catman" and scolds me for too much cursing and not enough drinking.
We are lucky to have found Ed, he is helping us get our farmhouse into the shape it deserves.
Red’s Special Place. The Loyalty Of The Spirit Dog.
I spent my days mostly at the computer, when I am not out buying groceries or working with Maria around the farm or herding the sheep with the dogs. Red has a special place, he lies behind my chair (I got him a bed or two for him and Fate to use, though she is rarely in my office). He is always there, it is his place.
The office is my space the cluttered space of the writer and blogger – books, papers, candles, computer.
Red is a spirit dog, he came to walk alongside me at this point in my life, he is always right there when I am working, I do not ever roll the chair back, I stand up so that I won't startle him or run over his legs. Spirit dogs are ever present and faithful, they slip into the rhythms of our lives, they mark the passages of time for us.
Red grounds me, he has a calm and stillness about him that is powerful and healing and spiritual for him. Like all spirit dogs, he comes when he is ready, he will leave when his work is done. I hope that will be a good while, he has only been with me for three years, but I cannot imagine writing without him, although I do accept that one day I will have to.