GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
When my late mother relocated to Johannesburg in 2004, the fate of her 9-year-old little dog, Tommy, was in question. After much thought, I decided to offer him a home (with my own three dogs) so that my mother could continue to see him. Unfortunately the old-age-home which she went to didn't allow animals, so Tommy came to live with us. We affectionately called him 'The Boarder'. It was a difficult transition for this little dog who had become accustomed to a life of freedom.
In Mom's little village he had become accustomed to running around the neighbourhood at will. He chased monkeys - who teased him from the tree-tops - and sampled the food of various doggie-friends in mom's village. Most of all though, Tommy was mom's 'heartdog'. His favourite place had always been on her lap, while she watched TV and cuddled him for hours.
In our home he had to became part of our pack with our strict routines.
This wasn't easy for this little dog, but he eventually settled down.
There is a lot to tell about little Tommy and I don't want to tell too much (It's all in my book - MAXDOG), but the thing that hit me most was his faithfulness to my mother. After her relocation she was only able to see him on weekends. Throughout Tommy's 6 years in our home, his favourite place was at our front door, where he waited patiently for Mom's visit every Sunday. He never quite adapted to life in our household despite all the love we showered on him. He'd always been devoted to my mom.
This week, I came across this photo of Tommy and it made my heart lurch.
Many of us have stories to tell about the faithfulness of our dogs. In Tommy's case this was evident by his habit of waiting for my mother's vist...at our front door...all week, until she arrived on a Sunday. He loved my mother. Even after her death in 2009, Tommy still sat by the door and waited for my mother - his master. It was heartbreaking to watch. He continued this habit until his own death last year.
As I look to the sunset, I know that Tommy and my mom are once again together.
What a faithful dog he was!