Five Card Story: Dasheil

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The dog howling outside my window was so insistent, I had to go look. It was not the cry of an animal pain – either from injury or loneliness. It was more a like a call to come out and play, be a companion, join him or her on their next adventure. I hadn’t been out in so long. Staying indoors was fear-driven at first and then became a habit. To the point where I don’t even go on walks much anymore. I practice some yoga but honestly after a day of being in front of a screen – I am strangely exhausted and I tend to re-locate to the sofa. Not great. But I have given in a little to this strange time when self-discipline is pretty optional.

Today felt different. I was on the upswing – new resolve and that’s the rhythm of the pandemic I think. Anyway, this dog was beautiful and insistent and I believe he/she was smiling. I remember my spaniel Jasper radiated happiness when he barked at me with the invitation to come play. I pulled curtains and assuming the dog – I had named him Dashiell in my head 0 Dash for short could see me – I nodded. Hang on – I’ll be right there. Took a while to find keys a sweatshirt and my cell phone – just in case and I headed out.

I was going to bring a treat to make friends – but no need. Dash and I fell into step and I went for the first walk I had taken in a couple of weeks. We passed someone in the neighborhood – and they looked down – as people often do when they aren’t wearing a mask. The “look away of shame.” Dash paid him no mind and we kept on walking as if we had been doing this for a long time. The route was taking us through the decaying part of town but then Dash turned a corner and headed us to the outskirts of town and a wooded area.

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