It's 6:30 a.m. and the predominating silence of the night has once more been shattered by the early morn's mournful cries of the neighbor's new puppy. At this moment it's a mild 46 degrees outside, well above freezing, but for the puppy in its first night at its new home, it's frigidly lonely.
After joining my wife in the backyard late last night as she introduced me to the newest member of the neighborhood, I retired. Trying to ignore the pitiful wailings from next door, I finally fell asleep.
But sleep didn't come as easily for my wife. She, too, had retired but apparently was unable to shut out the crying puppy. A bit later when turning over, I noticed her absence. As I lie there listening for her, the puppy's sobs once more permeated my conscience.
And then a funny thing happened. The puppy's crying suddenly gave way to puppy yelps and pleas and I knew where my wife had gone--back to the backyard! I'm not sure whether my wife's presence alleviated, for the moment, that dog's loneliness or exacerbated it.
But if there's one thing we both know, it's that dogs are pack animals. Attachment and loyalty to their family are primo priorities and we know how that puppy was suffering desperately all through the night at its imposed isolation from all creatures of which its only desperate need was
to love just one. That's all. But that was not to be. What a sad welcoming to that dog's new life.
We often think people should not be able to just go out on whim and plunk down a few bucks for a pet, especially a dog, without the awareness of what dogs are and why they are here. They are sentient creatures with the most important missions on Earth. Their very essence necessitates companionship of another creature to love. They are mankind's gift serving to remind of the better world it could be if only we could emulate dog's ability to love. Sadly, many people like our neighbors aren't getting the message. Despite all of "puppy's" pleas. Obviously not up to the companionship they chose to ignore all night, maybe today they can return their "merchandise"; maybe get a refund.