Missing the Dog

Posted By: John Moore · 6/19/2014 10:43:00 AM

Not to be a gloomy Gus (channeling the grandmother there) but I would be lying if I didn't say I've been missing the dog for the last two weeks. It's not that you don't know how big a place they take up in your life and your heart while they're here, it's just that you suddenly become aware of the subroutine you unconsciously run in your brain when you have a pet.

You put the key in the lock and you expect to hear the shake of their collar as they come to greet you. You walk in with the groceries and realize it doesn't matter if you put them on the floor. You no longer need to open and close doors like you're living in a submarine. Now when I open a snack or start frying something on the stove I have to shake off the sensation that if I turn around he’ll be there waiting expectedly for a treat.

There's a theory about why people see ghosts that I appreciate a bit more. Something like 75% of people say they see their partners after their deaths. The science behind it is that our brain -in order to reduce surprises- develops a means of having an ongoing awareness of the people we expect to see most often. The problem is that when they are gone, for a while the brain continues to transform shadows and ripples of light into those same people. Having spent six years with a rambunctious ball of fur under foot what my brain tells me now is that the house sure is empty without him. That's what the brain says, the heart has another impression altogether,

Thanks so much for all the kind words you have had over the past few weeks. It's much appreciated. 

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  1. angela posted on 06/19/2014 12:10 PM
    John we all miss Zack...
    I loved hearing your stories about the little guy.
  2. scott posted on 06/19/2014 04:05 PM
    If any one ever needed another dog it's you my friend.
    1. Sharon Frost posted on 06/20/2014 06:21 PM
      @scott I agree, great words, if anyone needs a dog John it is you!
  3. Maria posted on 06/19/2014 09:59 PM
    Thank you for sharing! I miss Zack too. Zack is happy in doggie heaven.
  4. Susan posted on 06/20/2014 10:56 AM
    I think of Zack every Friday now when I listen to you and there is no mention of him being in the studio. Time will heal. Zack was a very lucky doggie for his six short years.
  5. Sharon Frost posted on 06/20/2014 06:17 PM
    John, its funny, driving to work this morning - I was thinking it's Friday, Zack would have been there "Zack the Wonder Dog", Zack - "squirrel". We all miss him alot! Please you must get another - I have already thought of a really cute name for him "Woody". Get another male - they are much more affectionate. Females are great, but they can be a little moody. Hope you are doing OK, WE LOVE YOU John! We will stay tuned in, please let us know when and if you are considering it. We care and would just love to hear your thoughts especially about our dear dogs!
    Your Faithful Listener!
  6. Liz posted on 07/10/2014 08:15 AM
    John I am so sorry to hear about Zack I did not realize that he had crossed the bridge till you mention something this morning. I too just lost my beloved lab on the 22nd. He will be there waiting for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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