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THROUGH THE EYES OF A DOG--A short story by Jude Kyrie

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DOG--A short story by Jude Kyrie

THROUGH A DOGS EYES.

BY Niko
a Golden Retriever

I am old and tired now and my duty on this planet is almost finished.
It seems only a fleeting moment again that I was a puppy.
I was so lucky that I met him. 
It was a sunny summer day I was huddled in a ball of fur with six other puppies.
A sign outside the stoop said Golden's for sale no papers. 
He drove up in his sports car and walked to the stoop where we were. 
He had kind eyes and dogs have the ability to see the soul through the eyes of others and it was a good soul. 
Every dog knows they are living karma that they must be the best they can be as a dog and one day they would be born as a human child.  This is common sense to a dog. 
I fought my way to the front of the puppy heap. And he picked me up I could smell the kindness pouring out from his skin. 
This one he said as I licked his face this one is the one I want. 
He named me Niko after the famous scientists Nikola Tesla.  My human soulmate was a science teacher at the high school. 
He took me everywhere I never was left at home but sat quietly next to his desk as he instructed the children in his class. 
At break time the children would play with me we ran and chased sticks and balls.  I was so happy. 
At night I slept at the foot of his bed it was my duty to protect him. 
To say that we loved each other was a gross understatement we sat together at night and watched television together that's where I learned all about human culture.  The animal planet was my favourite program and I watched it every day. 
It was perfect perhaps too perfect to last I was fully grown now a big golden retriever.
It changed that morning we went to school as always. 
I slept beside his desk and the sound of his voice was comforting and safe. 
Then she came into the room she was young and pretty in the humankind of way. 
He smiled at her and they talked about teaching methods and school politics.  I could smell her perfume and pheromones pungent in the air.
 I tried to get his attention to take me out but he was fixated on her.
The shop talk took a back seat and dinner dates took its place.
 
After that she was always around she sat on the sofa on my spot
and I tried to let her know she was not welcome here this was my seat and he was mine.
She should know I would never share him.
But she got to me patting my head kissing my crown.  Your so pretty Niko she purred. 
But she took my place on the bed as well
and they put me out of the room as they wrestled on the sleeping spot.
I heard strange noises and laughter as I waited outside the door.
 
Later I was allowed back in the room it was full of odours of humans but it was comforting.. 
We were a family together with him her and me their dog friend. Soon I loved her as much as him. 
I could not wait for her to kiss my head and rub my tummy.
Then just as I was getting settled into my new arrangement it changed again. 
I watched her rubbing her belly as she did with mine. 
And there was a roundness to it.
I could smell the aroma of another human being put together inside her. 
And I knew it meant changes to our life.

Later as her belly became rounder and she rested on the sofa I saw it Move the new human was stirring inside her. 
Oh! Niko, come here it's alright she sang. 
I wandered over to put your head here sweetheart patting her belly. 
I rested my big head on her tummy. 
Then I felt the new human kick me I nearly fell off the sofa. 
She felt my fear and smiled oh Niko it's just the baby letting us know it is alright. 

In the middle of the night a few weeks later they rushed out of the door
and the car started and screeched its tires and they never took me with them.  
A day later they came home Carrying the new human in their arms. 
I was curious  and later she called me Niko come and meet Angel 
I entered the bedroom and she was holding the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 
I was afraid that I would love her if I looked too long but it was too late I already knew that I did.
 
The next few years were the best years of my life.
we did everything as a family, my beautiful family my purpose in life to love and protect them all.
Angel grew to ten and I was getting old but we were inseparable
I was hugged every time she left the house.  And I worshipped her. 

Then her mom was unwell she was crying with headaches always swallowing things out of a little bottle
they never wrestled on the sleeping place anymore or made their happy sounds.
I was worried.

A while later she was doing dishes and fainted on the floor
I rushed to her and licked her face until she woke up. 
Then I cursed the limitations of being a dog
my big flappy tongue that could not let me Enunciate words like a human,
flapped in uselessness as only whines and barks came out. 
I could smell the sickness in her head
it had an odour of rotting vegetation faint and constantly there
I knew it it was bad it was the sickness. 
I stayed by her side all through the sickness even when she lost her hair
I poured my hearts love on her. 

I saw my owner crying holding Angel telling her they were losing her. 
They needed me more than ever now
and for sure I must stay here with them even though my time was near
I had my duty to fulfill my karma as a dog. It was my purpose for being. 

It was springtime when she left us
I was sat next to her bed as her hand was resting on my old head
I felt it lighten and slip from me and I knew  ...i knew. 
I barked quietly and they came up and wept. 

A year later
I was losing my sight, my eyes were fuzzy and I did not see things very well. 
The day I wandered into the road as a car hit me
I knew it was my fault my time
and I knew my duty in my dog karma had been completed, faithfully. 
and I was ready for my next journey with my soul.

Angel rushed out and held my head I looked into her beautiful face for the last time.
Don't die, stay with me she wept.
I gave her my last look with her memory fixed in my soul
ready to live forever as souls do and I would see her in my dreams in my next life. 

Eight years later

My owner had moved to New England as principal to a.prestigious academy.
Angel had grown into a beautiful young woman. 
She was training as a caregiver
and working for the winter break at the orphanage in the nearby blue-collar town 
 The children were mostly from poor families.

Her dad picked her up and dropped her off at work. 
And as he waited in the yard of the institution he saw a little boy of about 8 years of age. 
He had beautiful long Sandy hair and deep dark eyes. 
Angel came out ready to go home
and saw her father walking over to the boy.
They looked into the eyes of each other
and saw deep into their souls a familiar place that he recognized so well.
The nurse from the orphanage joined them
and said, he's been with us for four years now
since his parents were killed in a car accident.
He has never spoken a word since being here.
 
Angel said what is your name honey
he lifted his face and looked at the lovely young woman
and said softly my name is Nicholas but you can call me Niko

Five years later
Niko had been formally  adopted and was turning into a fine young man
All was well in their world's 
And just like clouds that change shape as they pass bye.
Their family changed shape, once more and peace reigned in their lives. 

Which is as all dogs are born knowing 
just  Karma
so you can be born again one day
into something much much better. 
The end 

JUDES NOTE
INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE 
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
A MUST WATCH FOR DOG LOVERS

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Awww....I have to see this movie with my children...I love dogs, and they add so much to our lives with their loyal protective natures and unconditional love that we can learn so much from their nature....Thanks for sharing this lovable story of Nico....xo ;)

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