Our Portuguese Podengo, Delfina is ten today.
In celebration of all she has given, a poem,
She says Pay Attention! She barks it. She growls it. She shows it through posture. She lives it teaching by example. Awareness. This is the only commandment. Pay attention. Ten thousand years of companionship. Ten thousand years of assistance vigilance guidance and care. I owe her for this. I thank her for this. She says Pay Attention! She only accepts repayment lying across my chest laying down her long neck on my chest her head laid flat. A deep sigh. I now see even then she is saying Pay Attention! This time to inside and between. It’s so hard to forget the outside so compelling. Awareness. This is the only commandment. Pay attention.
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