Do you remember your first dog love? Can you recall that first feeling of unconditional affection and devotion? Luckily it is a love that never leaves you. Last weekend these memories and emotions came flooding back as I met a reincarnation of my childhood dog, Defor (pictured above with my younger brothers).
I was about eight years old when our neighbour’s Corgi gave birth to a litter of puppies she had conceived with some type of Jack Russell cross. Defor chose me and we went on many adventures together. Defor chased the mean boys on their bikes. And he always found a way to escape from home and follow us to school. He became a school fixture and when I graduated to high school he kept returning to my primary school and was even the subject of many art classes. Defor kept me company when I was lonely and consoled me through some devastating primary school clashes. Unfortunately the weekend of his death was also the weekend when my childhood innocence departed and as such he remains a lasting emblem of the simplicity and naivety of youth.
So you can imagine my delight when Scooby sprang into our lives last weekend. Scooby was an abandoned dog rescued by a friend of ours. He is believed to be a cross between a Jack Russell and a Deerhound. However, to me he is more like a long-legged Defor. Like Defor, Scooby is a friendly and affectionate dog. Scooby gives and receives lots of joy from cuddling humans. He is also super clever and energetic. His favourite game is Zoomies – a self taught game of zooming around in circles so that he can’t be caught.
To me, Scooby was a poignant reminder of the tenderness of childhood loves. He is a lasting legacy of the joy our doggy friends provide and the affection they bring throughout our lives.