The doorbell rings. I blast out my doggie bed, slide across the newly stained hardwood floor and hustle down the stairs.
I push my human, Matt, out of the way. It’s very Important I get to the door first. There could be danger on the other side. There could be a friend. You just never know. I choose friend and wag and wiggle as best I can.
I can’t open the door by myself. I bark at Matt, wiggle some more. Doesn’t he get the urgency. “Come on, buddy,” I bark.
I then I hear it. A voice I’ll never forget. It’s Joe. I’m sure it’s Joe. I haven’t seen him since I was one. That’s five years.
I jump up, trying to get Matt to hurry. He laughs and opens the door. I explode through.
We bound, we rough-house, we run around in circles. The humans stand back and watch.
My muscles are sore, I’m panting hard. I think It’s time for a break. I invite Joe in to share my bed. We used to snuggle together all the time, but something has changed.
This is us 5 years ago.
This is us now.
I think the bed got smaller, but I still love Joe.