Hark for Blogophilia 51.6


Hark – photo from Google

 

It’s the Christmas season, not that I have anything to be cheery about, I’m still living on Church Road in my cardboard box.

‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ blares through the speakers at the Eaton Centre and unconsciously I hum along.

I heard somewhere about a stitch in time so this morning I hunted up some newspapers to wrap my feet in. My running shoes are thin and the wet snow goes right through. The insulation didn’t work. Slush soaks the shoes and my feet are cold; though the sun feels good on my back.

In my neighbourhood I can usually find a barrel or two going with a fire to keep warm. But I’ve come downtown for a change of scene and a bonfire wouldn’t be in keeping with these folks’ general air of snottiness.

A dog comes up to me, sniffs my foot and wags his tail then sits, his head tilted up with what appears to be a smile, as if he’s saying, “Hello friend.” He’s a funny looking thing, chocolate brown dachshund. He looks like one of the sausages the near-by food vendor is selling off his wagon. I am salivating at the odour and I think the dog probably is too.

I look at the animal and say “Hark.” Don’t ask me why. He jumps up from his sitting position onto all fours, wags his tail so fast the little stub is a blur and licks my hand.

I seen the dog around before, he has no tags so perhaps like me he’s homeless and a stray.

His reaction to “Hark” was like I called his name.

So now I have a dog. Just what I don’t need.

***

Written for
Blogophilia Week 51.6 Topic: A Stitch In Time
Bonus Points:
(Hard, 2 points) quote a Beatles song* I quoted two
(Easy, 1 point) mention a bonfire
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25 Responses to Hark for Blogophilia 51.6

  1. Chuck/Tyler says:

    I’m sure its easy to think you don’t need a dog – that you can’t add another life to tend to when yours is hard enough. But I understand how its impossible to say no to one

  2. Josh says:

    Hahahaha. Oh, nice. Making one prompt fit into two is a neat idea.

  3. Yeah, he does. A friend when you need one. Something that won’t care if you smell like a fishmarket and look like a garbage dump.

  4. irene says:

    Or maybe you did need a dog. 🙂 I liked this!

  5. Marvin says:

    This story does need continuation! Please make it so as I want to learn of the fate of these two vagabonds!
    8 points Earthling! 🙂

  6. Bettie says:

    Is a cute little doggy .. 🙂

  7. trev says:

    How these street urchins survive the winter at all is amazing to say the least Sue…
    heart rendering in deed girl… but now you have another mouth to feed!
    dogs are a persons best friend, they never judge you and always happy to see you.
    It’s quite something to be chosen by one… Is there a relationship in the making here?
    You had me hooked in the first two sentences..
    I am looking forward to see where they go from here Sue…
    Loved it girl.. 🙂 xxx

  8. jabeardrf says:

    It’s good to have a friend in such a depressing environment.

  9. well, at least he’ll have some company 🙂

  10. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb says:

    Amazing how those canine friends seem to find our hearts even when we don’t think we want to find theirs. Wonderful Blogophilia piece!

  11. VR Barkowski says:

    Sounds to me as if the two need each other—we must never turn down a friend. And that is an adorable photo. Who could resist such a face?

    VR Barkowski

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