Dog days 6. (occasional tales of life with my people)…

01 Dec

Missed the beginning? Go back to part one here…

Part 6 – Slowing down.

(Translated from the original by dalecooper57)

Karla is a lady now.
She tells me so.

Karla is The Numphlet to Him and to Her.
But to everyone else I am Karla.

Now when we go out, I walk next to Her, I don’t run after things that jump in the grass.
I sniff all the wonderful smells, but I don’t want to play chase anymore.
Karla still loves sticks, but only slow ones.


Sometimes after a swim, Karla feels tired now, legs all wobbly.

But when I go out to The Park with my people and I stop to swap smells with another dog, They sometimes talk to the other dog’s people.

They say things like;
– Oh isn’t she beautiful! She’s a puppy isn’t she?
– No, she’s actually nine.
– Actually she’s ten, if you can believe that. But she still thinks she’s a puppy, that’s what it is.

(I don’t know what “nine” or “ten” is, but they seem proud of me so I jump and jump, barking and wagging my tail, to make sure They know I’m happy about it)

– See? Still a puppy at heart. Karla calm down, you’re too old for that, you’ll hurt yourself.

But Karla can’t help it.
Karla loves being outside, and sometimes the feeling of freedom is too much and I have to run and run.
But the outside is scary too, there are noises outside that frighten Karla.

Sometimes, when They are talking to other dogs’ people, they’ll say;
– She’s getting terrible now, she’s frightened of everything.
She was really brave when she was a puppy, now if someone bursts a balloon a mile away, she’s off.

Oh, Karla thinks that’s unfair.

Wait. Was that a noise?


Right, Karla thinks it’s time for a trot back to the car now.
Ok, more of a gallop really.
Well, maybe just a bit faster.

– KARLA! Mind the traffic!
– Good grief, that (bad word) dog has the road sense of a watermelon.
– You bad girl, you nearly got run over.

Back at the car now.
{Innocent look} Who, me?
Happy now, even though He is angry. He’s not really angry, Karla knows.


“Ok, we’re here now, close the door and let’s go!”

Who said anything about slowing down?

Except when we get home, then Karla does feel tired.
But that’s ok too, as long as I’m near Them.
And after all, there’s always room for one more on the big bed at sleep time.


Karla dreams of chasing sticks.
Karla dreams of chasing the big stupid birds.
Karla dreams of running and running.

Karla dreams…


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13 responses to “Dog days 6. (occasional tales of life with my people)…

  1. Ron

    December 1, 2013 at 15:41

    Aw…what a sweet post, Dale! Anytime I see a photo of Karla, I always think of our family dog (Ginger) who was also a German Shepard and had similar markings as Karla. German Shepard’s are such sweet, loyal and intelligent dogs. Love the photo of you and Karla!

  2. Big D

    December 1, 2013 at 16:22

    That was lovely. And Karla is adorable.

  3. monique

    December 1, 2013 at 18:27

    please contact me via skype name – monique8945 – love your blog and would like to chat about it “blogging” – (I am a new blogger) but that is only if you have time 🙂

  4. Lanthie Ransom

    December 1, 2013 at 19:12

    Karla is very adorable!

  5. jerseylil

    December 2, 2013 at 06:34

    Wonderful post, Dale! Really like the way you write it from Karla’s viewpoint. Having had aging dogs, I can relate to the wobbly legs, can’t chase much anymore, being frightened of everything (my Roscoe got that way, one day he heard a noise by the food bowl and would never eat out of that bowl again, toward the end we had to hand feed him). Great photos of Karla, such an expressive face! I especially love the one of you with Karla, so easy to tell that she was much loved. Was Karla a German Shepherd mix? My Roscoe was a Collie/German Shepherd mix, and Coco, who is still with us but 12 now, is a German Shepherd mix.

    • dalecooper57

      December 2, 2013 at 11:21

      Her mum was a pure Shepherd and her dad was a Doberman/Collie cross.

      • jerseylil

        December 3, 2013 at 17:19

        A nice mix, similar to my dogs except for the Doberman. Karla clearly had one great personality! You’ve got wonderful memories, and a blog to write about her so her memory will live on and on, and those who never met her can look at her picture, read about Karla, and smile. I know your post made me smile!

      • dalecooper57

        December 3, 2013 at 17:21

        Yep, she made everyone happy. ;~}

  6. joey

    January 22, 2016 at 20:38

    I tell you, I’ve never been so attached to a dog. I’m a cat person. This is the first dog that’s been Mine. Not ours, not theirs, but Mine. It’s different. Sometimes when I am petting her, I’m so angry she won’t live forever. She’s my girl. We’ve been therapy for one another for years now. I hope we have many years to go.
    Thank you for sharing your Karla stories. I can tell you loved one another with that special bond.

    • dalecooper57

      January 22, 2016 at 20:40

      It still makes me sad that she isn’t around. I should have written the final chapter, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. ;~{


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