So here I am looking forward to walking with my doggie friends – Dimko and Banji. Mutts, of course are very common in my neighborhood. Dogs are not neutered because there is an underlying anxiety that they will no longer be ‘real’ dogs. Never mind the irony that people use silicon and botox to enhance their appearance or use contraceptives and other procedures to prevent reproduction. So late spring the community is flooded with some of the cutest sweetest little cats and dogs. Just want to bend over and take them home!
My neighbor now has two of these dogs –a few months old and quite an odd pair –Dimko with curly black hair with a delicate patch of white on his front legs, proportionate build and quite a sweetheart. Banji on the other hand turned out with short legs, glossy black short hair, one erect ear and one folded over and quite a character. For the first couple of weeks when I passed him on the road, he would run scared and refuse to approach me.
Soon Dimko and Banji joined my friend Cena and I for a walk. As we climbed up the mountain trail we met a dog that protected his turf fiercely. Whereas, Dimko went gamboling around and made friends immediately, Banji scooted home and would not join us on that path. Indulging him we set off on a different trail and Banji happily led the way, looking back every so often to make sure we were following. Reminded me of a little child. Banji now keeps a look out for me as I walk past his house and follows me up and down the street, but never loosing sight of his home.