Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: A dog’s devoted courtship

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 8/18/2014

After living with dogs for most of her life, Katharina Cirko believes that “the main purpose of their too-short lives is to teach humans how to love completely and selflessly.” In her story “Matters of the Doggy Heart,” published in our most recent book on dogs, Katharina related the story of how her neighbor’s black Lab J.J. courted her Cairn Terrier Bailey for years.

Before coming to live with Katharina at the age of 1 1/2, Bailey had been attacked by a large, black dog. So, when she first met J.J. she was terrified. J.J., for his part, was smitten, despite Bailey’s feelings.

After living with dogs for most of her life, Katharina Cirko believes that “the main purpose of their too-short lives is to teach humans how to love completely and selflessly.” In her story “Matters of the Doggy Heart,” published in our most recent book on dogs, Katharina related the story of how her neighbor’s black Lab J.J. courted her Cairn Terrier Bailey for years.

Before coming to live with Katharina at the age of 1 1/2, Bailey had been attacked by a large, black dog. So, when she first met J.J. she was terrified. J.J., for his part, was smitten, despite Bailey’s feelings.

Determined to win her over, J.J. devised a plan. One evening, as Katharina and Bailey passed their neighbor’s house, J.J. grabbed a treat and ran to the door, barking for his owner to let him out. Then he ran outside, laid the treat by Bailey’s feet and stood by, wagging his tail, as she ate it. From that day forward, J.J. waited by the window every evening and bothered his owner to let him out as soon as he saw Bailey coming. If there weren’t any treats available, he’d carry on until he was given something else — a rawhide or a cookie — to offer her. He continued this daily routine, a dog’s courtship ritual, for seven years, the rest of Bailey’s life. Katharina pointed out in her story that J.J. never brought treats to another dog, even after Bailey’s death, “remaining steadfast in his love and devotion to Bailey, his one true love.”

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