“Ronin is at the door I think,” my husband Ken said out loud as I lay comfortably very cosy in our bed early one morning before the sun was up. He gets up before I do to dress have breakfast and head to work. I am not a morning person by nature so in my dozy state thought he had incorrectly said there was a dog at our front door.
Ronin is a bouncy lovable young Boxer. I have walked him on occasion while his owners are working days or at times I would bring him to our home while they worked at night. He lives around three blocks away from us around on another street.
My family has watched him grow from a young pup to an adult before our eyes. I am always amazed at his physique muscular with incredible posture ready to spring straight upwards in play like Boxers do. It reminds me of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh bouncing along….On the flip side upon greeting me would try to lick my face or the air, feeling it was more appropriate. Every time it it has me laughing madly at him to stop or curb the enthusiasm.
One perk being a dog walker is an intense appreciation of the dogs on your arrival. Tail wagging, rubbing on my legs, a howl or an occasional canine smile .I always knew Ronin and I were “tight.” His owner affectionately calls me Auntie Bec.
Now back to the early morning surprise at our door. Ronin arrived without his owner and scratched at our door. Ken let him in and had me come down to verify our unexpected guest. Within seconds I knew it was him by the bounce and air licking of my face. I looked out the door and no sign of his owner so called his cell. Sure enough Ronin had bolted after a squirrel and he was trying to track him down for a while.
He was ecstatic his pup was safe and showed up minutes later. We were amazed he knew to head to our house and scratch on the door for assistance. A happy ending for all involved.
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