Posting days: Sunday and Wednesday and, sometimes, maybe, extra bits in between.
Sunday October 21st 2018
This morning, as soon as Ji. comes into the house, Isis becomes very, very excited. While I finish my breakfast, she bounces up and down joyfully by our feet, tail in an ecstasy of wagging.
This is very unusual.
For months now, there have been only two options: if the sun is shining unequivocally, Isis plays in the garden while Ji. and I natter for three hours, drink our coffee and eat our cakes; if it is a nice, dull day, Isis settles down patiently with us in the front room. On these occasions, when Ji. is ready to go home, we all set off together, then Ji. makes his way to the bus stop and Hairy One and I peel off towards the park.
So why, today, is she so excited as soon as he comes through the door?
I don’t twig.
Ji. does. “She knows there’s a car out there,” he says wisely.
O.K., there was a car parked on our drive overnight. But dogs don’t make inferences, do they?
When we leave the house, Isis is very interested in the smells. She sniffs her way, literally every inch of the way down the drive. Her nose doesn’t leave the ground until she reaches the gate.
Although the sun is bright today, she sniffs the air enquiringly, and crosses the pavement.
Yes! It definitely is a car.
But it doesn’t smell like her car.
She tries to scramble into the passenger seat with Ji.
Gently diverted, she stays with the safety of the pavement and stretches her neck in order to give the inside of the car a long, cautious sniff.
Then she climbs in and settles down on the new dog seat-cover.
This smells strange too. There’s a faint whiff of Human around, but no smell of Isis.
But yes! We’re off!
It is her car.
Could a dog possibly, possibly, be going to ……………….
Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact email@example.com or www.dogwatchuk.co.uk