For the Love of my Dog

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To my fur baby, Ivan the Terrible. You saved me. You are my protector. And I will always protect you and love you forever.

www.loveisrespect.org

Gasping for breath


Barefoot I pounded the cement


And turned the earth a centimeter with every step


No, I won't let you go


Please don't leave


Stinging lungs


But I wouldn't let him go


I love you. I love you. I love you.


Run run run, keep running


Never stop running


A wild dog & a wild woman


Tame one or let go of the other


He would show me what loyalty looked like


"He'll stay with you, I promise"


My boyfriend said as he had his thumb on the latch


"Nooo... no... I don't think"


"Don't take him off his leash"


"Watch, he'll stay."


"No, don't."


As soon as my dog realized he was free


He bolted across the street


"God dammit, mother fucker"


It was 42 degrees outside


And I tipped the earth 1 degree with every step


No, don't go. I won't let you go.


You're the last piece of me I have


You're my only hope


All I had was my boyfriend and my dog


Every inch of my life had been taken away


And within I had one last strand


"Don't leave!"


My dog was having a blast


He loved the game we were playing


I try to catch him


He does figure 8,888's


Sprinting onto the university president's property


Sharp left turn


Rounding the bases


Needing to bring him home


I enter the property


Feet first


Dead of night


So dark


Tracking him


Desperately escaping


Pushing breath


Into my lungs


Twice as hard


Cold wet grass


Patio?


Nope, swimming pool cover


Almost slipped through the crack


Wouldn't have been found till summer


On the surface, a foot deep in freezing water


Every gradient I touched barefoot


And survived somehow


Stabbing woodchips


Rough gravel


And I couldn't be stopped


IVY!


Still trotting and halting so I miss him


Looking back and smiling hard at me


Maybe he was leading me away from him


With all his might


A thousand woodchips I crushed beneath me


Certain my feet were bleeding


One last figure 8


I lunge at him

 

FINALLY


I hold on as tight as I can


"Don't ever do that to me again!"


Gasping


Good lord he is heavy


I pick him up and drag us toward home


Feet gripping the earth at 164 pounds a foot


Heavier and lighter at the same time


Uggghhhhh, thank God


I had my baby boy back


Relief filled up from within me


My boyfriend’s car pulls up


"Babe, I'm SO sorry"


I turn and growl


I grip my sweet puppy and feel his warmth and it fills me up to the brim


Everything else was stopping me from leaving him


But for the love of my dog.
 

 

 

"A 2017 study showed that 89% of women who had companion animals during an abusive relationship reported that their animals were threatened, harmed, or killed by their abusive partner."

https://aldf.org/article/the-link-between-cruelty-to-animals-and-violence-toward-humans-2/

 


Submitted: November 20, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Roxanne Byrne. All rights reserved.

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Criss Sole

I was deeply touched as i read this. And i'm glad you brought awareness to animal cruelty.
Ivan sounds like such a character, and i am so glad you have each other.

Wed, November 25th, 2020 4:49pm

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Thank you so much Criss! I'm sorry it took me a while to get back to this. I'm so happy you were touched by my story. And yes, when I first found out about the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence I felt that it really needed to be talked about more. It's hard to believe anyone would abuse an innocent little animal.

Thank you again for commenting, your thoughts on my work mean so much to me!

Mon, January 11th, 2021 8:44pm

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