May 17th, 2016
Happiness is being greeted by a Newfoundland dog. I could be gone 5 minutes or 3 hours when I am no longer in Bailey’s view. Upon my return, I get a reception from her that seems to shout, “Oh, how I have missed you!” She is exuberant with her kisses and nuzzling. I needed this welcoming today. I awoke to shooting pain from my knee and imagined staying in bed for the entire day. With a day jam packed with stuff to do, I knew it was only a dream. I can’t say that I was in a positive frame of mind. Knee surgery is now only a week away and for that I am thankful. Knowing Bailey would be waiting to go out after a long night of sleeping, I got up. It was a very slow process. Sure enough, Bailey was patiently sitting in her usual spot. I bent down to rub her and was instantly covered with a roving tongue. I am not big on taking drugs. Being in Bailey’s presence is the best natural medicine. She is a pro at getting me to forget about my aches. We enjoyed our three walks during the day. Bailey seemed to realize that pulling would not be a good idea and heeled with little effort from me. Her sensitivity to my condition continued inside. She kept me entertained with her antics that I hardly gave much thought to my knee. I laughed and smiled. I was no longer grumpy. Happiness is Bailey!