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Chikis: she chose me

Harrry and Chikis

When I first started volunteering and walking dogs a little over two years ago, I was drawn to the larger dogs. I had a specific aesthetic that appealed to me: SPA dogs like Corie, Molly, Laika, and Michelle. One day this dramatically changed. I was coming back from walking Canela and had just closed the door on her casita when I sensed something rapidly approaching to my left—a white blur with varying black spots and patches was sprinting towards me, ears back, tongue a-streaming banner. She put on the brakes, leaned back and came to an abrupt stop, sitting next to me. It was little Chikis.

Now, my day would not be complete if I didn’t spend time with Chikis. I know she’s excited to see me heading towards her casita and I’m pleased to see her. When I call out her name or wave to her, she’s pumped. Her sheer excitement moves me. When we climb the steep hill and sit at the top, Chikis in my lap, we absorb the panoramic view and look at the foothills to the south. I tell her how it looks like a Cezanne painting and how a street in the middle distance reminds me of a de Chirico. While I am describing this, Chikis looks at me attentively. She has an admirable quality—she’s a good listener. When I ask her what she thinks of my observations, she stretches her little neck and licks me on the nose.

As we walk, Chikis’ heightened olfactory investigates plants, grass, and flowers. She prefers observing butterflies to chasing lizards, but they always dart away before she can get in a good sniff. I barely hold the leash and sometimes I let go. Chikis continues her survey and then stops. Realizing I am seven yards behind her, she scurries to me, sitting at my feet.

I’ve found that people are often different from what they pretend to be. Chikis is the uninhibited truth. Nothing is camouflaged. Her enthusiasm and affection are palpable and Chikis knows I am there for her as she is there for me.

The day can be sunny with a cerulean blue sky. It can be cloudy and windy; a light drizzle may be falling foreshadowing heavier rain. No matter. Chikis has an appetite and is ready to take a bite out of the day. She’s available for adoption. Come meet her.


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