A Year Has Passed: Mocha and Boo, Looking Back

From the SPA

By Harry Burrus

Knowing that Boo and Mocha were adopted and would be leaving the SPA, my walks with them on that final weekend a year ago were particularly poignant. Twice before, I’d had my last walk with Mocha, only to have him returned. I suspected this time that he would not be coming back.

So, as I took my separate walks with each of them up to the flat area and then up the hill to sit on the sidewalk, looking out at the Guanajuato foothills to the south and west as we had done so many times, I told them how much I had enjoyed them, how much they meant to me, what I had learned from them, and that I’d never forget them. Earlier, I told myself that I was going to be stoic and control my emotions, an optimist that I sometimes say I am, knowing that I would completely fail at the task, and I did. Big time. It didn’t help my composure as Mocha pressed against my side the entire route, looking up at me, stopping, waiting to be petted, and at the top sitting completely in my lap, big boy that he is, obscuring everything in front of me except for his lovely brown coat, which I could see quite clearly.

Boo gave her usual more than gentle tugs, always eager as we walked, stopping and looking back and up at me, waiting for her hugs, then continuing, then stopping again for more abrazos. On our perch at the top, she licked me on the nose. Then again, for emphasis. I responded in kind, receiving several black hairs as a souvenir.

Monday came. The dog advocate asked me to put a new leather collar on Mocha that the owner had brought and help take Mocha out to her car. She put a new collar on Boo and led her out. We put them in the back of Lynn’s Nissan X-Trail. The worker of the man who adopted them sat in the rear passenger seat holding the leashes. Lynn asked me if I wanted to come. I declined. I didn’t even watch them leave as she prepared to follow the owner out to his place on the road to Dolores. I couldn’t.

The SPA has many wonderful dogs waiting to become part of families. Come and meet them at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, from 11am until 2pm. Fill your hearts with joy and love that come from opening your life to an SPA pet.

 

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