Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waiting



Does any creature wait more patiently than a dog? Some dogs wait for hours for their humans to come home, listening for the sound of a footfall, a car engine, a key in the lock. Dogs know how to wait because they must. They have thousands of years of practice at it.

Some dogs are famous for waiting, like Hachiko, an Akita who is still remembered in Japan for appearing at a train station every evening for nine years to wait—in vain—for his person. And then there's Argos, the most patient dog in literature, who so yearned for one last glimpse of his beloved master that he waited 20 long years for Odysseus to finally come home.

This beautiful saluki didn't have long to wait until her human came out of the grocery store, but with her chin resting on the seat back, eyes fastened on the door of the market, I could tell she was prepared to wait an eternity, if that's what it took.

3 comments:

The Lonely Dogs said...

Oh how I love that long nose, and the purposeful gaze. I can just imagine the welcome when her friend arrived back.

I had the pleasure of finally getting my hands on a copy of Zooburbia when I was home this summer, and I have to say that I loved every square inch of it! You've written a really special book, Tai, the kind of book everyone in the world should read. Each chapter was filled with such beautiful observations and gentle wisdom. If I was a dog-earer, I would have dog eared the whole thing!

Tai said...

Thank you so much, Kathryn. I am in awe of the beautiful photographs you create of your pack of loved ones. I hope someday I'll get to sign your copy of Zooburbia.

Danni said...

Tai...I had no idea...
I'm heading over to Amazon right now.
I simply must have your book.

-danni