And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
We had all wondered if Amazing Gracie the Wonderdog would remember Number One Son when he came home from college for the first time. On Friday evening, that question was answered in dramatic fashion.
Around 5:00 PM, Gracie was staring out the dining room window when she began to emit her characteristic high-pitched, “I GOTTA HAVE IT, I GOTTA HAVE IT!” whine, the one normally reserved for the chipmunks and squirrels that she routinely spots and gives chase to in our backyard. She then began to shake and quiver from nose to tail, and we didn’t even have to look out the window to know that Number One must be standing in the driveway.
She did a couple of quick warm-up laps around the circuit leading from the dining room to the kitchen through the family room into the entry hall and back to the dining room window. As Number One began to turn the knob to the front door, Gracie stretched out her long frame and peeked out the side window for a better look at her beloved boy. When he stepped into the entry hall, she immediately jumped up, placed her paws on his shoulders and gave him the first of many sloppy, wet “kisses” that she would slather him with over the next few minutes. Taking the hint, Number One dropped to his knees, whereupon Gracie tackled him and began to nibble at his hands and face as if to say, “Where in the world have you been, boy?”
This went on for quite a while, and for the remainder of the time that he was home, she followed him around like, well, a puppy dog, and wouldn’t let him out of her sight.
Man’s best friend–it’s not just a phrase.