Things I love about Reub

  1. His gorilla head.
  2. His ridiculously long legs.
  3. The whites of his eyes and how they look like diamonds when he looks at me a certain way.
  4. How even though he has slept on the bed for 51/2 years he never just jumps up. He waits and waits and stares and stares until we invite him up. Every single time.
  5. How in the morning he backs into me so I will scratch his big hairy bum.
  6. How he closes his eyes when I massage his shoulders.
  7. How he thinks when I’m drying him off that I’m trying to rub his bum so he backs into me again because he thinks this is a big game.
  8. How he falls onto grass from a complete standing position onto his back and rolls and rolls and rolls around.
  9. How when we’re at our most tired he picks up the ball and heaves it across the room at us to make us play with him.
  10. How he lets me spoon and fawn over him endlessly.
  11. How he tries to sit on my head when I’m stretching.
  12. How he sits on my legs.
  13. How he loved having me pick him up all the time when he was little.
  14. How he never returns the ball ever unless you say SIT six times then he spits it out at you and walks away.
  15. How he only catches the ball if he feels like it .
  16. His big skinny gangly legs in the water when he swims.
  17. How he loves me more than anything else.
  18. How he loves Dave.
  19. How he is an unabashed sissy.
  20. How he doesn’t just love anybody.
  21. How trusting he is.
  22. How he is our best friend in every way.
  23. How he loves snow and runs around like crazy in it.
  24. How he runs in crazy circles, stops suddenly looks at you with his gorilla head and then starts all over again.
  25. His love of jumping into tall grass.
  26. How he adventures but only ever with Dave.
  27. His soul.
  28. His heart.
  29. His unconditional friendship.
  30. How when he’s feeling unsure he gives you his paw.
  31. How he likes to talk and talk and talk.
  32. How he wags his tail in the gurney even as he is being rushed into his fourth surgery.
  33. How everyone in ICU stops by and gives him kisses.
  34. How he never growls or gets mean even with caregivers who are constantly prodding him with needles, IV’s and drugs.
  35. How he gathers our smelly socks and t-shirts and uses them to build his nest.
  36. How he fusses over his nest until it’s just perfect.
  37. How he arranges my t-shirts even in ICU so all the nursing staff talk about how he lies on the shirts or makes a pillow with them.
  38. How he loves to race Dave when they’re swimming making his gangle legs go even faster.
  39. The look of determination when he’s racing Dave.
  40. How he never tires of the game he and Dave play each and every time they leave the house that always results in Reub belting down the hall at full speed looking back wildly to make sure Dave’s coming.
  41. How he wags his tail when he knows we’re going to the car.
  42. How he much prefers to be driven than walked.
  43. Did I mention his heart? I love his big big heart and his old soul.
  44. I was only going to write 10 things I love about Reub but it’s impossible to stop once you get going.


Filed under Animal Activism, Dog Stuff, Random Musing

3 responses to “Things I love about Reub

  1. lisa g

    well you brought tears to my eyes.


  2. *hugs*

    That was so sweet Tessa. thanks for sharing with all of us.

    I hope Reuben gets better very soon. I’m keeping him (and you and Dave) in my thoughts.

  3. Gigi

    wow, i feel for you guys, and the Reub. I’m sending good thoughts!

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