Homer by Elisha Cooper
Rating: 4 sweet stars
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE JUST LOST A PET! I don't want to make you cry...I already teared up at the end of the book, and our dogs are still young and frisky.
Okay, I'll continue now.
This is a simple book of big, gorgeous pictures and few words. An old dog lays on a porch, his family inviting him to go with him down to the beach. He politely declines and just watches, observing, taking it all in.
Before he heads in, one of his People asks: "Do you need anything?"
Looking out at the beachy sunset, clearly thinking to himself of all his kids who came to play with him while he sat, immobile, and smiling like labs and Goldens do, he thinks:
"Nope, I have everything I want. I have you."
And then, at the end of the day, he gets up and stretches his stiff body and makes his way inside. He painfully travels from the porch to an old, comfy chair, and then falls asleep, as his People work around him.
Our two weimaraners are still crazy, despite the fact that they are almost ten years old. Their favorite moments of the day are clearly those right after bedtime, when I come down the stairs empty-handed and breathing out for the first time all day, looking forward to the transition from mother to wife as my husband drives home from work. It's usually just me and them walking around the woods together for a few minutes, them romping happily, and me enjoying the quiet. They would be happy if I was a stay-at-home-dog-mom, tending to them all day long. Maybe then they'd get a bath more than once a month!
Dogs are so great. A big pat to your dog if you've got one, too.