I Am Shiba.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Paging Dr. Cortez

So yesterday was The Woman's last day of work before having two weeks off. I was home resting peacefully when suddenly she came to the house, and called me with leash in hand. Of course, I responded with a stretch and a scratch, and came to the door to see what adventure she was summoning me for.

It turns out, there was a sad child at her place of employment. This Child had been crying about the holiday season and his family and was feeling depressed. The teacher told The Woman that This Child was upset and was going to get him a few slices of pizza (all the teachers got free pizza for the holiday season party) and it was decided that I would sit with The Child to help cheer him up.

So, I made an emergency visit to the school to provide an intervention on a Very Sad Soul.

The Child was curled up in a corner of the classroom eating his pizza. He had his big thick jacket covering himself up, trying to look invisible. But sitting next to him, was The Shiba. Looking quietly at The Child, giving all this attention to the young boy and the pizza he was holding. A perfect sit, with head arched, ears sloped forward- never moving forward but just watching. About every third bite, The Child broke a small piece of pizza and offered it to The Shiba, who gently took it from The Child, and then waited and watched for more. The Child never left his corner; The Shiba never left The Child. After the pizza was gone, The Shiba licked the pepperoni juices
off the fingers of The Child and then snuggled in for a chest and belly rub. This made The Child laugh, particularly as The Shiba stretched Himself across the lap of the child, comically waving his two front paws in the air.

Before the bell rang ending the class, The Woman approached The Child and Myself, and asked The Child if he would like to walk Me to his next class. He did. So the two of us left early and I escorted him in the hallways, making sure that he safely arrived to his next destination. A final hug to me, and The Woman giving a Hug to The Child, we finished our day in her office until it was time for me to escort her on her after work errands.

May This Child, and Everyone Else, have a Peaceful and Merry Christmas.

I Am Shiba. Blessed Be.


Blogger Diane of the dogs said...

good man Cortez. As alwaya I am proud of you

7:10 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

What a sweet shiba story :-)

7:24 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Merry Christmas, Cortez. You and your People have a great Christmas!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Masako said...


You deserve extra Christmas treats for being such a good shiba and lifting this child's spirits.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Vi said...

That was a very lovely story. I hope that you all have a happy new year.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In that afternoon, for those moments, you made the biggest difference in the heart of that little boy. You gave him a gift he wasn't expecting and delighted in.

I hope you and your pack had a very merry christmas and will have the happiest in the new year to come.

Nikko's Mama

9:29 AM  

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