-Sit. Stay. Roll over.-
I try to obey these commands every time.
Good boy! Yes!
I must've done it right this time!
It's my girl asking me to do these things, so I always try to please.
I love my girl, and she loves me, so all in all we're pretty happy
Every day goes mostly the same
So I sit.
She scratches behind my ears
So I stay.
She pets my back.
So I roll over
She rubs my belly
So I'm happy
Some days, we go on long walks
Some days, we go to the park
Most days, she wants to play with me in the yard
We run and jump over mud puddles
We cuddle in her tree house
And we could roll in the grass for hours
But we don't, because we want to hurry home for dinner
Sometimes, her friends come to play too
Then, she asks me to stay inside
I'd rather play, but I don't mind waiting if it means my girl is happy
But no matter what, every night we curl up in her bed, and she falls asleep with her arm around me
One day, there's a lot of activity in the house
Boxes and furniture all appear then disappear
The house is empty, now, but my girl is excited so I am too
But one day, my girl climbs into the car
I run to follow, but the big human pulls me back.
He clips a leash around my neck, and I wiggle with excitement.
We're going on a walk!
But he ties the leash to the front porch instead.
So I sit
So I stay
Even as I watch my family get into the car
Even as they drive away, leaving me behind
Even three hours later, when it begins to get dark
But the next morning, I can't take it anymore.
I know I'm supposed to listen, to obey
But I know my girl needs me
So for the first time, I roll over without being asked
I roll right out of my collar
And hop up onto my feet
That was easier than I thought.
Then, I start to trot in the direction I saw my girl go
After all, I'm sure she's expecting me
Maybe this was a game, one I hadn't listened to the rules of closely enough
I wag my tail as I walk, for the first few hours
After that I start to get tired, but I keep on walking
I can smell the trail my girl left, faintly, so I know I can't rest or it'll disappear forever
By the time I finally can't take one more step, it's dark outside
But I find a nice tree
And I sit.
Stay for the night.
And roll over, into a deep, dreamless sleep.
The next morning I resume my walk.
I can tell I'm getting closer, so I quicken my pace.
Finally, I arrive at a big blue house with a fence around the front.
It seems to me like my girl must be inside.
I run up the front porch, up to the welcome mat
I sit down.
And I bark like my life depends on it
The door flies open.
"Lightning!" My girl shouts, jumping up and down
She throws her arms around me, and buries her face into my neck
"Promise me you'll always stay with me." She whispers into my fur
And I can't tell her that I'd already promised that in my heart
So I lick the tears off her cheeks instead.
-Sit. Stay. Roll over.-
I obey these commands every time
Except when it takes me away from my girl