Scruffy little pup…..


Across the aisle from where I’m sat there’s a nice older couple off on their travels. I don’t know them, I don’t know where they are heading, or what their lives are like, but I do know that the scruffy little terrier dog curled up in the bag at the old mans feet keeps looking up at me and smiling. His eyes bright, inquisitive as the strands of fur that form his thick, bushy eyebrows half hide them from view. His ears cock each time there is a noise along the train carriage and he looks up before settling back down, relaxed and content. The way this little dog behaves, his obvious comfort with his owners, his gentle curiousity, his willingness to be petted and fussed tell me all I need to know about my travelling companions. Animals are seldom wrong, and they see straight through our human masks to the reality of our own animal within. They know us and see us for what we really are. It is always interesting to watch how animals interact with humans, how even the most well behaved and well trained dog will react badly to someone who he doesn’t trust.

The scruffy little pup raises his head from his snooze as the old lady rummages in her bag. He looks up expectantly, eager for the treats he is sure will soon be offered. His stubby little tail wags urgently, indicating his readiness for attention and, more importantly a tasty snack. She smiles back at him as she lowers her hand, opening her finger and offering her palm. The pup eagerly nuzzles and snuffles at the small pile of shredded chicken she offers him, licking her fingers clean, a thorough job, before circling three times, finding his comfortable spot and settling down once more, licking his lips as he lowers his head, content ansd satisfied, happy to be with his pack, no matter where they end up……

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