Last week I went to the groomers. He was there. He was on all fours, on the floor, his stubby little tail wagging.
I first met him during my wayward youth. I was a young lolipop in heat for the first time. I was having all sorts of feelings. No longer a pup, not yet a bitch. I spent a lot of time leaning against the washing machine while it was on the spin cycle. I scooted in circles on the rug for hours. I licked myself to keep clean, and then kept going.
Then I saw him across the yard. He slowly came over to me, spitting out a blade of grass. He took a long smell of me then nodded. He told me his name was Suede He said I looked like a puppy looking to grow up in a hurry. He told me he could take me to his room.
I could tell he was experienced, and I was a young girl in my first heat. I cannot tell you why but I went with him, through the doggy door, down a long hall. He stood on his firm, muscular back legs and put his forelegs on the door. It slowly opened.
I walked behind him into the dimly lit room. I slowly looked around. There were chains, dog collars, leather leashes, suspicious oblong objects. It was his place of seduction. “Is this your special room?” I asked.
“No it’s the mud room. Mommy leashes up here when she takes us for walks. Would you like a chew on my Kong before we does this?” he asked pushing one of the strange oblong objects my way. I told him no. He then gave me a lick and said we should get to it.
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The next day he was gone, back to his home in Massachusetts while I stayed in Florida. After my litter was born my Mom decided I wasn’t meant for breeding and that I needed my own home. This was right after Foley went to the Bridge. Suede’s new Mom worked at Foley’s groomers, and after a couple of phone calls I lived in Massachusetts too. After two years I finally saw him again.
While it was nice seeing him again I didn’t have the same feelings for him. It was like someone took me to a doctor, put me under anesthesia, took a knife and cut out my lady parts. I know that sounds crazy but I just felt an emptiness down there.
But I will always have memories of my day with Suede in his special room. He took me from pup hood to lollipop hood and I will always have our memories.