We have been very fortunate the last few weeks. None of our good friends have passed to the Bridge. It seems like we either have waves of dogs climbing the steps or none. We prefer none and we were on a none stretch recently. But that ended with the arrival of sweet Maya.
Maya is a beloved German Shepherd Dog. All us dogs accept that parents bond with their German Shepherds for life. Once humans own a GSD they rarely get another breed. I am not sure why. They are lovely dogs but all dogs are lovely. But I do admire them for inspiring such loyalty in their humans.
And they inspire loyalty in one another too. When a GSD crosses the Bridge and rises to our home German Shepherds from all around come to salute them. Before Maya rose up to my area to be sworn in thousands of her breed poured over the hills to wait.
Maya arrived as sweet and polite as any dog could be. She lifted a paw to be sworn in. When that task was completed she patted me on the head, then pulled me into a life affirming hug. It made me feel so warm and safe. I had not felt that safe since I was under the covers with Mommy snuggled together on a cold winter morning.
Maya patiently waited to get her wings fitted. Ladybug took her on her first flight and Maya picked up flying in no time flat. Those German Shepherds are very trainable dogs. She fluttered to the Earth next to me and told me it was time to do what she was born to do: Watch over her Mom.
And that is where she in now, doing what she did on the mortal side of the River. She is watching over her family. We all watch over our families but none with the intensity of German Shepherds. I guess that is what makes them do special.
I am going to start to watch over my humans with that intensity too. While no one would mistake me for a German Shepherd I would greatly like to hear that I had the heart of a German Shepherd.
And to Maya’s Mom, if you ever feel like you are being watched you are, by Maya.