47: Daisey’s Sock

47: Daisey’s Sock

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?

Daisey’s Sock

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

~Samuel Butler

My twin sons had just had their wisdom teeth removed. The surgeon suggested that they sleep sitting up a bit when they returned home, so we sat them on recliners that were positioned side by side in our living room. Moans and groans filled the room. White gauze pads stuck out of their mouths.

It was a difficult day for all of us. Daisey, my Toy Poodle, tucked her tail and stared at the boys. She was terribly concerned about them, especially when they tried to talk with the gauze pads in their mouth.

Daisey left the room. I figured that she couldn’t stand the boys’ unhappiness. But she didn’t stay gone long. In a little while she returned to the living room with a white sock in her mouth.

She lay down in front of my sons and stared at them, while holding the sock in her mouth. She decided there wasn’t much she could do, but she could at least share the pain with them.

When the boys finally removed the gauze from their mouths, Daisey retired her sock as well. When they laughed at her, she jumped around, wagging her tail, happier than I had ever seen her. Daisey just knew that she had played a part in the boys’ recovery.

~Nancy B. Gibbs

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