For the next couple of months I’m dog sitting. Not much of a dog person, I don’t
mind this one. Four years ago, I watched him perform the impossible right before my eyes.
A 2yr old foster child was with me for 2 weeks while his foster parents were on vacation. He was on an excessive amount of medication for Attention Deficit Disorder – perhaps too much. The child’s eyes were glazed and he was completely lethargic. For two days I tied to connect with him or spark his interest in something. Despite my best efforts he walked around in a fog.
Then Duke arrived. A few minutes after his owner dropped him off, the dog sauntered over to the kitchen table. The little boy was there in a booster seat. His arm hung limply by his side. Duke’s nose nudged the child’s hand. When nothing happened, he kept on gently asking for a response from the boy.
Slowly a smile overtook the child’s face. Then – miraculously – his eyes lost the glazed looked. He laughed! And his entire being came to life.
The child remained lively and joyous, as a two year old should be, for the rest of his time with us.
So, when Duke needed somewhere to stay this summer I couldn’t refuse.