Shawn L. Bird

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poem-anxious sovereignty March 4, 2015

You and I are independent souls.

I move through the house;

You rest comfortably in contented sovereignty.

You do not need to dog my heels

to glorify each moment at my side

or expect me to worship at your feet.

You ignore me for hours,

sleeping in peaceful, self-sufficiency.

We are independent souls,

until the moment I step outside the door,

and calamity explodes in barks and whines.

It pants, scratches, and pees displeasure

at this, your desperate circumstance,

wailing at the injustice of loneliness,

vomiting up fathomless grief.

For the hours I am present, I do not exist;

for the hour I am absent, I make your world

a cavernous void.

Dog ironies

amid anxieties.



OJ is not doing well since Dusty went to the Rainbow Bridge.   We’ve tried swaddling as per Thundershirt.  We’ve got the Rescue Remedy.  He’s in his safe, contained space.  We fill the Kong with goodness.  Still the dog thinks the world is ending when I walk out the door.  Got any other suggestions?  Except a new dog companion.  Hubby imagines a dog-free household in our near future.  (I’m allergic to cats, so that’s not an option either).


32 Responses to “poem-anxious sovereignty”

  1. narble Says:

    Stuffed animal? Yeah, that may end up in pieces everywhere, but some kind of new toy to “be with” might help.

    • He’s traditionally been in instant gutter of soft toys, but perhaps I can make him something and see how he does now that he needs a baby to love. I have a sewing machine, fabric and stuffing, so I’m sure I could come up with something! 🙂

  2. ….Birds?Hamsters?Animal soft toys?
    Or maybe just time.
    He probably just needs you a lot right now.
    Good luck.

    • Our poodles tend to be mousers. This has led to sad ends for hamsters. I’m allergic to birds (husband and children excepting). He definitely WANTS me right now, but I am going back to work, and he’s going to have to live with chilling by himself in 2-3 hours stints during the day without falling apart! It’s so aggravating.

      • Pet-sitter?
        Anyone you know who has dogs?
        Maybe you could arrange play-dates…may make him feel better.
        Hope he’s okay soon.

      • I just feel like he needs to learn to deal with it, and while providing him with some tools to regulate himself is appropriate, completely enabling his behaviour is not. It is the same approach I take with my students, except I can’t include any of the logical appeals and self-analysis questioning strategies. 🙂 (Not that those work with thoroughly oppositional teens, either!)

      • Hahahahaha, true that.
        Well,good luck.
        Tell us how it goes. 🙂

  3. When I looked after my friend’s nervous dog I used some essential oils in a vaporiser: Vetiver, Roman Chamomile and Lavender (I think) – he slept most of the morning. Check the on-line sites. But I’m not a dog person! 🙂

  4. Heartafire Says:

    Omg, could you be more right? I love this!

  5. simono1968 Says:

    sad 😦 our pets can display such feeling its heartbreaking, apart from lots of fuss and attention, not much one can suggest bless him 😦

  6. mikeytbull Says:

    OJ needs a distraction – remember, those that play together, stay together! 😉

  7. kiwiskan Says:

    Love it. I sometimes wish Bert would sleep in peaceful self-sufficiency…but he would rather play games all day…

  8. Sometimes music helps, a bit of your perfume near the air vents to push your scent in the house like you are there. You can also record yourself talking and have it play on a radio or something. One of my friends is having an issue with her three year old dog getting super clingy when she tries to go to work so she is making a recording of her reading a book to put on a loop for him so he feels like she is still in the house.

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