Alone Time

sick chuly

Chules is sick today. I can hear his tummy roiling from across the room. He’s been in- and outside at least a dozen times since morning. When I let him out, he beelines to the side yard fence, and tries to eat the taller grass to ease his stomach pain. Not an easy task for a canine whose teeth are not suited to grazing on plants.

Back inside, Chules disappears into my bedroom to rest in solitude. He likes alone time, even when he’s feeling well. After a couple of hours I go looking for him, and find him on the bed, resting his head on my pillow. This is atypical of him; he usually naps on the floor behind my rocking chair. I sit with him and gently pull my fingers through his soft fur. He doesn’t move, but his watery eyes close drowsily. I kiss his head and leave to let him sleep.

In the living room, I retire to the couch with a mystery book I’ve been reading. I like my alone time, too, but today I can’t relax. Soon I hear Chules padding down the hallway. He hops up on the couch and curls up next to me. I pat his backside and return to my book, feeling more at ease now. Sometimes, it’s just better to spend alone time together.

stunted winter grass
green, though growth eludes the eye
grazers are not fooled


dVerse Haibun Monday: Solitude

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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29 Responses to Alone Time

  1. msjadeli says:

    Hoping Chules feels better soon, he’s adorable and sounds like the perfect companion.

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  2. Awww I hope Chules feels better soon!

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Sad about your Chule! Hope all had subsided. Great post. Grass seems to have healing qualities for dogs and cats!

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  4. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Alone time together is great! Chules can have some pepto or milk of magnesia. It may help. 😦

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    • Maggie C says:

      After eating nothing at all yesterday, he woke up this morning and devoured breakfast. I think whatever it was, he’s fine now. Silly pup.

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      • Peggy Lemmer says:

        That happens. It happens more often than I am used to with Zoey. Overall she is doing very well with her new food. Brisco is doing well too because he doesn’t get to graze on kibble all day and I don’t give him crap like I use to. They are getting along with each other much better too. I think they are starting to be actual friends. 🙂

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  5. Poor sweet, fluffy thing! Hope he feels better soon.

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  6. canwan26 says:

    I’m sorry your little guy is sick! What a bad day I picked to comment on your earlier Stanza. I’m glad you were comforts to each other. Hope he’s doing better.

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  7. kim881 says:

    Poor Chules – please wish him a speedy recovery, Maggie. I’m so pleased you have written about the solitude of animals, especially pets, who can be bombarded by their humans’ love. I especially enjoyed the final paragraph, when you both enjoy your solitude on the couch together.

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  8. V.J. Knutson says:

    “grazers are not fooled” – an evocative line.

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  9. Oh poor little dog… love how you found solitude together…

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  10. Nora says:

    Such clear love here. Your haiku is wonderfully set, with hidden growth still found.

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  11. Ahhhh. Over here it’s so similar when it happens. His loud tummy, his grazing on grass (and then he sometimes vomits), except his sleeping on our pillows is pretty much a constant. :p It repeats every couple of months. I had it checked a while ago but the doctor found nothing. She said that he must have more bile than is normal but that this happens to humans too. After a day of distress he is back to normal.

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  12. Truedessa says:

    It is hard to be ill whether be human or animal. I think the needed solitude turned into the need for comfort.

    I hope all is well!

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