Day 91: CORDELIA THE COW-DOG
I AM FALLING FOR THIS LITTLE DOG CALLED CORDELIA…
It’s not exactly a Gone with the Wind romance but we have a gentle relationship that provides welcome relief from the cruelty out here.
‘Cordelia’ – which I am aware is an inapprorpriately Shakespearean name for a small dog that looks a little like a cow – is the name that just came to me and which I tried to replace by something more appropriate like Buster or Flossy or even Mildrid but they would not stick.
A name, like my stomach at the moment, has a life of its own.
Cordelia, who is still a pup, was viciously attacked by a larger dog and was bought in here. She is also semi blind. Life just aint fair. And she won’t let me or anyone get close. The puppies in her pen attack her when she tries to get food and her retreating squeal and blind run into the wall guaranteed her my affections.
I have given her a separate space, her own food bowl and spent time just hanging out. I sit down as if I’m totally uninterested in her funny cow skin and she gradually comes closer to me.
Today she came within one foot of me – which is a big step forward for a small blind dog. She also posed in the Rembrandt-esque light, which is a kind thing to do for a photographer.