Ben is a gentle, good-natured, friendly sort of dog who loves going out and about making new friends and catching up with old ones. We are used to people who are perhaps nervous of dogs crossing the road to avoid him, but we’re equally used to friendly folk descending upon him and with many oohs and aahhhs making a great fuss of him. But last week was a little different.
Once he was up on his paws again after his operations, I took him out with me for short walks around and about. He still had stitches in his eyes, and his face was partly shaved so he was definitely not looking his handsome best. But still .. I didn’t expect the totally audible comments of “Uurgh, how disgusting” and “Look at that dog it’s gross…” etc etc that he received from one or two people (not his local friends). And whilst he didn’t understand the words, he certainly picked up on the tone of voice, and his tail lost its cheerful curl and began to droop sadly. So I took him home again and he hasn’t been anywhere he might meet visitors for a while – though now his stitches are out and his eyes are nearly back to normal I think perhaps its time for him to venture a little further afield again. And in the meantime I stitched this ….
For no matter how odd Ben’s face looked after his operation, he was still the same loving, gentle dog inside, and as I’m sure we all know, the same is true for humans too. I hope you like it and the pattern will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.