Could I have a drink of water please?

It’s a simple enough question isn’t it?

waterOn a scorching hot day, sitting in the car, it makes sense.
But I was amazed at being asked the question, particularly in such a definite manner.

It started with a rattle. Then a nudge. Then a paw. Then a look.
It was Maggie.
Her water bowl was in the back seat well, and she was thirsty.
We ALWAYS carry a large bottle of water with us so that we can give her a drink after her walk or if we’re out and it’s a hot day. Like today.
There is no way we’d leave her alone in the chaos of home as nothing is familiar, everything is untidy, and there is no quiet or clear corner where she can tuck herself away and sleep peacefully.
She is canine anxious, and we can only do our best to reassure her by keeping her with us if we go out. One of us will go into the shop and the other stays in the car with all the windows and back sliding doors open. She is content to sit/lie and wait, making no effort to follow.

Today has been one of the hottest days so far, and she wanted a drink. So she asked in her own special way, even showing me with her nose that the contents of the bottle ‘there’ went into that bowl on the deck ‘there’, guiding it in with her tongue.

On one occasion when we were walking down the High Street it was unbearably hot and I went into a shop to purchase a bottle of water. They only had the expensive stuff, but it was needed and that was that.
Poo bags act very well as emergency drinking bowls and that particular day Maggie was treated to a bag of Evian’s best, much to the amusement of passers-by.
Incidentally, it was Maggie first, then us.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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