Photo Challenge: Heritage (with Doghair)

The dog watches me sit at the edge of the 
bed pulling a frayed t-shirt over my head,
shoulders rounded with work not finished.

Pushing back, swinging my feet under the 
covers and easing down to the pillow. Wet 
Whiskers at bedtime; her gray nose nudges

the quilt and she waits. Yes, I say. She lumbers 
up and drops flush to my side. That sweet weight 
of her head as she rumbles a satisfied moan.

It takes longer for my shoulders to surrender 
the day but then, between the prairie grass and
the howling moon, my ribs go soft. Good girl.
Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
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(WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo–I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. I take these photos with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)


25 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Heritage (with Doghair)

  1. Candace Shira

    I could recreate the feeling as I read the words…thank you for that. The warm weight of my sweet dog against my thigh serves as a conduit for the stress to flow out of my body and into my mattress every night.

  2. Lynell Abbott

    My mistake. At first i thought we were getting out of bed, not getting in it. Now I see it makes sense, LOL!

  3. Frances

    Oh yes can totally relate to this I love our little bedtime ritual with Annie -a little ‘dig’ at the duvet, a few turns and then that contented sigh …ahhh the love of a dog…priceless!!

  4. Frances

    I can so totally relate to this. I love our bedtime ritual with Annie, a few ‘digs’ at the duvet, a few turns, a sigh and all’s well in the world-snuggles with dogs….priceless!

  5. Marlene Venture

    Same routine for me, but with my cat. Don’t fall asleep until she is snuggled in place at my left leg. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

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