Meeting Meeko by Carrie DeHavenThis makes my mom get teary eyed every time she reads it. We all hope that Meeko's foster parents decide to keep him - it sounds like they are already heartbroken at the idea of him leaving!
I'm waiting in the rain of Ernesto. Later I will meet a stranger with a strange dog. I will take the dog home with me and walk him in the rain of Ernesto. This time I know what to expect. I have three pictures of a blue-eyed Rottweiler. I have looked at those three pictures every day this week. This time I have an idea of the conditions in which the dog has been living. I know he has been to a vet and bathed as needed. This time the dog has a name, Meeko. This time is unusual.
A stranger is bringing Meeko north to us along with the rain of Ernesto. I will recognize her because she will have a blue-eyed Rottweiler. She will travel three hours in the rain with a strange dog and hand his lead to me, a stranger. We will stand in the rain of Ernesto talking. She will tell me what she learned about Meeko during their three hours in the car. I will tell her about my home and about the other dogs living there. We will be reassuring each other that it is okay to pass a strange dog between strangers. We will be reassuring each other that we are both there to help Meeko.
I am already in love with Meeko, the blue-eyed Rottweiler. I am already heartbroken with the knowledge that he will not stay. In a few weeks or a few months I will hand his lead to someone new, someone who is right now a stranger. I will tell her what I have learned about Meeko during our few weeks or few months in my home. She will invite me to see her home and to meet the dogs who live there. We will be reassuring each other that it is okay to pass a strange dog between strangers. We will be reassuring each other that we are both there to help Meeko.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Poem by Meeko's Foster Mom
Meeko's foster mom wrote this poem about waiting for Meeko last Saturday. My mom liked it so much she wanted to share it.