The Family Dog

27 Aug

My son Connor taught our dog to climb a tree this summer. I know, dogs don’t climb trees. But apparently that’s just because they have never been taught. Of course, Ranger can’t climb just any tree. The tree has to have low, sprawling branches and preferably be occupied by robins.

But now, instead of climbing trees, Ranger has spent the past week with his nose pressed up against the dining room window, holding vigil till the kids return home from school. When the first one arrives home, his tail starts wagging and the celebration begins, until everyone, including my husband Dan, has returned home for the day, and the family is together again, as it should be.

Because families are special. Just ask our dog.

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