I had lost my collie ten months earlier and was not ready for a dog yet. I had just gotten back from San Francisco in middle of night and was jetlagged and planning on sleeping in.
Instead, I was awakened after only a couple of hours of sleep with an insistent inner message to drive almost an hour away to Petsmart. I knew it was adoption Saturday and as I said, I was not ready to be tempted by a 4 legged. But to no avail. The pull to go was strong. So I cut a deal with myself. I would go, look around, and then come back home.
Upon arriving at Petsmart, I walked in the door and was met by a man holding a puppy who had the most electric blue eyes I had ever seen on an animal. The man simply handed the puppy to me. We were't even in the section of the store where the adoption was taking place. I was so mesmerized by the eyes of this being. They were just stunning. (His eyes now have morphed into sky blue). I walked around the store holding this pup as if in a trance. I honestly don't remember deciding whether to get him or not. I just ended up with him.
What is clear clear clear to me is that he pulled me in. I was resistent, but he was stronger.
Riddley Diddley (one of his monikers) has been with me for eight years now. As my consciousness shifts, I always notice changes in him. I used to think he was also shifting but now I think it is more that I can just see deeper into who he has been all along.
I have two cats and another dog in addition to Ridley and they are likewise each remarkable in their own way so deserve mention, but Ridley is the main thrust of this blog. Just as he pulled me to come get him that day eight years ago at Petsmart, I think he pushed me to write about him today. I really do wonder who is in charge here.