When they sometimes come back

November 9, 2022by Layla Zarfati

I promised I would not look back. But no, a moment of weakness and there are his eyes following me as I turn away. The sorrow rises and I can no longer hold back the tears. The knowledge that I would never see that puppy, my puppies, again is the recurring thought that hurts the most.

What the heck--it was a technique that was working great, that of not saying goodbye to the puppies when they are leaving.

Don't think about it, don't turn to look at them.

At the risk of sounding heartless as well.

I took this puppy to the airport, where his future human daddy, who had just landed from Central Europe, was waiting for him, ready to depart with his furry bundle.

He had already come to meet him personally a month or so earlier at the kennel, which I really appreciated, because it was a demonstration of the deep interest he had in his future pet.

On that occasion he had brought a wonderful carrier, asking me the courtesy of getting the puppy used to it.

Then he unleashed an endless supply of toys, stuffed animals, balls and various bibs.

I envied those delicate attentions, the exclusive relationship they would soon solidify and the time they would spend together, the two of them alone, in a perfect pair.

But sometimes life plays strange tricks (and who better to tell?) and like a bolt from the blue here comes a message for help, a heartbreaking message that was impossible to wall off: "Only with you he will be safe."

I invest myself with the official charge of rescuing all dogs from their owners in distress-not that I have to make much of an effort-and I'm back at the airport.

This puppy just won't let me go.

I seek an opening with his human, I try to offer him time to reflect, I am open to any solution for the sake of his puppy, who has now lived with him for more than three months and for whom, in addition to the time and attention, the outings at dawn, the gatherings in the walking area, he has really spent a fortune between training courses, games of all kinds, endless harnesses, fashionable leashes, so much so that he filled an entire suitcase and even a backpack.

But something deep inside makes his decision irreversible, though very painful. This time there are two of us crying.

Lorenz wrote in his wonderful And the man met the dog:

the animal is completely disenfranchised, not only according to the paragraphs of the code, but also to the sensibilities of many humans.
A dog's loyalty is a precious gift that imposes moral obligations no less demanding than friendship with a human being.
The bond with a faithful dog is as eternal as bonds between living beings on this earth can generally be.

Perhaps, however, Lorenz did not consider the variables, the adversities outside or inside us that force us to make these sad decisions, albeit with a view to the future good of our faithful friends.

His human confesses to me that he actually envied me and my rowdy herd, where sometimes balances travel lightly along a tightrope, where, however, by a strange alchemy, each of us is placed in the right place and is indispensable to the maintenance of this near-perfect harmony.

The sad reality, it costs me dearly to admit, is that even here with me he will not be able to receive as much as this unfortunate puppy deserves.

The pack may be a source of social fulfillment but it can never replace the attention, the cuddles, the playtime necessary to solidify, as mentioned, the exclusivity of a dog's relationship with his beloved and irreplaceable human reference, no matter how much effort I and my family put into it.

Thus, we return to the primordial principle on which our breeding is based: no expense is spared here, but a healthy family ready to welcome our puppies as an integral part of it is what is most desirable for them to imagine.

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"Breeding conscientiously and seriously is a mission and often disregards the economic expectations that we imagine might come from this profession. My driving force is the continuous research, through careful selection work, in giving more and more value to this breed that I believe is already perfect, both in morphological and character aspects."

Layla Zarfati

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