- Posted August 8, 2014 by
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Last year today 9th of August, 2013 I lost Smokey to a brief illness. Today I want to pay tribute to my darling doggy who I brought up as a one month old puppy in 2000. My heart is heavy and sad, as I pen this, and one year later I still miss and think of him most of the day. Try as I might to put memories back they keep coming back, I know that many people have told me to move on and though I do have a new dog Dusty, and give him the same love and treatment that was given to Smokey, Smokey keeps coming back to mind.
Smokey was different in his doggy ways and was quite quite a character by himself - he was the Lord of the House and Lord of the Kings..... and King Kong himself..... People were dead scared to come into the premises when they saw Smokey.... all that black fur and a black fierce looking face put people off completely, there was this one episode that comes to my mind, I remember one day when my Tenant came out into the garden for something, Smokey appeared from somewhere like magic.... and to his utter delight he chased the poor man around the house for almost an hour until that man climbed onto a tree, it was really funny because he did not know how to climb trees and hung from a branch like a bat much to the amusement of all of us watching. Smokey was delighted he had trapped his hapless victim to a tree and he sat there and waited for quite sometime until I managed to coax Smokey into the house. Smokey was about 3 years old then. He also loved chasing cats, and birds, and when I had the carpenters for work at my house, the moment they heard that Smokey was coming the would run from the scene some on trees and some on the parapat wall, but with all that Smokey was very well known here in Sri Lanka and abroad. when he was a puppy he went to see what this cat was and got a good smack from from the cat. He loved the Christmas tree and that was his favourite spot to sleep under the tree, I would put up the tree just for him, earlier than Christmas time. He loved pulling all the tinsel and glitter and getting entangled in it.... he was a happy dog in a happy home.....
Smokey loved his food and loved all bad things like jumk food like his mistress!! and if he heard the rustle of a paper bag he would be there in a tick....Smokey was my shadow and followed me every where, during his older days he liked sleeping on my bed most of the time, and loved hearing me talk nonsense or doggy language sometimes he would sigh, in sheer exasperation because he would want to sleep and I kept on a chattering to him.... non stop! sometimes he would turn his back on me, and sometimes he would be stone deaf to my calling him. There are so many things that I remember and would love to talk about it, but today I just want to remember him - and tell him how much I miss him.
Smokey is buried in my former house in Kandy, and today the new owners promised to light a candle besides his grave for me....
I love and miss you darling Smokey.....
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