Dog Shelters: On Love and Greed.

“Didn’t you have two dogs?” our interviewer asked me before we went on the air.

“Yeah, but we lost her back in November,” I started.  I usually leave a pause after that to give the other person an opportunity to stop me. It’s a courtesy I’ve developed for people who don’t really want to know. He took the bait.

“Ah, well, one is more than enough,” he said. I started to object, but he beat me to it. “Sometimes we can be too greedy for love.”

I started to tell him that we’ve been stopping at humane societies and pausing at community boards filled with dogs needing homes. But I only opened my mouth to hear myself say, “Yeah. I guess so.”

I am greedy for love. I am greedy to have her back again. I am greedy to fill the space she left.

She was greedy for love, too.  I don’t know the science of it, yet, but I am suspicious that love does not conform to the normal laws of emotion and physics.  I am suspecting that being so greedy for love has somehow morphed to make one more generous.

I checked the local shelter this morning.

One greedy bitch seeking another.

3 comments

  1. Ha, short and to the point. Interesting concept – not sure I agree tho. Being greedy for something implies you can have too much of it. (IMHO) Can you ever receive too much love? I think we all have a need to be loved and we fill that any way we can. Never stop writing! 🙂

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