Reub's journey

18 September 2014

Not being Christie

The old border collie lay at the door of The Thicket Cafe and Bar in Ukiah, Oregon, ignoring us as we passed to go in.  "That's Pete," the bartender commented. "He's waiting for Christie to get off work. Used to be her boyfriend's dog, but when he up and left, Pete wouldn't go with him."





Pete lifted his grizzled head to examine the faces of all outgoing customers, just to be sure he didn't miss his person-of-importance. He turned down my offer of a treat, sighing as his head sank back to a rest.  Not Christie...why give precious attention to a person who is leaving? No. She's not Christie. 



Not being Christie is mainly what I remember from Ukiah, Oregon.

22 comments:

  1. Aaahhh, poor Pete. I hope Christie comes soon.

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  2. It's a such a sweet story about a loyal dog. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  3. Man and dog fall in love. Man falls out of love. Dog doesn't. Bye bye man.

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  4. What a loyal darling. I suspect that Christie is a good person.

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  5. Aww...what a wonderful story. I too have an aging border collie mix, and he's been the most loyal dog.

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  6. Oh my, what a precious story. Such loyalty and that looks like one of those working shepherds who are so loyal to one person.

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  7. twg: Isn't he a sweet ol' boy?

    Rebecca: I think he had to wait for hours. But he was committed to doing so.

    Cuban: Thank you. I also like the way you write vignettes.

    Ellen: Ha. That's a perfect summary of the situation.

    Hilary: I think I met her for a second, and she was certainly that. I think she came out and brought me a Pepsi.

    Linda: I have a soft spot for all old dogs, but I can imagine that you have one especially for old border collies. :)

    Tabor: He does have that look to him, and given that we were in ranching country you probably hit the nail on the head. A working dog.

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  8. Don't you wish you could have met Christie? You know she was an amazing person to be so loved by Pete.

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  9. What a neat trip! Will have to make plans with Eugene son to visit these places. Hope Pete's still there when we go and that we get to meet Christie!

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  10. GA, I agree! I bet she's a really good person. And I imagine she loves this old dog equally/

    Pauline, pretty sure The Thicket will still be there for you. And likely so will Christie and Pete, whose names I actually changed when writing this.

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  11. What we are not is sometimes more important than what we are. Also, I love Ellen's comment!

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  12. Stephanie, I was envious of Christie for a minute there, after being rejected by her dog. But I quickly came around to the realization that I would not trade places. Then I got in the car & left.

    LL: A peaceful, focused old dog.

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  13. This is why I love dogs so much: their complete and utter devotion. Great post and a well-deserved POTW!!! Congrats, Kerry!

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    1. Me too. That's why dogs are the best. Thank you.

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  14. Oh, this tugs at my heart! Lucky Christie, to have such a devoted friend. Thank you for sharing!!

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  15. So sweet. I love how you presented the story.

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    1. Thanks, BF. It's funny how a couple of pics and maybe 10 sentences is close to my limit of story-telling. I could never write a book. I would write 400 pages and then look at it and subtract 375. It would end up being 3 chapters. A start. A middle. An end. Not a book.

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