Better watch out!" the man warned. "He'll getcha!" Go easy with him, I told myself. I knelt and reached out again, slowly this time, talking softly. Dogs need reassurance as much as people do, sometimes more.
It is good to be home. Two completely amazing weeks in Tanzania but away from our dogs and cats -- even when surrounded by elephants and lions -- is a long time to be gone. This world is a beautiful place, made so by the animals.
5:30 AM or so, the pain begins. A heavy pressure, an unexpected weight, making it hard to breathe; laborious, must work to fill my lungs against the pressure pushing down on my chest. What awful malady am I suffering?