As I sit here at my computer trying to find words that will capture the essence of Newman, I have to smile.
If ever a canine possessed a sense of humor and the physical properties of a clown, that would be my definition of Newman.
From the first time I put a leash over his funny little face and saw the tip of a pink tongue hanging at the side of his mouth, to the fact that when we walk (very nicely I might add), to the Edison Access Road for our constitutional, and I see his little, slightly bowed back legs scamper down the street; I have to suppress a laugh as I wouldn’t want to embarrass the little guy.
He is, in a word, a true character!
Newman has the sweetest ‘can-do’ attitude even in the face of adversity. And his looks alone will raise your spirits, because he manages to make people smile even when the day is slightly bleak.
He reminds me of a little Charlie Chaplin with his self-assured, yet comical presence.
Why he has been sitting at the shelter for such a long time is a mystery to me. And one I hope will be solved soon in the appearance of someone who not only sees the sparkle in Newman’s eye, but also the adorable little Mickey Mouse outline on his back.
He can really make you feel like your home is the happiest place on earth because he just oozes charm, charisma, and oh yes, a little laughter.
We’ve shared a number of leisurely walks together, and he especially enjoys our time sitting at the curb on the access road having his neck scratched.
His leg is often beating time like a metronome and that little tongue hanging down just a tad lower in ecstatic joy.
I feel blessed to be able to interact with these dogs.
They give me so much to think about; but above all, they remind me to find joy in little things, to realize that having ‘enough’ is a blessing. Enough food to eat, a warm place to sleep and more often than not, good people who want to do the right thing and help another living soul.
Please do share this ‘tail’ of our Newman, and help him find his way home soon.