“Lean on me when you’re not strong. And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.”
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Today Bojangles and I have been supporting each other.
Health-wise things are still not great, so Bojangles has been keeping me company, giving me cuddles by resting his head on me as I’ve been lying on the sofa, and sneaking in a lick of support every now and again.
And, in turn, I have been helping him by reassuring him and making him feel safe because today is not a good day for Bojangles.
You see, we found Bojangles as a starving and abandoned stray, in November of last year. We’d seen him around for a while, from a distance, as he was living with a herd of horses that belong to a neighbour. We assumed that he was a very old dog belonging to the horse owner, who left him there to guard the horses.
Every night the dustbins in the area had been ransacked and people were getting very fed up with having to constantly clear up the rubbish. We decided to try to get to the bottom of the mystery and followed the trail of rubbish up a steep hill to where the horses were grazing, and there we first met Bojangles, surrounded by shredded rubbish bags. He had been dragging the bags up the hill to rummage through every night for scraps of food as he was starving; he was practically skin and bones.
It turned out that he didn’t belong to anyone after all, and no one seemed to know where he had come from.
From a distance he had appeared to be an old, arthritic dog, but we now realised that he is in fact only about 3 years old. His leg had been badly broken and had set, out of position. We’ve since also discovered that many of his back teeth are broken, so the vet thinks he was possibly hit by a car. 😦
We coaxed him home with us through howling wind and a thunderstorm, as he was completely soaked and shivering with fear and cold. But could we get him to come in the house? No way! All he was intent on doing was returning to watch over “his” horses.
So instead, my mum trekked up the steep hill every day for a couple of weeks to feed him, until one day the horses and Bojangles had disappeared. Worried, we went out in search of them, driving round for several days to try to find out where the horses had been moved to.
We eventually found them all, on a piece of wasteland, fenced in with corrugated panels, on a busy main road. The horses had enough grazing, but Bojangles was trapped and couldn’t get out to get any food, even from the rubbish bins near there. He was nearly on his last legs, and there was no way we could leave him there.
Between us we managed to lift him into the car – he’s a big dog! Next we had to drag him into the house, and slowly but surely he began to recover and his confidence grew. He had obviously never been in a house before and didn’t know what doors or stairs were; in his eyes they were all monsters out to get him, and he was also terrified of any sudden movements or loud noises.
But today, Bojangles is unrecognisable from the dog he was back then. He is strong, healthy, very happy, always smiling, he does crazy runs on his now mended leg, and is so very loving. In fact he has transferred his instinct to follow and watch over the horses onto us. He follows us everywhere; we even find him waiting for us outside the bathroom door!
It can get a little annoying at times, but on days like this, when I’m ill and stuck on the sofa, I couldn’t wish for better company. And I think he’s pretty glad to have someone to lie next to all day, as although he has conquered the majority of his fears, he is still terrified of windy days, like today.
Day 231, Reason 231: Today I am so happy and grateful for having Bojangles to lean on. 🙂
September Juicing Challenge – Day 12, Juice 12: I really was planning on being adventurous with my juicing, but I’m afraid it’s got to be another carrot juice today. At least I’m sticking to the challenge.
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