This is a follow up to the My Shadow post I made yesterday. My other shadow, if you really want to know, and I assume you do since you’re reading this, is of the four-legged variety. Her name is Mocha. Mocha is a 10-year-old fawn and white Boxer. We brought her home on December 18, 2010, which is her birthday. Well, okay, I don’t know if it’s her actual birthday. It probably isn’t, but it’s the birthday I gave her and she’s stuck with it. Let’s face it…she doesn’t care anyway.
Mocha is a semi-professional shadow. Before deciding to invite a Boxer home, I read about them and read the rescue organization’s website. By the way, they’re a non-profit. [begin shameless plug] Their website is BRLA. If you live in Southern California and would like to rescue a Boxer, look them up. They’re a great bunch of people who do good work. [/end shameless plug] Anyway, before being sidetracked, I was telling you what I did prior to my decision. Based on my readings and conversations with Boxer owners, I had learned that Boxers love being around their people. Others have told me their Boxers followed them too. I’m not talking about following me to the kitchen, where she’s hoping for a snack. I’m talking about following me everywhere. She usually doesn’t follow me to the bathroom, wanting to get in, however. Unlike someone else, I know.
You may have noticed I said Mocha was a semi-professional shadow. The reason for that is simple: Mocha sometimes bumps into the backs of my legs when she follows me. No kidding! Sometimes, if I’m wearing slippers, she steps on the back, just as I lift my heel. Her timing is impeccable. I’ve nearly fallen several times. I wonder if she’s trying to trip me because I haven’t given her enough belly rubs that day. Not only is she treacherous when she’s behind me, but if she’s in front of me, she tries to guess where I’m going and occasionally ends up in my path. I love her dearly, and can’t imagine my world without her, but I think she will be the cause of me having a broken limb someday. It’ll be worth the pain, I think. She’s a sweetheart shadow. Do your dogs (cats, rabbits, etc.) follow you?