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I was in between. Fiercely independent, had money saved up, and some time before I went West.

I was in between. Fiercely independent, had money saved up, and some time before I went West.

My roommate called. Someone found a runaway dog. Dominoe.

Malnourished. Skittish. Afraid of a raised hand.

Malnourished. Skittish. Afraid of a raised hand.

... she always following a few yards away, my buddy.

... she always following a few yards away, my buddy.

One day we drove farther and walked in the autumn leaves.

One day we drove farther and walked in the autumn leaves.

we chatted about 15 minutes, and I turned around ...

we chatted about 15 minutes, and I turned around ...

She was GONE! I was hours running up and down the trail, crying her name. I was worthless. I could take care of myself, but no one else. Worthless.

She was GONE! I was hours running up and down the trail, crying her name. I was worthless. I could take care of myself, but no one else. Worthless.

DARKNESS. I would camp out, return the next day. I would do that every day until I found her. Every day. I cried back to the car ...

DARKNESS. I would camp out, return the next day. I would do that every day until I found her. Every day. I cried back to the car ...

... and there she was! Waiting for me. My awareness became a circle of responsibility of more than just myself.

... and there she was! Waiting for me. My awareness became a circle of responsibility of more than just myself.

We drove across the country.

We drove across the country.

My co-pilot;

My co-pilot;

had adventures,

had adventures,

saw strange lands,

saw strange lands,

looked around,

looked around,

made a home.

made a home.

She departed permanently, but I never forgot what I learned that day in the woods.

She departed permanently, but I never forgot what I learned that day in the woods.

Dominoe.

Dominoe.

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