When the dogs “go to heaven, new stars light up there …” I want to believe this after the pilot and poet Exupery, so that, looking into the bottomless night space, I remember the good that “our little brothers” gave us.
Somewhere, behind the constellation of the Hounds of the Dogs, there is probably the constellation of Labradors … I think so when I remember the chocolate Mona, which appeared in our house ten years ago, with a small fluffy lump and cheerful eyes, a wide velvet forehead, with satin pillows on thick strong legs and a bare pink belly.
Then I did not know how much my life would change, as I did not expect that this chocolate Mona – Mellani would eventually become the Queen – the mother of a large family of Labradors in the nursery Ans Lumens, “The Existing Light” (translated from Latin in interpretation – Divine Being), which gave true friends and even Champions to many lovers and connoisseurs of these noble animals.
And when – years later – Mona will leave – she will light up with a small star in the very constellation of Labradors that is in my heart – a constellation of memories …
… About how Mona and I met the dawn over the Jamgar pond not far from our house. As with Mona and Dima’s grandson, I swam in Yauza. As we walked together among the bushes of blooming lilacs in the Botanical Garden or lay in the fragrant grass, looking into the high blue sky. As in the evenings they watched the sunset over the pond and watched as the first stars lit up and reflected in the black water.
So every day we walked 6-7 kilometers. And as a result, illnesses receded, resentments were forgotten, calm joy settled in the soul, a thirst for life and creativity aroused.
Especially when I went to our country house, which is near the ancient city of Ruza. There, with dogs, I wandered through the woods, gathered mushrooms, raspberries, swam with them in a spring lake, basking in the sand.
When I swam far into the lake, Mona, like a true lifeguard, threw herself into the water, quickly caught up with me and put her back on me, saying, “Hold on, I will save you! ..” or carefully grabbed my arm and, grabbing heavily with paws with membranes, pulled me to the shore. And barked joyfully when I, saved by her, spoke affectionate words. At home, Mona warmed me with her body, sitting next to me on the sofa and covering my face with her heavy warm head.
But Mona especially loved going to the forest with my daughter Rita, where they walked for hours, picking mushrooms and berries, and then sitting next to her in the yard, looking with a devoted look and catching every word and every berry that fell in the grass. And then play again – with a hedgehog in the grass, chasing cats and mice … And finally, at night, fall asleep in a white armchair by the fireplace …
Dogs helped their master Sasha build a veranda, digging pits for the foundation with his paws, and carried a shovel in his teeth to the garden, where Rita and I grew vegetables and herbs.
Watching our pets for long hours, I decided to capture the best moments of their lives in photographs. So a new hobby appeared, and with it a whole series of photo albums where images of chocolate Mona, black Frida and snow-white Velda are stored.
Velda’s daughter – my strong and proud, wayward and cunning Lourdes “Dusya” with large expressive eyes – black olives and a black mark – a comma over my right eye, is sitting next to me on the sofa, resting her warm velvet head on my shoulder. She breathes right in my ear and watches me write.
She can wait for hours and only when she feels that I’m tired, she begins to sigh and howl with a thin voice, gradually turning into a low roar: they say, it’s time to relax!
She knows well that I love her. And uses it all the time. And I feel how she loves me.
“I see her eyes, the joyful fuss, the yelp, the frivolously turning Lourdes onto her back and letting me stroke her tummy.” She is able to relieve any pain, especially mental pain. One has only to hug her – big and warm – with both hands, dip her face in fragrant hair, hear her breathing and gentle sighs … and you immediately feel a surge of joy and tranquility.
I want to warn you right away: the Argentinean dogs are not always so kind. In a moment of danger for their mistress, they become like “Argentine spotted leopards.” Raising the white coat “on end” and issuing a frightening roar, Lourdes tried more than once to protect me and the Labradors from evil dogs in the pond and unkind people.
A year ago, a new labrador appeared in the nursery Ans Lumens – brown Bark _ Crazy Love Lumens. She struck me with her mysterious appearance, the habits of the imp, very clever eyes and self-esteem.
And recently, the magnificent black Frida brought us new puppies. They all found their new owners, becoming the symbol of the Year of the Dog. One of them – a cheerful and smart girl with soft satin pillows on thick legs, with a naked pink belly – trustingly and cheerfully looks into my eyes and kisses the nose of the Argentine dog Lourdes, for which Lourdes, although he growls “for the sake of order”, seems to be experiencing tenderness for a black labradorochka.