The pounding of my feet felt like a base drum in my head, but I could not stop running, I had to get away. It was not so much a physical place I was running from, it was an emotional place, and it felt like hell.
The road I was running on went by in a blur, and time lost all meaning. I just ran and ran until the stitch in my side became unbearable and I had to stop. Staggering to a wooden fence, I leaned up against it, bending at the waist and holding my knees. I took slow, deep breaths until I could feel my heartbeat return to normal. Getting ready to stand upright, I staightened my legs, and all the sudden I felt a warm wet nose touch my back. Jumping forward I quickly turned around and began to laugh. Sticking outside of a hole in the fence was a black and white dogs nose.
Getting down on my knees, I began to scratch the dogs nose “Hi there” The dogs tongue excitedly came out of his mouth and it began to like my hand. Trying to look through the fence so I could see my new buddy proved to be difficult. His snout took up most of the hole and he/she would not back up. An unfortunately the fence was too high to look over. Standing up, I began to look around to see if I could find an end to the fence, but the snout in the fence hole started whining, do I dropped backed down and resumed scratching.
I am not sure how long I sat by the fence and hung out with my new friend, but it was getting late and I had a long run home. So standing up, I placed a gentle kiss on the snout that stuck out of the fence. “Thank you”I murrmered and began my run back home. But as I ran, I realized what a gift I was just given. The reason I started to run was still there, but because of the unconditional love I had received from a precious dog on the other side of a fence, things didn’t seem so bad after all.
I often think back to that run and the fateful meeting with my furry Angel. I tried to go back there a few weeks later, but I could not find the fence or the dog. But I was given a gift that day that I would never lose, peace of mind and gratitude.