“Ruby, My Thief in the Night”

Ruby is my miniature poodle.   She is about five years old, the age when Chinese meat farm breeders find less use for their “cash cows” and sell them to the slaughterhouse.   Ruby was rescued on her way to that slaughterhouse.   Devoted angels on both sides of the sea enabled me to rescue her along with her poodle brother, Rusty,  rescued from the streets of Shanghai, as well.

Ruby never knew life outside her cage, never held a toy in her paws.   Now, she delights in collecting them…..She collects her own, her siblings, and visiting canine relatives who must relinquish all stuffed toys to her.

By day, Ruby sits by my side on the sofa while I read or knit.   By night, my reading glasses, my entire knitted piece, a skein of wool, or just a few strands of yarn make their way to the sofa.   Maybe it’s Ruby’s hoard.    I have read accounts of trauma survivors who become hoarders.   Captain George Pollard of the whaling ship “Essex” was discovered to have hoarded food in his Nantucket attic.   Depression era survivors always had a well stocked pantry………just in case…….

How can I be angry at Ruby for being a thief in the night……..Perhaps the darkness of night heightens fears that she will once again face the cruelty of her past……When she first came to me, she flinched at every move my hand made to reach down and pet her fearful body.  Now, there are still moments, when caught red handed, that she looks at me with fear in her eyes……Fear that I will act with cruelty and harm, not with love and understanding.

I love Ruby…..I smile when I see my reading glasses and yarn on the sofa.   Maybe it is her way of making sure there will be a tomorrow, sitting on the sofa, next to someone knitting or reading, or just loving her……♥p1200329

About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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3 Responses to “Ruby, My Thief in the Night”

  1. Yue Tang says:

    This is a beautiful writing of a loving mother describing the strange behavior of her adopted breeding dog Ruby and analyzing the possible reason for the “stealing” and hiding of things at night! The whole story is full of the writer’s love and understanding of her furry daughter, touching the readers to their utmost.

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