Two Dogs Watching The Rain

–About Life, Love And Living

It had rained for days and they could only sit at the window and watch the rain. It puddled into what looked to them like small lakes. They would sleep for a while; the rain had that effect on them. Yet, when they awakened it was still raining. It was loud on the roof and the water flowed across the window creating an everchanging work of art.

They talked about the images, a lion’s face, a small child with tears falling, and great sailing ships riding the stormy waves.

They had been friends for a long time but had never spent this much time together. The years had passed, and they had a routine of eating, sleeping, playing in the yard and small talk. The last few days had been different. They had little that they could do but talk. He had never known that she had been abandoned and he told her of his days roaming the streets.

The rain had given them time and the inclination to open up and talk. It is a funny thing the rain is. It makes you feel melancholy and allows the friendships to be warm and open. Like a sad song, the rain makes us tell of our deeper stories, the ones we often hide.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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  1. I love this, I only have one dog but take care of three others that are his dog park friends often, it is so interesting to see how they bond and become such good friend.
    Protective of each other, bossy, knowing how much the other will put up with. I’m sure they talk about their lives to each other.

  2. I love this piece, Larry! My Golden Retriever uses the rain as a way to get toweled off. I can’t say he necessarily loves the rain, but he loves being toweled off. So, he’ll nudge to go outside if he’s been out and it is raining. I do wonder what he is thinking at times. His eyes are so soulful I can only imagine. Regardless, he is our canine child and makes us smile every day.

    Thanks for this reflective piece, Larry. I really enjoyed reading it.

  3. I always wonder what my 5 year old Lab is thinking when he looks outside to see it raining again. We have had more rain this year than almost any time since Noah, or so it feels… I imagine him thinking that he would probably want to go outside anyway. He and his best friend Vince, a year old beagle, don’t mind getting wet, it’s just about being together and running. What sucks is that if they get too dirty, they know that it’s going to be time for me to get the hose out, and they are much less fond of that. Even though they don’t like getting hosed off after an adventure, the adventure is still worth it. Even if we didn’t have to make up what dogs are thinking, they are worth having around. Thanks for another warm smile maker here Larry…

    • Yes for all of us. It is interesting to watch dogs interactions within a family environment. It is easy to believe that they would and could communicate as portrayed in the story