Horses with No Names- Nothing but a Big Old "Yeller" Dog
This is the fourteenth in a series about the strangers that I meet in my life.
When I was 6 years old my mother brought me to a very old theatre in Montreal to see the Disney film “Old Yeller”. I remember wearing a red wool coat, itchy matching leggings and half way through the movie I peed my pants. The size of the screen and the overpowering volume had scared the droplets right out of me. Because fabric in those days was not made with permanent dye I had scarlet legs for days.
My mother and I cried forever at the end of that movie. She had a delicate whimper with flowing tears while I in turn was screaming my head off. We did not go to an in house movie again for a long time, opting instead for drive ins on the Vermont border.
Tuesday as I was taking the subway to the city this wonderful yellow dog entered the car and his mistress simply said,
Looking at me dead straight in the eyes accompanied by endless tail wagging was the most wonderful yellow dog I had ever seen. The dog had piercing black eyes that had nothing but love in them. We both stared at each other for awhile and I knew I just had to get this dog’s story. I got up and moved next to them and asked owner Shayna if I could do a blog on her dog. She shrugged her shoulders and began to tell me about the life of this big old yeller dog.
The dog’s nickname was “Momma” but her real name was Rossi, named after Carlos Rossi. When Googling the name I have yet to figure out if the dog was named after Carlos Rossi the purveyor of wine or the Venezuelan politician. My money is on the wine.
Rossi was born on the 4th of July from a litter of 11. This dog is so loved by Shayna that I briefly caught a glimpse of Rossi’s head tattooed amongst tiny flowers on her left arm. Now that is devotion as far as I am concerned.
Rossi goes everywhere with Shayna and they both study art, German and archery at a local college. The duo also visit a lot of music venues together and I bet Rossi does not flinch an inch when she hears loud noise like I did as a child. She does not beg for anything and sits quietly beside food until she smells one thing. Once this Rottweiller Mastiff mix eyes fresh cheese you had better produce it quickly or else.
I have never seen a dog so relaxed as Rossi climbed up on the seat to be next to her owner. Shayna in turn casually put her arm down on Rossi who in return just let out one long loving sigh.
As they left Rossi had no idea she was on her way to Monterey to play in the surf which she dearly loves. As they exited she glanced from side to side to make sure all was well for her and her beloved Shayna. Did I also mention that Rossi is a registered service dog? That’s right she is a service dog that specializes in love.
Images and Text: Linda Seccaspina 2011
Dedicated to Catherine Forsythe and to her knowledge and love of the canine world.
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