Chaos loomed large inside so, for the first time since Thomas came home, I left him out on his own.
The Service Dog Project mama-to-be is enormous — 37 pounds more than her usual weight of 140. Her name is Chaos.
At this farm full of fabulous Great Danes, a fence surrounds the many acres where they can get exercise and supervised play. Up at the main house, they can get treats, pets, naps and supervised mingling with their canine and human friends.
But for now, the house belongs to Chaos. The other Danes are not to disturb her for she has an important job: She ‘s due any moment.
I enjoyed the pleasure of laying my hand on her head and stroking her down each round in her belly. Her breath heavy, I watched her eyes drift closed. If I’m lucky, I’ll be on hand to witness those rounds become puppies.
When I stepped back outside to collect Sir Thomas, I imagined him in that very same house only 15 months ago, a one-and-a-half pound newbie. An unknown number of people in need will benefit from this dog’s labor.
Chaos will deliver serenity.