The day was sunny, but it wasn’t sunny in my heart. Kona was excited. Big tongue hanging out of his mouth, tail wagging. For all he knew he was going off on another adventure.
Our family friend, Matt, always took Kona for rides on the back of his motorcycle. No motor cycle ride today. Matt hoisted Kona’s dog house to the back of his El Camino, Kona jumped in, no idea he was moving out to the country. For good.
City life wasn’t working for this St. Bernard – Collie mix. He needed space. He needed something else to chase besides cars.
Years before when my parents were still married my oldest sister came home one night with Kona. She was walking the beach with a girlfriend. They told the owner walking Kona how cute the dog was and next thing you know my teenage sister had a new dog. She eventually moved out, so did my dad.
In the void of one less sister and a father no longer in the house, there was this big dog. Kona slept on my bed – I didn’t care that he took up most of the space.
His floppy ears and big smiling face fill the picture I am holding now. A 30 something year old picture that holds memories I’d forgotten.
After the snap shot was taken, I never saw Kona again. But the place he held in my heart has been rediscovered. Like finding a present under the tree, days after Christmas.
by J.G. McGlothern