All he wanted

All he wanted was a cuddle. I could see it in his big brown eyes. He looked up at me, pleading silently.

I sighed. I’d have given anything to pick him up, like I’d done a hundred times, but I couldn’t.

“Sorry, Bertie.” I looked up at the clock. “Daddy’ll be here shortly. He’ll give you a cuddle.”

On hearing the magic word, Bertie’s ears pricked up and he barked, edging closer to the side of the bed.

“Shhh, Bertie! You’re not supposed to be here. The nurses will kill me if they hear you.”

Bertie whimpered and lay down, chin on paws.

I heard someone in the corridor and on a silent cue, Bertie shuffled under the bed.

The door swung open and I smiled as the tall figure entered the room. “Yay! Daddy’s here Bertie!”

Bertie re-appeared, thankfully without any verbal greeting, and leapt up at Elliott.

“Honey?” I said.

“Yes dear?” he said, lowering the dog’s front paws.

“Can you do me a favour?”

209 doberman 198011“Anything.”

“Scratch my nose.”

Elliott stared at my broken arms, tilting his head sympathetically. “Sure.”

“And give Bertie a cuddle.”

Elliott laughed, scratched my nose then crouched down, holding out his arms and gave our Doberman a hug.


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