Wilma Wednesday: Me and My Shadow

Wilma and her shadow

Wilma follows me into the kitchen, her toenails going tick tick tick on the floor.

“Wilma, must you follow me everywhere?”


I’m just getting a drink of water. “You don’t need to follow me, honey, I’m coming right back.”

“But you might go away.”

“I’ll tell you if I’m going away, okay?”


Wilma trots after me, tick tick tick down the hall.

“Wilma, remember what I said?”

“Yes but you might want to go for a walk.”

“It’s not time for your walk, Sweetie. Don’t worry, I won’t go for your walk without you, okay?”


I return to my office and…you guessed it…tick tick tick.

Trying to keep the frustration out of my voice, I say, “Wilma, I promise I won’t leave without you.”


“So you don’t have to follow me.”

“But you need me to protect you.”

Ah. I get it. She’s a rescue dog after all, and at least twice in her life, her people left her and never came back.

I kiss the top of her velvety head. “Thank you for protecting me, Wilma,” I say.

“You are welcome,” she says. “I like to be needed.”

I know the feeling.

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  1. TheChieftess - October 18, 2017 @ 10:04

    Awwww Wilma! You’re such a sweet, loving soul!

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 11:22

      Yeah. She is. Unless you’re a squirrel.

  2. Lowell - October 18, 2017 @ 11:24

    Aw…so cute. We no longer have a dog, but my cat, Cleo, would not leave me alone this morning. She was on my desk sitting on my laptop; then on important papers; then in the middle of my desk with her tail in my coffee; they on the floor whining that I should pick her up; then in my lap where she proceeded to arrange herself in such a way that I had to rub her chin and neck…well, there’s more, but you get the picture. And when all’s said and done, I’m glad she’s here even though sometimes I want lock her in a closet for the day! 🙂

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 14:22

      Maybe Cleo thinks you need protecting!

  3. Diana B - October 18, 2017 @ 13:12

    Hence the expression, “…followed me/him/her around like a dog.” It used to annoy the hell out of me, but when Sadie got so deaf that she didn’t hear me getting up to go somewhere, I admit I sort of (only sort of, mind you) missed it.

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 14:23

      One day Wilma will stop following me, and I think I’ll miss it, too.

  4. Chris - October 18, 2017 @ 13:12

    If she could talk I bet she would say those exact words! She just can’t admit that she isn’t as assured. FYI am thinking of getting a rescue. Have been wanting for awhile. A friend thinks I’m crazy cuz I have a cat. Others think it’s a good thing. And yes I’ve had dogs before

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 14:24

      It ought to work, as long as you don’t get an aggressive dog. Since your can was there first, he or she will probably be the alpha, am I right?

  5. William Kendall - October 18, 2017 @ 13:30

    I wonder how a dog views the concept of time.

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 14:25

      I’ve wondered that as well. I think Wilma understands time through her own circadian rhythms, as well as when she’s hungry and when it’s time for her walk.

  6. Barbara and Watson - October 18, 2017 @ 15:17

    Good girl, Wilma. Sometimes people just can’t smell what’s around the corner like we can.
    Love from Watson

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 15:54

      She knows how to take care of me, and she can smell the mailman from miles away.

  7. Bonnie Schroeder - October 18, 2017 @ 15:46

    Good girl, Wilma!

    • Petrea - October 18, 2017 @ 15:54

      Tell Thunder we said hi.

  8. Chris - October 18, 2017 @ 15:56

    Yes u are right.

  9. Shelley - October 18, 2017 @ 23:29

    Aww, this brought a little tear to my eye. She is such a love. …

    • Petrea - October 19, 2017 @ 13:15

      She’s my little love.

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