I asked a friend what she would ask her dog and she said, Do you have any idea how much I love you?
Our neighbor wonders if animals will have the ability to speak in heaven.
My husband said he would ask Piper, Are you happy?
Instantly, I myself had two questions for my little guy, Is there something you want or need that you’re not getting? and What was your life like when you lived with the other family? (Piper had lived with another family, along with three other birds, before he was surrendered to the bird rescue where we found him.)
In considering both, the first question seems more for Piper and the second one more for me, although I do think knowing more about his past would help me care for him now.
I wonder what Piper would ask me. I hope I’m an open book to him; I am home most days and he is my steadfast companion and I his. I talk to him all the time, about things of no consequence but also serious and weighted subjects. And I tell him how much I love him, how happy I am that he is here with us and what a good boy he is.
At the end of the day, like every other relationship, it’s often what’s not said that can be most telling. Piper is a good eater and yearly well-checks with his avian vet assure his overall health. He plays with toys on his own but also with his daddy and me. He makes bird noises and sounds and although not my first language, I speak pretty good bird. He can be full of piss and vinegar but also give kisses and cuddle. And if we go upon the simple idea that a picture paints a thousand words, then the above photo tells us all we need to know.