I watch in the side view mirror
as he sits at the top of the back stairs
head slightly cocked
white ears perked
dark eyes bright
for the moment the engine stops growling
and mama opens the car door
to tear down the concrete path
and dance on his hind legs
snuffling kisses while his tiny tail
threatens to wag off.
The prompt for April 9, 2013 was submitted by Michelle Angelini from Hollywood, California: "Relationships: dogs & their humans"