Tatiana has decided to adopt a dog to guard her loft.
She saw an ad in the paper for a beautiful husky and called to see if she could meet the dog and its owner.
The owner was nice enough to agree to meet her at the park as soon as he was able.
Tatiana decided to get some work done while she waited for the owner of the husky to call her back with a time to meet.
It was wonderful to have all the natural light from the large windows in her art space.
Tatiana got the call to meet at the Marina Park in downtown around 5 o'clock.
The owner was a young man named Leo.
As soon as Tatiana got to the park she recognized the husky from the photo in the paper and went to introduce herself.
"Hello, I'm Tatiana. I believe I spoke with you on the phone about your dog."
The man seemed very pleasant and greeted her with a smile. "My name is Leo and this is my dog Jake."
Tatiana grew up in a house that wasn't allowed to have pets, especially a dog. No way her mother was going to have a dog ruin her rich furnishings. But Tatiana had read books about dogs and knew to let the dog sniff her as an introduction.
Jake the husky seemed to be as pleasant a dog as his owner and Tatiana fell in love with him almost instantly. Jake the Husky that is :-)
Leo decided to let the two get familiar with each other while he shot of few hoops at the basketball court.
Well, it looks like Jake has really taken a liking to Tatiana. He's followed her into the ladies bathroom!
Before long the nice day had turned into a rainy evening.
Tatiana wanted more time to learn about Jake and so she invited the two back to her loft for a visit.
As Leo entered the warehouse he was amazed by the size of the place.
From the main floor you couldn't see the loft, only her dance area was visible.
"Let's go upstairs and I'll fix us a cup of tea and you can tell me about Jake."
Though it was pouring rain outside Tatiana was happy that her skylights did not leak and the inside of her loft was warm and dry.
Tatiana listened excitedly as Leo went from one story to the next about Jake. She could tell that he loved his dog very much and wondered why he was giving him away. "Can I ask why you are giving Jake up when you clearly love him so much?"
"I absolutely hate having to give him up. I've had him since he was 8 wks old. I'm giving him up for his own good. I'm a struggling artist and I just can't afford to keep him anymore. I wish there was a way for us to stay together, but I'm not gonna make my best friend suffer just because I have to," said Leo sadly as he drank his cup of tea.
Leo explained that he's a painter and a writer but that he hadn't sold a painting in months. He was a few months behind on his rent and was getting eviction notices.
Leo noticed that Tatiana was staring into her cup of tea with a sad face. "Don't have pity for me. I don't take pity from anyone! I got myself into this situation I can get myself out of it! All I need to do is sale a painting or two and I'll be back on top again. Just don't sit there feeling sorry for me. I can't stand that pity crap." Leo was very upset. Suddenly he got up and went to say goodbye to his dog Jake.
"Alright boy, we knew this day would come eventually," said Leo, trying to sound tough but you could see the sadness on his face.
Leo gave his dog Jake a hug and told him to be a good boy for Tatiana. "You be sure and protect her Jake. Be a good boy." It looks as if even Jake knew that he was being left behind because his best friend needed to sale more paintings.
Jake growled in protest.
He was not happy that Leo was leaving him.
Leo turned his back to leave and Jake started to whimper loudly as he watched his best friend walk out the door.
After Leo left Tatiana changed for bed and hopped online to order a few things for Jake. She felt really bad for Leo but she was very grateful to have such a good dog in the loft for protection. She paid extra to have the things she'd ordered sent to her overnight. Jake would have a bed, a food bowl and plenty of toys to keep him happy.
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To be continued...