I guess you and I got off on the wrong foot. You were not very friendly and I was not very patient. However, destiny put us together and later we discovered that we were meant for each other.
All those years of getting up at 5.30 in the morning to go training made our bond stronger. We liked being the first ones to arrive and have all the training court for ourselves. When we were alone, you would perform all the exercises with an incredible happiness and energy. However, when the training court was filled with more people and their dogs, doing the exercises stopped being fun. Instead, training became a stressful and, sometimes, a scary activity.
I totally understood you since we had a lot of things in common. One of those things was that we never liked being surrounded by people or crowds, and being social was not one of our strengths. Nevertheless, I still believed we could do something great one day. One of my dreams was to participate in a competition in which we could be alone, with no other dogs, so we could prove our real talent. A talent that most of the times was hidden because of fear of being close to other people or dogs.
At home, we both had a different personality. We were the kings and did not show any fear at all. Sometimes you and your biting habits caused me serious problems. Therefore, I could never have you unleashed when we walked in the park; a park that you believed was just yours. So, even though training with other dogs was not your thing, it was your only chance to run freely, play and release all your energy. And despite having to be with other people and dogs, I could tell that you loved getting in the car and going there because we always managed to find time to play just the two of us. I still remember that you would always get crazy when you heard Doc’s car (Doc is a friend who always drove us to the training court) and as soon as I opened the front door you would jump into the car like a bolt of lightning.
Then, one day, I got a job and we could no longer continue with our training sessions. I had to work from 7am to 2pm, so our routine changed dramatically. I started taking you out for a walk as soon as I had come home from work, even before having lunch. But it was not the same. It was not enough. Since I started working, your activity levels got reduced to just two walks in the park and always with a leash. Soon you began to accept your new but rather passive lifestyle; however, I was aware that you were bored and unhappy.
Fortunately, that situation was not going to last for long. Suddenly, you were offered a new place to live in. This place was bigger and it had lots of green areas. This place was as large as our park and there you were going to run freely again. It was going to be your new home. You were going to have a new family that loved dogs and that was going to give you as much love and care as I did. Of course, I gave it a lot of thought, and even though I knew I was going to miss you a lot and it was going to be hard and painful, my heart knew it was the best thing to do. You were going to be much happier there and have a better quality of life.
Finally, a decision was made and you moved to your new house in the country. Yes, you had your own country house. I wish I had a house like yours. And you, who never liked other dogs, found yourself living and playing with other four-legged peers who soon became your new siblings. You always felt you were the special one, and you did receive a special treatment because you arrived before the others. There was only one old dog that was there before you, but then he passed away and you became the king of the house.
Since your new place was a little far from the city, I could only visit you once a year. However, time and distance didn’t seem to matter. You would always recognize me and we would play together like the old times. Even though you moved to that new home, I still considered you my dog and would talk to people about you as if you were still my pet. Even your new family would say you were my dog. And yes, that owner-pet relationship never got broken. That was so obvious when I visited you. We never had to “break the ice.” We had the magic to reconnect as soon as we saw each other, as if we had never been apart.
We indeed had a strange relationship, but we never stopped being best friends. Now, you’ve moved again. Goodbye Charlie, run freely in heaven.
1. get off on the wrong foot (exp): start something badly. Ex: I got off on the wrong foot with the new neighbor, but after a while we became good friends.
2. bond (n): a close connection joining two or more people. Ex: Mothers and their children have a special bond.
3. unleashed (adj) : without a leash (leash: a long piece of leather, chain or rope used for holding and controlling a dog). Ex: In some parks it is forbidden to have dogs unleashed.
4. bolt of lightning (n): lightning that appears as a white line in the sky. Ex: The house was struck by a bolt of lightning.
5. the country (n): any area outside towns and cities, with fields, woods, farms, etc. Ex: We spent a lovely day in the country last weekend.
6. four-legged (adj) : something that has four legs. Ex: Dogs are four-legged animals.
7. pass away (v): die Ex: His grandfather passed away in 1999.
8. break the ice (exp) : to say or do something that makes people feel more relaxed, especially at the beginning of a meeting, party, etc. Ex: They played a party game to break the ice.
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WOULD for repeated actions in the past
People sometimes refer to events that happened repeatedly in the past but don’t happen anymore now. A good way to describe these actions is by using the modal verb WOULD. Let’s take a look at WOULD to talk about repeated actions in the past.
- When I was young, I would always play soccer with my friends on the weekends.
- Every time I was in a party, I would smoke.
Here, the person is talking about things that he or she did many times in the past, but now they don’t do them anymore.
This is the principal function of WOULD. However, it cannot be used in some situations:
1. When we talk about repeated events in the past, we cannot use WOULD in questions.
- When you were a kid, would you play soccer with your friends on the weekend? INCORRECT
Instead we can use ¨used to.¨
- When you were a kid, did you use to play soccer with your friends on the weekend? CORRECT
2. We cannot used WOULD with some verbs such as live, be, have, etc.
I would live in Lima when I was a kid.
- Instead, we say:
I used to live in Lima when I was a kid.
I would be bored when I was in class.
- Instead, we say:
I used to be bored when I was in class.
I would have a cat when I was a kid.
- Instead, we say:
I used to have a cat when I was a kid.
Neither ‘used to’ nor ‘would’ can be used to refer to single actions in the past.
In 2002 I went to Miami. (one event in the past)
In 2002 I would go to Miami. (WRONG) X
In 2002 I used to go to Miami (WRONG) X