The heat was terrible and there was nobody around. I was left alone in the barn; even the flies were gone.
They all had left, ready to prove their worth in the show arena, and I wondered why I had been left here.
I was still puzzling when I heard someone barking: “Are you lame?”
I’ve never had a great feeling for dogs. I know that they are not very smart and also too small to actually count for something. The dog I saw sitting on top of the shaving bags in the aisle was the smallest size I’ve ever seen.
“What do you mean?” I asked, sniffing at the little snoop.
“You’re a horse and you’re not in the show ring.”
The small thing showed some experience. “And?”
“Only limping horses have been left back in the stables… the cripples.”
Suddenly I understood what he meant. What did Claire say when the gray gelding had been left at home? Useless…
I felt very sad. I wanted to lie down and never get up again.
Then I felt a wet touch on my nose.
“Don’t be sad” said the dog. “You’re not useless while you have a friend.”
I closed my eyes and all the sadness disappeared…
It was licked away by a dog.