ENG Angel dog

Angel dog

Waking up at about 6 am, Mark habitually decided to take a morning run along the sea. For him, this ritual had recently become an obligatory part of his day. Enjoying the coolness of the sea, Mark once again was running past the familiar lanes, well-maintained houses, passed fig and apple orchards, so adored by a small resort town on the seacoast of Slovenia.
He liked to stop while jogging and gaze into the distance. It was a fascinating sight to see the sunrise, when the first rays began to make their way through the bluish-gray clouds that, like waves on the sea, compete with each other, ran into the embankment, spreading all over the seacoast.
"Your shoestring is untied, you could accidentally fall off “Mark heard a small, strange voice.
Mark shuddered and looked around; no one was there.
“Is it just my impression? “ thought Mark, grinning at his own hallucinations.
“Yes, it has happened in reality,” Mark heard again. “Look down once again!” the voice repeated.
Mark made sweat from surprise, and saw that there was a golden Labrador standing next to him and looking into his eyes.
“You're talking, aren’t you? “he said to himself, not believing that he was talking to the dog. Mark is an adult and normal, healthy and sensible and suddenly seriously is talking to a Labrador? Who would believe this? How could he believe that this meeting was actually taking place? Besides, as he started talking to the dog, it began to answer him.
“Of course, I am” it answered to Mark.
“Have I changed so much? And you have not changed very much! I recognized you immediately,” it continued happily.
It, of course, was really hard to believe, impossible to believe, but it was her! His dog, a Golden Labrador Almeka, who Mark had returned to the breeders ten years before with tears in his eyes and gripping emotional pain, which lingered for a long time.
“Almeka, my God, is that really you? Here, by the sea, thousands of miles from home, and you are even talking? “ Mark began saying with a shudder in his voice,
“Or am I getting crazy?”
“No, nothing's wrong with you! I was surprised when yesterday morning I saw you jogging. The whole day I was thinking, wondering whether to approach you and talk to you. I consulted with my friends and obtained the permission for the meeting and short conversation with you. You understand, the situation is not standard, but I really missed you, my master - and the dog quickly wagged its tail.
“Of course, I must explain everything to you”continued Almeka,
“ Do you remember the terrible accident that we got into together? On that summer Saturday evening, when the group of drunk young people decided to turn around in the wrong place and you drove into them at full speed? “ the dog reminded, continuing wagging her tail and looking straight into Mark's eyes.
Mark remembered that evening in all details. Many times the accident had been replayed in his head and he always came to the conclusion that he could do nothing to prevent it. It was the most serious violation of traffic rules and only Mark's reaction and luck helped avoid additional casualties. Almeka sat in the backseat and was not hurt at all. Mark was seriously injured in that accident; he was treated for a long time. Many months passed before he became healthy again and many fractures of the cervical vertebrae, scapula and clavicle were healed.
“So, when the accident happened, the time had stopped, and our Ruler “ Almeka shook her head and pointed up with her face, “asked me if I want to go up there instead of you?”
The Labrador Almeka crouched, and continued “I, of course, did not hesitate and agreed on the condition that you would not feel guilty about my death. I supposedly had to spend just a couple of days alive. Then I thought just to run away, but you returned me to the breeders, because you were broken and could not take care of me.”
Mark listened attentively, remembering that terrible day.
—"I'm working as a canine angel, and to be honest, nobody can see me except in special cases and when I'm allowed to become visible, “continued Almeka, surprising Mark with her revelation.
“For appropriate behavior and good performance, I was sent on a business trip to the seaside, where you are living now” the dog yawned, and continued her unbelievable story. “Do you think only people have angels? Animals also have. I have to help go up there to many pets as hamsters, cows and sheep. And, of course, my fellow dogs, there are lots of them here and they are loved! Yes, and how I could forget about cats, whether they are not fine”, winced Almeka.
“Here, they are walking by themselves, such impudent creatures! There are lots of things to do, local canine angels do not like to work fast. They all do it so slowly!
Mark thought that the Labrador chuckled after these words.
“I owe you my life”, Mark said quietly, as if to affirm it finally.
“Nonsense, we are all alive only because of Him”, Almeka lifted again her nose up.
“So, He, our Ruler, had plans about you , and you still did not fulfill your mission”, the dog continued, looking around.
“Accidents are links in a chain of some celestial regularity that leads all of us alive to the most important goal, on a very winding path. Each living creature has its own purpose, its predestination. And an apparent, chaotic coincidence, unexpected encounters, or occasional discoveries - all these, is a part of the divine, that is incomprehensible to us. You do not even need to try to understand and solve this cunning crossword of life. We cannot know, we do not even guess what this goal is or how it sometimes says - the mission, in what it is expressed. We can only try to live, live for love. Feel the love in our, even ordinary, everyday affairs, when the whole body and soul feel the correctness of what is happening. It is difficult for us to do good deeds, but we cannot do even evil deeds, and this will already be seen and appreciated by Him! “ the Labrador began to philosophize.
Almeka, turned her head, as if listening to someone, then turned her head to Mark “Well, the message from the authorities came, we urgently need to move to Trieste, where my Italian friends do not have time to cope with the assigned work! Take care, my master. Maybe we meet again! Oh yes, and tie your shoestring, please! “there were farewell words after which the dog turned and ran along the sea.
    Mark, stunned by the very fact of an unusual conversation, looked fascinated, then followed the fleeing dog, then to the calm sea, then to the unfastened shoestring and did not believe that it had happened to him.