2022-08-06 11:18

My best friend, Cocoa, and I live in a senior-citizen apartment complex1 in a lovely small town. Cocoa is a ten-year-old poodle2 and I am a sixty-nine-yea-old lady, so you can see we both qualify as senior citizens.
  Years ago, I promised myself that when I retired I would get a chocolate poodle to share my golden years. From the very first, Cocoa has always been exceptionally well-behaved3. I never have to tell him anything more than once. He was housebroken4 in three days and has never done anything naughty. He is extremely neat--when taking his toys from his box to play, he always puts them back when he is finished. I have been accused of being obsessively5 neat, and sometimes I wonder if he mimics6 me or if he was born that way, too.
  He is a wonderful companion. When I throw a ball for him, he picks it up in his mouth and throws it back to me. We sometimes play a game I played as a child--but never with a dog. He puts his paw on my hand, I cover it with my other hand, he puts his paw on top, and I slide7 my hand out from underneath the pile and lay it on top, and so on. He does many amusing things that make me laugh, and when that happens, he is so delighted he just keeps it up8 . I enjoy his company immensely.
  But almost two years ago,Cocoa did something that defies9 comprehension.Was it a miracle or a coincidence10? It is certainly a mystery.
One afternoon,Cocoa started acting strangely. I was sitting on the floor playing with him, when he started pawing and sniffing at11 the right side of my chest. He had never done anything like this ever before, and I told him, “ No.” With Cocoa, one “ no” is usually sufficient12, but not that day. He stopped briefly, then suddenly ran toward me from the other side of the room,throwing his entire13 weigh--eighteen pounds--at the right side of my chest. He crashed14 into me and I yelped15 in pain. It hurt more than I thought it should have.
  Soon after this, I felt a lump16. I went to my doctors, and after X rays, tests and lab work were done, they told me I had cancer.
  When cancer starts, for an unknown reason, a wall of calcium17 builds. Then the lump or cancer attaches itself to this wall. When Cocoa jumped on me, the force of the impact18 broke the lump away from the calcium wall. This made it possible for me to notice the lump. Before that, I couldn”t see it or feel it, so there was no way for me to know it was there.
  I had a complete mastectomy19 and the cancer has not spread to any other part of my body. The doctors told me if the cancer had gone undetected even six more months, it would have been too late.
Was Cocoa aware of 20 just what he was doing? I”ll never really know. What I do know is that I”m glad I made a promise to spend my golden years with this wonderful chocolate brown poodle--for Cocoa not only shares his life with me; he has made sure that I will be around to share my life with him!


1.complex[ 5kCmpleks ]n.综合体,集合体,体系
4.housebreak[`hBJsbreIk ]vt.训练(家犬、家猫等)保持卫生习惯(即在屋外或一定的地方便溺)
6.mimic[ 5mimik]vt.模仿,学…的样子