I was at Niagara Falls enjoying the sight of the world’s 8 wonder. It was wonderful, I went the untraditional way of touring, I was doing this by myself. So I had decided to trek the entire Niagara beauty, watch the falls, the cove, the whispering all of it on foot …
As I was taking in the sights and wandering around I lost sight of civilization…That’s when I met him or rather he saw me first. Coz I was oblivious to his presence. His deep eyes – I will never forget it conveyed protection and the want of just being there.
Today when I look back at the episode it was foolish of me to walk around especially when there was no other person in sight. I trudged along the pathway and he followed me. It was almost like a bond was created at first sight. I walked around and I stopped to click pictures or just to take in the beauty, he walked beside me. He stopped when I stopped, he was walking in slow strides and kept pace with me. At one point I almost felt him brush past me, but I didn’t mind him. It was almost like he was protecting me and wanted to ensure that I was not lost or that I didn’t go astray.
It was afternoon and I was hungry all I carried were some energy bars, I decided to take a short break in a Bus shelter. I turned to share the energy bar with my new friend but he didn’t seem interested. That’s when I started talking to him asking him why he was walking by my side. I didn’t feel threatened but quite the opposite it was good to have someone for company. I studied his features, he looked slightly old, his fur was thin, I wondered how he managed to protect himself in such icy temperatures. While he didn’t say anything, I could see it in his eyes, he was just content sitting next to me.
Then it was time to move again, I called him Bruno (amour, protection), he wagged his tail as he walked ahead of me. Towards the extreme end I saw the river, that’s where we discovered squirrels a lot of them. Both Bruno and I started chasing them, in an attempt to catch them. Bruno was having a field day, so was I. it was wonderful being all by self, with nothing else other than Bruno, the squirrels and the nature.
We wandered around for a bit, my feet had begun hurting and it was getting chillier by the minute. I knew it was time to get back to the Tower house. That’s when I saw the bus making the turn. I asked the driver he was going back to the Tower house, he said yes. So I got into it…it was completely empty. The driver got down for a smoke as I made myself comfortable in the bus. And there was Bruno sitting and waiting by the bus. I said Thank You to him and he just looked at me. As the Bus purred to life,, I looked at Bruno one final time to say goodbye, but had begun walking towards the other side. He didn’t look back.
It was a very different connection even though it was momentary. It was a bond that I couldn’t explain.. I loved the way he escorted me throughout the park until I got onto the bus. It almost felt that he was looking out for me. I had no idea where he came from or where he went. He struck a chord, which is a beautiful memory that I treasure till today. I will never forget those eyes. Bruno Thank You, I enjoyed your company.