Dewey and Jaxon Follow Their Heart

Happy Saturday! Dewey takes a different type of adventure today.  My heart was feeling strongly for a friend and well, this is how my heart spoke. 

Jaxon and Dewey were in the backyard laying in a pile of leaves. They had been jumping, but were taking a break now and Dewey was feeling a stirring in his heart. He turned to Jaxon and told him that he thinks he is rubbing off on him. “Why?” asked Jaxon.  “Well.. I have a funny feeling in my heart.. like I need to be somewhere, but I don’t know where. ”

Jaxon closed his eyes and tried to concentrate. All was quiet for a few moments, so still you could have heard a leaf fall to the ground. Suddenly Jaxon opened his eyes and said, “Dewey follow me, there is someone that needs us!” With that he started walking away at a rapid pace. Dewey quickly got up on all 4 paws and took off after Jaxon, calling after him to remind him to slow down, for he had short legs!

It felt like they had been walking forever. Dewey’s stomach was reminding him that breakfast had been awhile ago! At last he heard Jaxon say the magic words. “Here we are!” Dewey looked, they had stopped right in front of a  house. One they hadn’t been to before. “So what are we supposed to do now?”, asked Dewey. Jaxon shrugged and reminded Dewey that he was the one that had the stirring in his heart to begin with. All Jaxon did was lead them to the  correct place. Jaxon sensed that they were needed, but he didn’t know why.

Dewey felt the stirring stronger now and knew he had to get inside the house somehow. How exactly, was the million dollar question. He did not see any cat doors to go through and its not like he could just ring the door bell. Or wait, maybe he could? Well technically he couldn’t, for he was too short to reach the doorbell, but Jaxon could jump up and ring it. Jaxon quickly agreed and it took him 3 jumps but he made it and he pushed long and hard on the doorbell.

They heard footsteps coming. OH NO! What did they do? They were just about ready to turn around and run… this was crazy , they didn’t know these people! Too late the door opened and they ran in quickly before they lost their nerve.

“Hey, why did you let that cat in? You know how Mom doesn’t like cats.” Beth still had a shocked look on her face as she replied that all she did was open the door, because of the doorbell ringing. ” Oh, well who was there? asked her brother. This is where Beth took a deep breath and said, “Ummmm….that cat and some really strange animal that I don’t see now.”

Beth was going to say more , but her Mom entered the living room at that time. Her eyes were puffy and red  from all the tears she had cried the night before. She sat down on the couch not even noticing Dewey at first. Her mind was going in so many directions, she could barely focus. Dewey held his breath.  The couch was so comfy and he was used to being allowed on the man-servant’s couch that he had just made himself at home here. Now hearing how the woman didn’t like cats, he thought that maybe they had made a mistake coming here.

Then it happened;  he started feeling warm inside, as the woman gingerly took her hand and started stroking Dewey. It was very light at first and Dewey held really still. Dewey felt the stirring again and he knew he was exactly  where he needed to be. Gradually the light stroking became a little more harder. He could tell the woman was feeling comfortable with stroking him. Dewey started to purr and he laid his head down in the woman’s lap. With that the woman began to cry again and Dewey thought , “OH NO! What did I do!” , but he soon realized that it was OK. He felt like this was the reason he was supposed to be  here. The woman needed him and she hadn’t even known it. He could feel the tension leave her body as she stroked him with her tears falling on his fur.

Meanwhile Jaxon had tried to fit in with a pile of plush animals in the boy’s room. That was a mistake, for the boy grabbed him like a stuffed toy and squeezed him so hard that Jaxon was sure all his insides were going to fall out! Like Dewey though Jaxon held still…he could sense that something special was at work. The boy’s tears landed on Jaxon and Jaxon’s heart started to melt. Why was everyone in this house so sad?

After Jaxon’s body had grown numb he felt the boy’s grip on him loosen and he could hear the boy taking deep breaths. The boy had fallen asleep. Jaxon slipped out from underneath his arm and stared at him for awhile. He felt bad for the boy and there was a part of him that hated to leave. He stroked the boy’s hair and put a peaceful sleep spell on him. Then he went out to check on Dewey.

“Wow!” Jaxon couldn’t believe it! He thought this lady didn’t like cats! Dewey was curled up on her lap and she had her hand resting on top of Dewey. Her eyes were closed as her head laid against the back of the couch. She was asleep as well.

Dewey saw Jaxon and he slowly got off the woman’s lap so as not to disturb  her. Jaxon’s eyes met Dewey’s and there was no need for words.  Fortunately the door never had been closed the whole way, so they were able to leave the house quietly.

Dewey was silent until they had walked further away from the house. ” Oh Jaxon! I am so glad that we came. I don’t know what was wrong, but they needed us, didn’t they?” Jaxon totally agreed. He would have said more, but he couldn’t get past the lump in his throat. Humans were strange creatures. They could really confuse you, but at other times there was something so very sweet and vulnerable about them.  You felt like you needed to protect them. They could weave their way into your heart if you weren’t careful!

Once home Dewey and Jaxon felt exhausted, their bowls were full, but they really were not that hungry. Dewey’s heart was full and it must have spread to his stomach.

Dewey loved the adventures he had with his friends, a lot of them were crazy and fun! What with a  magical Jackalope, and a  crazy Owl, plus a Wackerdoodly man-servant, how could they not have fun? Wackerdoodly was a word straight from the man-servant’s mouth. Dewey wasn’t quite sure what it meant, but from the sound of it, he would say it was perfect for the man-servant.

Today’s adventure had been different ,but Dewey wouldn’t trade it for anything. He had brought a smile to a wounded heart. The man-servant was always telling them how important it was to be there for others. To help share a smile with someone who needs it. Today Dewey understood.

19 thoughts on “Dewey and Jaxon Follow Their Heart

  1. I have to say that, in the relatively short time that I have been following your blog, your writing has matured (my perspective only of course as I am no writing critic) so much. While your Posts have always been interesting, this particular one shows a depth of emotion that I had not noticed in your earlier writings. Please keep it up! 🙂

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  2. I really loved this one JR. I think one of the best things about pets is that ‘stirring’ knowing somehow when they are needed by humans. Lucky Dewy and Jaxon are friendly and didn’t mind. But I have experienced myself with my old dog this thing animals have,knowing when they need to comfort and be three for you. How petting them and snuggling into them just makes you feel better. Great story with much truth. I feel bad for whatever happened to the boy and his mom.

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  3. As a true cat lover of 4 precious fur balls, I loved this story. I understand how you got great reviews at the writers conference. I enjoyed reading this as my favorite cat is right beside me enjoying my petting him. How appropriate! Great job. You had me hooked.

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    • Awww…thanks Sue for your kind words! So glad you liked the story, and there are plenty more Dewey stories that you can read if you want 🙂 Just type Dewey into the search bar. Maybe you will see resemblances of Dewey in one of your cat’s. 🙂
      Hopefully we can get together soon, been too long since the conference!


  4. what I loved most about this part Joy was how you mixed humor and an emotional aspect together and they worked perfectly. We got to see a selfless aspect of Dewey and Jaxon. This just further strengthens the character because now we know, although they love to joke, prank and play around, when it comes down to it, they know when to keep the jokes aside. Well done 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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    • Thanks Ameena! I honestly wasn’t sure how this post would go over because of it being so different from the other Dewey stories due to its seriousness. Guess it shows what I know. LOL!
      Yes, I did have to add a little humor in it, didn’t feel right if not. Had to get the word “Wackerdoodly” in there somehow 🙂


  5. Who among us has not felt the need and desire to help, but a loss for how? I know that I certainly relate to that! I love how Dewey and Jaxon learned that sometimes just being still and present is far more important than words or deeds.

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    • Just when I think that my eyes aren’t going to mist over anymore by comments… there is another one that gets me.
      Thanks dear friend, even if you made my eyes mist, for you are right!! Yes, just being still and present with the hurting one can mean so much more than words at times!


  6. I agree wholeheartedly with all those guys up above – great story! It’s always nice to see the other side of characters, and if you can do that with a laugh included, you know you’re really on to something! It’s also very realistic – animals always know. My own furball takes great joy in being a nuisance most of the time, but if I’m upset he always knows just how to curl up and comfort. It was so easy to envision Dewey doing this b/c Oxford does just the same. Realism at its best 🙂
    I saw the next post about the Velveteen Rabbit – I definitely thought of that book when I read this post!

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  7. Such a sweet story — and yes, pets do indeed notice when we’re upset and try to comfort us as best they can. Not mentioning why the family was upset makes a very good point that sometimes there’s no need to know; what matters is just to be there.

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