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My story “Love” is about a man who tries escape heartbreak by distancing himself from people. However, he learns that love comes in many forms. His love for his dog brings him heartbreak when he sees that the dog has grown old.

I know a man who cares for no one. Or so he says. He has been hurt deeply, people have destroyed his trust. He is not harsh or cruel or unkind. Indeed, he spent his whole life as a fire fighter, risking everything to rescue people from burning buildings. He has kind eyes and a soft voice. Always helpful, with a ready smile. But he cares for no one, with the exception of his dog. The dog means a great deal to him, but then the dog will not let him down. The dog staked a claim on his heart and will never fall foul of that claim. People though. People are not allowed within a vast distance of his heart. He knows that any joy or happiness that love brings to him is dashed on the rocks of bitter disappointment when love takes it away again. He will not allow the good ship of happy endings to deceive him into rowing towards  the lighthouse of hope. He has met sirens before, their mesmerising beauty and magical songs lured him almost to his doom. Now he cares for no one. The dog lays a paw on his knee and looks up with soulful eyes. The man, with sudden clarity, sees that the dog has grown old. A strangled cry escapes his lips as he pulls the old dog into his arms. Silent tears fall into the rough fur and the man curses beneath his breath at love, for love had never brought him anything but heartbreak.

I live near Glamis Castle in the Angus Glens, Scotland, United Kingdom. I have a deep love for animals, nature, and the countryside and love writing about them. I have won several writing prompt competitions on Voweler and I am a named author on Paragraph Planet. My book A Little Dog's Prayer is available on Amazon. I was recently delighted and honoured to be awarded a diploma for my contribution to A Museum of Words. The César Egido Serrano Foundation and the Museum of the Word in plenary session have named me Ambassador of the Spanish language of my country in the world (Scotland). My motto is "Be kind, do no harm".



  1. Priya Gote

    February 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Very nice….waiting for your next article

    • Jan McCulloch

      February 28, 2018 at 12:59 am

      Thank you. Look out for Footsteps in the sand 💚

  2. Vaibhav Lokhande

    February 16, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Indeed… love has many forms, love looks simple but difficult to’s the perception of everyone towards the love which makes the individual to have their different thoughts towards love.

    Very well written..

    • Jan McCulloch

      February 28, 2018 at 1:00 am

      Thank you 🌞

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