Tomorrow will be 9 yrs ago we brought Bugsy home from the SPCA of Wake County.
I can only laugh at our naivete.
If I knew then what I know now, I might have moved on to a less alert, intense, ENERGETIC, outgoing, bright, frenetic puppy. Oh and may be a smaller one :)
But I didn't.
So I brought him home and within a few days realized he wasn't exactly like other puppies I had known. I literally - really - wrote to several working dog organizations to see if they had interest in him.
Not because I didn't already love him intensely, but because I knew he NEEDED to work. Play was great but he was all about working.
No one wanted him and I was so in love.
He was mine!
As I was just looking through photos to select one to post, I smiled and cried and admired one after another.
So many memories and lessons learned.
The zooming. And he is still zooming - we were out early in the pitch dark and he came flying towards me from over some shrubs.
The intensity. No human I know has his level of intensity and focus. It is ridiculously powerful silence.
The buddies. My goodness my photo files are filled with him and friends. So many puppies he's helped raise. He is a true benevolent leader and an extraordinary amount of dogs he meets fawn on him. I can only wish I knew why that is.
And of course his love and joy with people.
Sadly I had to see those photos from knee surgery, lump surgery, shoulder surgery, and elbow surgery.
Not one of those long periods of pain changed him.
As soon as he could he zoomed, played, hunted and socialized.
I am very fortunate I was so ignorant back then. I got to bring home a dog that changed my life in so many ways I couldn't pretend to count them.
Happy Gotcha Day Beastie. You are one in a million.
Thanks for everything!
Hmmm I think I may start calling it my gotcha day ;)