You were a smart boy, picking us. Just like we were a smart couple, picking you. After bringing you home, you really taught us what it was to learn the meaning of ‘responsible’. We grew up because of you. We got you through a nasty case of demodex mange that despite keeping much of your hair, you had a lot of trouble getting rid of.
Playing with your buddy, Foster (and your mangey coat!)
You had countless belly troubles, and oh yea, some of the worse separation anxiety anyone had ever seen (let alone us, who knew nothing about it). It was about six months of consistency (5 dog beds, 2 crates and a bazillion kongs later) that finally made you realize we would never really leave you, not for long anyway. It was torture hearing you yelp, cry and scream for us when we left for work day after day; but we were SO proud of you for finally understanding that we’d be back for you. Always, bud. ALWAYS.
And fun, there was so much fun! You, my Baltimore-city-picked-up-running-the-streets-of-North-Ave Boy, got to experience the country! And boy did it suit you! I think your most favorite place in the world is the lake. You’ve been both summers and you LOVE it there. You hunt for sticks most of the day (even mastering the art of snorkeling), and sun yourself on the dock in the afternoon.
snorkeling for sticks
You sleep so well there since you don’t stop from sunrise to sunset. I’ve been visiting the lake since I was only a few years old, but it has a special meaning to me now. I think I’ll always have an easy time finding you there.
You’ve traveled to Rhode Island, New York, St. Michael’s (MD), The Outer Banks, D.C., and a ton of local day trips to hike and swim. I loved how well you did, everywhere. If you were with us, all was good in your world. My easy boy.
Running with your buddy, Tyson in OBX
And Change minds? Hell Yes you did. Just within out close circle of family and friends, we got the “YOU got a WHAT?!?!” when we brought you home… but look at the love in these faces now… these people ADORE you now.
And of course, the fostering. It was because of your needs at first. It was a debt, actually. We needed so much help with the mange and anxiety and everything else. I told ‘T’ (that sweet gal that runs MABB and basically saved your life a bazillion times since this mama knew nothing and T always had the answer), that once Knox was settled in, we’d give it a whirl. After all we certainly owed her (let’s pretend I didn’t email her every other day with ridiculous questions…). Well, who would have guessed, you were the best damn foster brother that ever could have existed. You were playful with the puppies and let them walk all over you, you gave space to those who needed time to warm up, and you comforted those who were unsure at first, about many different things (like steps and crates and city buses). I never did capture in a photo, but both Eve and Lola looked at you CONSTANTLY for reassurance. It was amazing how calm cool and collected you were knowing that you had your lil girls to look out for. And that wild Buddha man, what a personality! But you helped him contain himself when appropriate, and you really helped him get over his separation anxiety a lot faster than you did (and can you believe his was WORSE?!) His new mama owes you a big thank you for that one!
You’re weekends were filled with ‘stooping’ and ball at the park,
Enjoying the grass after some nice fetch at the park - your favorite way to start a Saturday morning
followed by evenings of snuggling up close.
What a trip you had buddy… this journey through life was anything but ordinary. They guessed you were born sometime in August 2009, but we know your life didn’t really start until May 17th, 2010. You really lived it up and when it finally came time to lay you to rest, it brought me peace to know we gave you every ounce of love, affection, and experience we could.
I hope your enjoying sun, grass and endless tennis balls and bully sticks right now… I love you sweet boy. Tomorrow, bud, I’ll tell you all about the Legacy you’ve left behind…