Reading Amanda’s post about the departure of one of their dogs made me want to give a shout out to canine companions – present and past.
Buddy I – the U.P. dog. Shepherd/Malamute mix. Nice guy – loved to ride in the car. Trashed the kitchen carpet when he was mad at us. Had to leave him behind when we moved to Grand Rapids. Don’t have many memories of him, since we didn’t have him all that long.
Buddy II a.k.a. “The Old Man” – Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. Our cross-eyed boy. Meek and mild, confused most of the time, with the sweetest temperament. He became ours when he was 1 year old, and passed away at 10. He was my dog, no doubt about it, and I miss the Budster.
Kira – Vicki’s Baby Girl. First one we raised from puppyhood. Husky/Lab mix. One blue and one brown eye. Smart, willful, energetic, loving, and was Buddy’s “seeing eye dog.” She taught him that people are alright, and even nice to be around. We said goodbye to her July, 2006 at the ripe old age of 16. She was a special one…
Ezri a.k.a. “Ezzie The Wonder Dog” or “BusyDog” – The current canine occupant of our home. She’s a true “What Is It?”, a mutt down to her toenails. She’s probably the most intelligent dog we’ve had, and plays constantly. Affection doesn’t motivate her – toys do. She’s a bit anti-social, which is a shame, ’cause she’s fun to play with and fun to watch. She’s my girl, and keeps me company working here at home. Oh – and she LOVES Hannah and Denise! But not Ryan… 😀
Here’s to the others, belonging to friends & family… Binky (the Pygmy Water Buffalo), Lady, Teddy, Nemesis, Roscoe, and so many others. Thanks for the joy and companionship you gave to us. And thank you, Lord, for the gift of our animal friends – be they dog, cat, feathered, finned, sleek, scaly, or other.
Time to go outside and play with Ezzie. 😀