Friday, January 20, 2006
Photography is my hobby, and on my days off I often go to the San Leandro Marina to see what birds and wildlife might provide a photo opportunity. There wasn't much of interest there today, just the usual ducks, various shore birds, and always present gulls.
I was heading back to my car since it was getting late, and chilly, when I spotted an old friend across the parking lot. As I quickly walked toward him, he spotted me. I could see the questioning look on his face, trying to place who this person was that was approaching him.
His face broke into that great, happy Bulldog smile, and he headed toward me, dragging the wonderful woman who had adopted him over a year and a half ago, with him. He wasn't going to be held back, not until he had reached me, put his big front paws on my chest and covered my face with the kind of kisses only Buddy can give.
Buddy looks great, is so very happy and loves his people as much as they love him. He's so well behaved and devoted. I can remember when it was questionable as to whether he might be too much dog, too energetic and too bouncy to be adopted. He had been adopted once and sadly returned because his adopters just couldn't handle all that he is.
But now he's loved, happy, and content. I knew Buddy was a great dog. All it took was someone who was willing to let Buddy be Buddy, and give him all the attention and care he needed, and he's returning that devotion ten-fold.
We have plans on setting up a play date with Buddy and one of my dogs. I'm looking forward to seeing him again real soon.