The Doggie I Asked For……

The Doggie I Asked For……
I asked for strength that I might rear him perfectly;
I was given weakness that I might feed him more treats.
I asked for good health that I might rest easy; I was given a "special needs" dog that I might know nurturing.
I asked for an obedient dog that I might feel proud; I was given stubbornness that I might feel humble.
I asked for compliance that I might feel masterful; I was given a clown that I might laugh.
I asked for a companion that I might not feel lonely; I was given a best friend that I would feel loved.
I got nothing I asked for, But everything that I needed.

Author Unknown

Monday, June 6, 2011

Romp and Roll

We think Solly is our oldest but since this savvy sweetheart was abandoned on a highway by his deceased owner's progeny, no one really knows his age.  He has no teeth but that doesn't stop him from enjoying his food or attempting to gum a softened natural beef ear (USA only, of course) that one of his "siblings" has been chomping - and as his frustration builds if juicy bits are not loosened, he holds it down with one paw and scratches at it with his other.  We've seen him do this on his sofa on a fleece blankie or in a pile of mulch in the backyard - seems if this precious piece of slime is covered in dirt, mulch, grass and saliva it adds a unique earthy flavor.... sort a doggie version of pesto.

And rolling in that same quasi-compost combination is a favorite ritual for Solly.  He does his romp through the grass, from one side of the yard to the other, sometimes in high gear sometimes on cruise control, wiggling his back-end and jiggling his head and his ears.  He may stop suddenly and do a little downward-facing-dog yoga stretch or two and then leap off to continue his romp.  The inevitable roll follows with all four freckled little feet pointing toward the sky while his tractor-trailer long dog body does his version of Chubby Checkers' Twist.  It's always comical and he manages to cover different parts of his body, head or tail with the debris.  In this photo, Solly apparently forgot to do the tuck-and-roll and his tongue acted like a Swiffer Wet Jet with mulch adhering like glue.... But he is still the most handsome piebald we have ever seen!!!  Our Solly-Babe!

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