I took a look at the first quarter of the rest of Dudley's life, and some of his characteristics, and let him offer a few comments in response. (Dudley is a rescue dog. See Love at First Click for background) I hope you enjoy.
Athletic ability: Dudley is not much of an athlete. He loves to swim just enough to get wet. He likes to run but he doesn't do it very often. He is more of a marathon sleeper!
- Dudley: she takes me for long walks every day. She's able to keep up with me pretty well but sometimes I have to really yank that rope to make her hurry along, like when there is a RABBIT across the street.
- Dudley: everything is black and white to me. I can see her and I like it when she looks in my eyes in that special way.
- Dudley: there are definitely not enough rabbits in the neighborhood. She's pretty good about wanting to share these experiences but that rope keeps me from meeting my goals. Just when I get close, she reins me in. But every now and then one of the frogs gets out of the big water bowl in the back yard and I chase it until it jumps back in.
- Dudley: boy am I one lucky dude. My first three years were not so great. No fancy chow, no regular Milk Bones and nobody who loved me like this. I used to worry about when I was going to be given away again; I haven't thought about that in a while.
- Dudley: the Kind One never sleeps but she sure does like to sit in that chair with the lighted board in front of her. Some mornings I am ready for our walk long before she is and the waiting is intolerable. This must be how humans relax because she does an awful lot of it. My favorite time is when she scratches my belly. Belly rubs are the best way to relax!
- Dudley: it's my job to make sure the house is safe and She is not in any danger. Sometimes it just feels good to let out a big bark, and another and another. But nobody is going to take Her away from me.
- Dudley: when She says "want to go for a ride in the car?" of course I act enthusiastic. She sounds so happy about it and, after all, sometimes it means treats and always means spending more time with Her.
|Hunting for chipmunks in the wood pile|
- Dudley: She doesn't understand that this sitting at the curb business means wasted time that could be used in chasing rabbits. But it makes her happy and if I don't do it she won't cross the street. Not smart if you ask me, but she gets along ok.
Already into our second quarter, Dudley and I make a pretty good team and I feel blessed with dividends. He's good company and just the best sort of chocolate friend anyone could ask for.