Thursday, June 4, 2009


I read in a book once that Pit Bull Terriers do not play games like "fetch" - it's beneath their dignity. Apparently, Boyd didn't get that memo. I was taking him for a walk one day and getting a bit tired of him tugging on his leash, so I made a detour into the exercise yard, where he could amble around at his own pace for a while. Just because I could, I tossed our token "Kong toy of enormous size" across the yard, and Boyd was on it like a shot. Suddenly, I was his bestest buddy in the whole wide... well, playpen.

Although he's still working on the part where he brings the toy back for another throw, he'll wait patiently for "launch time". And he'll go and pick up his toy for you if he drops it. Best of all, though, is seeing a dog built like a truck leap six feet in the air to catch a ball, and hop around like a puppy with it. I'm pretty sure Boyd is the kind of bulldog that makes people love bulldogs.

Given a little time to let his fly-bitten ears heal up properly, and a little bit of good old-fashioned training, he seems like the kind of dog that people nostalgically tell their grandchildren about.

UPDATE: Boyd was euthanized June 5th. We love you, buddy. You were a good boy.


Tajana and Almir said...

You guys do such a wonderful thing and I applaud your efforts. We have adopted 3 shelter dogs sofar, and they are the best thing we got - love their personalities and how faithful they are.

Shelter Diaries said...

Our dog, Rufus, is a shelter puppy, and two of our cats were rescued. I wholeheartedly agree that they can be some of the most unique and loyal animals, and most of them never lose a small sense of gratitude that you chose them to be a part of your pack.

And I, for one, am really grateful to all of the animals as well. Without the joy, challenges, triumphs and heartbreaks that accompany each one, my life would be very different (and I think somewhat diminished) indeed.

Brenda said...

God Bless you for loving the ones that do not get to see another day. At least these babies got to experience a little joy and happiness...