When I am on the sofa sitting in front of the fireplace reading or just watching the birds, he is there.
Forget privacy while taking a shower, he is in the bathroom waiting for me to get dressed. In the mornings when we walk, after about twenty minutes he is ready to come home, but I have to walk him to the house, tell him I am ok, and then he stays. Sometimes when I am cold and tired, I lay in the floor with him and he is like a big teddy bear! Some how through the years, he decided it was his job to watch over me, so he does.
When we have company he positions himself between me and our guests, making sure they know he is there......how can you miss him, he weights 97 pounds, is half chow and half lab and truly looks like a black bear!!!! oh yes, his tongue is spotted. Never in my life will I understand how someone could not want this dog.......he was abandoned, like three of our other dogs.
He is smart, and clever and loving and loyal, he is all you could ever want in a pet, or a friend.
He knows when I have a bad day, he knows when I am not well.....it is clear to me, if need be, he would give his life for me.
He is snoring now, quite loudly, his breath is labored, he is old. But the moment I close this computer and leave the office, he will wake up and go with me. He is my shadow, even when there is no sun. I write about him often, he and Charlie, but they amaze me, there are many humans who could learn from these sweet caring animals..........they are pets, friends and family members, we are so lucky they decided to keep us.