I opened my computer this morning not knowing what I would write about and looked at the photo above which is my current desktop pic. Kids and dogs, kids and this dog.
I haven’t written much lately about Chester. He doesn’t currently live in Rowe with me, rather than stay in the freedom of country life he would rather be at the shop with Bill. Apparently there isn’t enough social interaction here. He just really loves Bill and always wants to go everywhere with him so . . . I pretend I’m okay with it.
Weekends are a different story. He plays a lot. Goes swimming at least once a day and when we do take out the boat he is very happy to go with us. It’s all about the games. There are tennis balls and frisbees on the boat and he knows it. He will be playing fetch for hours, not just minutes.
We had company a couple of weekends ago that he loved more than anything. An eleven year old boy who seemed to be pretty committed to the game as well. Hours upon hours of fetch – on dry land and in the lake.
Watching these two you realize how great life can be, how great it should be. They were so happy in each other’s company.
Chester seeks out children. He loves them. He is the most gentle animal and seems to be able to sense exactly what game will work with whatever age the child is. If they are scared or nervous he gently helps them to warm up to him. His goal in life is to make every kid want a dog. I have had to tell more than one parent that not all dogs are like him, he’s special. He has been this way since he came to us.
I told a friend of mine whose business is training dogs that I have never had a dog quite like him. He told me I had found my lifetime dog (he was still waiting for his). He is right. I’ve had a few dogs, there is a hierarchy in remembering them – from the best to the worst. I loved them all but wow, Chester is it, there will never be another.