(companion of Adrienne of auclairdelalune)
Bobo (to the best of our estimates a black lab mix) started out as a Christmas gift puppy that someone couldn't keep. He was given to a neighbor who was a horse groomer at my husband's work, and was brought to the barn to be a farm dog. He would stay in the office all day with people and would go back to his stall at night. My husband's heart would break every afternoon looking at his sad eyes, so he finally brought him home. Like my kids say, he didn't want to be a working dog (even though there are very happy dogs living with the horses); he wanted to be a family dog, and now he's kind of the fourth child. He came already named, and we guess that he's about six years old (we count his birthday as "Christmas-time," around the time he was brought to the barn). He's lived with us since he was about 7 or 8 months old.
Bobo recently had his first-ever vacation, and had a fabulous time. We drove to Nashville to visit Uncle Georges and Aunt Bettie and their beautiful dog Satchel. Bobo and Satchel had a terrific time together (Bobo's first doggie sleepover!), and then the next stop was St. Louis to visit Mimi and her two cats. It took a week for Lily the cat to welcome Bobo (Elwood the cat never really got there), but Bobo (a lover of cats) was beautifully behaved the whole week in St. Louis. He especially loved hiking and swimming in Castlewood State Park on the Meramec River. The next leg of Bobo's journey was to show his health certificate at the border and cross into Ontario to visit friends and their dog Mac. Bobo spent a blissful dog week in Huntsville, ON-- leash free, swimming in the lake whenever he wanted, and playing with the kids and Mac. His retriever instincts were definitely in form as he swam circles around the lake, bringing back stick after stick! Good thing he had recently lost about 20lbs (that's what happens when the eleven year-old who walks you takes up long distance running!) and is in top shape at a slim & trim 85 lbs. What could be better for a Florida dog than a chance to swim in freshwater with no alligators or amoebas to worry about? He was a real trooper for the long drive back to Florida and is now back at home getting ready to miss the kids once school starts.