Yes it's Duffy's 5th Birthday!! I can hardly believe he's 5 already. He and I have made a pact to stop aging at our respective ages right now--at least for 5 years. So he will stay 5 and I'll stay 60!! I think that's a fine idea!! Duffy has become the love of my life. You all can probably recall the blog posts and emails of his early years where I mentioned that he wasn't the dog that I had expected or had wanted. He was not the biddable easy collie that I had envisioned. He was stubborn, used (and still uses) passive resistance techniques, was a challenge all the time, and drove me up the wall so many times! But he is also so very smart and is incredibly intuitive. He is one of the few links to my mother that I have--we took him to the EG when he was 9 weeks old and he went right to her. And he continued to check on her and care about her right to her last day on earth.
From an unaffectionate puppy, he is now the most affectionate dog one could hope for. He's my protector, the yard's protector, and the neighbors' protector. He's a good judge of character--he usually chooses to ignore people he doesn't care for, unless he thinks they are a threat to me. He has no aggressiveness in him to other dogs--he always wants to make friends, even with the ones that are snarling and lunging! Um no--not today Duffy!! He barks like a fiend!! And to a point that's okay--especially in this neighborhood but he could quit sooner!!
|Duffy's new bed!|
|Checking it out. There's no collie on it, but that's okay. He'll be the collie on it!!! Hahaha!!|
Duffy was sent to me--of that I'm sure. Through him I've learned anew that I can deal with difficult challenges and not give up. And I've learned that sometimes we can have the most special bond in the world with the one that challenged us the most. Happy Birthday my Duffy!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I love you heart and soul forever.