|A 'big' 6 months old|
This was the first photograph of Bugg I ever used in an article that I had published and at that moment, a star was born. Bugg is loved all around the world by a good amount of folks. No, Bugg and I's journey in publishing articles did not start out as, here is an accomplished writer, whom has raised her family and is ready to move on and upward for herself, not to mention her sidekick, the well trained Hollywood dog.
No it was a moderately trained puppy and a woman that told herself, please do something girl, your kids are grown, your mama just passed a year ago, your Boo passed away six days after Mama (May 2009) and your Max passed away a year later, (in May 2010) and you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself. No, it was a, grab yourself up from the boot straps girl, get it together, dammit, kind of thing.
I was informed by a friend about a serious writing site, as I have always been a writer (of sorts) and an avid reader, why not, give it a try. Oh my gosh I was 'just' awful and yet some very kind accomplished writers on the site would encourage me on, offer me help and oh boy, did I take advantage of all the free education (on how to write) they were willing to bestow on me for over two years. Do not get me wrong, I still have a ways away from being an half way decent writer, no doubt.
|Bugg at 10 months old|
Something was missing though and that would be photographs, I had no camera at the time, until my angel and good friend Jake sent me his camera in the mail. He is now my son-in-law.
That was when I started to photograph the best subject around my home, Bugg. This only expanded my artistic nature I was blessed to be born with and Bugg brought this out in me more than anyone or anything around could.
As I am now writing on my own blog and not the writing site that have learned to love Bugg over the years, I thought I would share a story of 'my' never ending doggie, so you are able to see, what so many others have had the honor to witness first hand as he grew into the three year old dog he is today.
Photo: He loves to kiss, is it always for the best, well no but, it makes him so happy, happy, happy.
Cottonton OR Bust!
Max had lost his best friend Boo around six months before Dan and I drove to Cottonton Alabama to retrieve one of the puppies we saw listed on craigslist. I didn't know which puppy I was going to get out of the liter, I just knew in my heart that I was going to find the perfect puppy when we arrived. As usual, my heart did 'not' prove me wrong because, in the corner of these kind people's living room there sat the most gorgeous puppy I have ever seen, I mean picture perfect.
|The biggest bed, at 7 months old|
Max had been blind for around a year at this point in time. Max was a insulin using diabetic for the last five years of his life. So I also had taken that into consideration, that maybe since he is not able to see the little guy, he might be a bit defensive towards him.
We did as our veterinarian recommended and one day when my brother and I were carrying Max outside to use the bathroom.
Max started to go into a diabetic coma, I knew the minute I had looked into his eyes he was going into a diabetic coma. Sadly, I do know what those eyes do look like.
That look in Mama's eyes will never be erased from my memory, sadly.
Bugg was so worried about his friend, the old man he looked up to, Bugg would go check in on Max every thirty minutes or so, not get in his face, as Max laid on Dan and I's bed.
Bugg would just go to the door, stare at Max just to see if his buddy was okay. Yes a few snaps (no touching of Bugg though) thrown his way, as he neared Max. I then started to notice Bugg wanted to come into the room more and more. It then dawned on me that Bugg might want to say goodbye to Max.
I coaxed Bugg in the room, he was not afraid, Bugg was just respecting Max's space, he just didn't want to hurt the big guy he loved so much After the first visit in the room, Bugg would come in and out, lay down for awhile but always keeping his distance.
|Bugg laid that pine cone down just as gently as he did with his favorite rock|
|Bugg taking care of his baby|
The mere fact a yellow labrador retriever has what the experts call a 'soft mouth' and Sweet Tee being part pitbull, added a huge tool in teaching Sweet Tee 'not' to bite down hard.
|Do right 'young man'|
Bugg has had to be a bit stern with Sweet Tee, yes he has but, I allow it as I know Bugg is just trying to get the stubborn dog to do right, just as Max did for him.
Without Bugg putting Sweet Tee in his place, I know that this rescue animal that we sought out would not adapt very well to a pack, since Sweet Tee was abandoned by folks that were operating a puppy mill.
They left him, brothers, sisters and mother in cages without food and water, not to even mention...
The mother was in one cage and the puppies were in another. Sweet Tee had little bite marks (from the other puppies) all over his body, he was timid and very frightened, we picked him up.
Bugg to the Rescue!
There is no doubt in my mind that if not for Bugg, we would not have our very 'Sweet' Tee. Sweet Tee would second that, I have no doubt. This is how Bugg is, he is just a big'ol fuzzy well, yellow lab, what can I say, he is just a nice guy, bar none!
Not only is he as sweet as a hot buttered honey cornbread muffin, he is also gorgeous. If a photograph of Bugg looks bad, then it is my fault. He can 'not' take a bad photograph, what a photographers dream he is, just the right shades no matter what light he is in, he would be a supermodel, if he was a human being, just saying.
One day Dan had taken Bugg and Sweet Tee out back, so as to do their business when all of a sudden, both of them came running up to Dan, with a rabbit in their mouths. One had one end, the other had the other end.
Dan yelled (Yes he is going to kill me for saying so) at the dogs "Get away!", I heard as I was heading towards the back door and there Bugg was with a red face, it grossed me out so bad that I would not allow him in my bedroom that night.
It hurt his feelings so bad but, in my defense, I was right in the middle of a bout of the flu.
This is the only reason why I think he didn't want anything to do with those bunny ears, there is no other explanation. I mean he loves to play dress up for the camera. Well maybe he learned the lesson he was taught by Max, passed down to Sweet Tee, that is, if you do bad, we ignore you.
Though I do have to admit, I was a bit hysterical at the time of the rabbit cease, I had the flu, sorry Bugg.
He looks so unhappy. Though he has not brought another rabbit to my door since then.
Really 'he' Does...
Bug loves to be hugged, I mean a wrap both arms around his belly and just give a big squeeze kind of hug.
Now, Bugg will be doing all he can to get his mouth to your face, as to give ya a big fat wet kiss, as you hug him but, it is worth it.
Bugg will not push me when my muscles are in a bad place, he will hunker down for me. Bugg will lay close to my legs, as to provide heat for my aching muscles. When I am up and not able to sleep, Bugg is also up.
Bugg carried his yellow snail around in his mouth for a year, until the washing of his toy finally destroyed it.
That Bugg's wishes come true, well as long as they do not involve a dead rabbit that is. The joy Bugg has brought to our family will never be able to be measured, he is just that important to us and especially to me. I will be celebrating this day, as this is the day one of my best friends was born.
When you take a look at your family pet, do Bugg and I a favor, look into yourself and ask yourself, am I being a good friend, I mean, they deserve it for all they give to us, for very little in return.
Well folks, this is Bugg, he is three years old today, if not for him I don't think I would of had the moxie to put pen to paper and start writing articles and oh, how sad my life would be right now.
I am off for now, as I do have to prepare Bugg's and Sweet Tee's dinners and they are having something special tonight so off to work I go. I must go folks, as we all know...
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All photographs are the property of Denise O. Do not use unless you get 'my' written permission. All written material is owned by Denise O, it will not be 'used' (sharing my article is different, it is acceptable and appreciated) without 'my' written permission. Just keeping it real folks.:)