A glimpse into the future where my life has gone to the dog?

While I was in Colorado I had an opportunity to visit Vallecito Alsatians and meet Bonnie Lee, a special dog that they are dedicating to being trained as a hearing dog.  I’ve known about her for a while but I wondered how she would react to meeting me for the first time, and whether we might truly be meant to be together as man and dog.

Here’s a video of her after we interacted for about an hour.  There’s no sound but I gave a couple of commands, namely to have her lick my hand and sit, which she responded to almost immediately.  I was hoping we would connect well, but I never expected this level of affection, sweetness and attention.

I haven’t had a dog in my life in over 13 years, and even then it was never MY dog.  But I always dreamed about having one some day, particularly a wolfish looking dog, where we’d live together in a cozy cabin deep in the mountains, watching her lazily sleep in front of a warm fire, while I sit back in my easy chair and enjoy a hot cup of morning coffee.  Snow drifts to and fro outside my window, and a kind of peace settles into my home, knowing everything is right with the world.  It was only a dream, but for a moment Bonnie made it a reality, and showed me that despite the odds I faced, anything really was possible.

It’ll be a year though before I’ll know for sure, which for me is a good thing because I definitely need that time to get my life in order and start learning how to properly care for a dog and keep it healthy and happy.  God only knows I have my work cut out for me.  O_O

Bonnie Lee - American Alsatian

Sweet Bonnie Lee takes a moment to relax.

 

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12 Responses to A glimpse into the future where my life has gone to the dog?

  1. Ashli November 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

    Man. I just love dogs. What a sweet spirit!

    • Frank Swift November 1, 2013 at 1:14 AM #

      The breeder was amazed at how well she and I bonded too. It wasn’t long before she was relaxing at my feet, leaning into my legs for affection, and even heeling properly when I took her for a walk. I thought maybe that’s how she was in general, but the breeder told me the day after I left another family arrived to pick up a puppy and she barked and growled at them, so her reaction to me really was unique. I guess it was true love after all.

  2. Maeve November 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    She’s positively adorable, Frank! And it looks like she has good taste too :-)

    • Frank Swift November 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

      Isn’t she a doll? But if I’m meant to have her, I better start getting up to speed now:

      Dogs for Dummies

  3. Janis November 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

    I’m not a huge dog fan but wow, I found Bonnie Lee to be a beautiful dog! Read up & good luck!

  4. sunshinemary November 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM #

    What a beautiful dog! I hope it works out for the two of you.

  5. DarthW February 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

    Apparently, I’m not so hot at recognizing Alsatians. I honestly would have taken her for some type of German Shepherd mix. Sweet dog! I have cats right now, but was raised on dogs. Can’t wait to get one, or two, some day.

    • Frank Swift February 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM #

      The line started as a cross breed between a German Shepherd and an Alaskan Malamute, then progressed from there with the addition of three more breeds into the line over a 30+ year period. They were previously called Shepalutes, then renamed to American Alsatians. The term Alsatian was the original name for the German Shepherd to indicate their origin, although the full name was Alsatian Wolf-Dog. The name is more of a faithful attribution to the actual origins of the breed before politics of the dog world got involved.

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