Diaries Magazine

A Girl and Her Dog

By Gabrielscala

It took me and Buford a little while to fall in love with each other. No doubt – the dog was adorable from the get go. But he was also (and remains) the most stubborn animal I had ever encountered. No joke. Two years ago I wrote an essay about how we had decided to give up Buford. Not because we didn’t love him. It was because we simply couldn’t afford to continue replacing broken doors, torn screens and shattered windows. The dog would just not be contained.

We did, in fact, give Buford up. A family member graciously agreed to take him on. And we moved on.

Or so we thought.

Last year, after buying our dream home in the country, we realized that Buford would likely be happier here than he had been in our home in the burbs. That family member who had taken Buford was, surprise, surprise!, happy to hand him back over to us. And I can’t explain what has happened in that intervening time – but Buford has become one of the great loves of my life. It’s true that he’s settled down (quite a bit) as he’s aged. But he’s still just as stubborn as a mule. He still insists that he be allowed to go where he wants, when he wants. And he still pretty much rules the roost. And maybe the fact that I spend more time at home now that I’m not teaching has something to do with it. Whatever it is, I’ve fallen in love with him in a way that I did not think possible two years ago.

A Girl and Her Dog

And that’s had me thinking about writers and their dogs. In a profession that requires an enormous amount of time spent in isolation, a dog just makes us feel connected to something, to someone. A dog keeps us from disappearing too completely into our own heads and forces us to join the world again. Buford may be, in the end, the only salvation I have from myself.

****

Check out photographer Jill Krementz’s collection of photos of authors with their dogs.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Dog Games

    Games

    It’s important to have games to play with your dog, especially if there’s bad weather outside and you can’t exercise them.  This game is great for dogs big and... Read more

    By  Dogercise
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, HOME, PETS
  • Tips on Finding a Dog Trainer

    Tips Finding Trainer

    It’s hard to find time for dog training and exercise even though it should be a part of our everyday routine. Families are often pulled apart because of the... Read more

    By  Dogercise
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, HOME, PETS
  • An Act of Dog

    During one of my routine perusals of Facebook, I came across a picture. Of course the picture is of an animal. I am certain that does not surprise anyone who... Read more

    By  Immydog
    HOME, PETS
  • Girl Power…

    Girl Power…

    I sometimes wonder what the Universe is up to with me.I am not really surprised by the random stuff thrown at me on a day to day basis.But I wonder fairly... Read more

    By  Redneckprincess
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • The World's Biggest Dog

    World's Biggest

    George, a Great Dane, is the biggest dog in the world. He stands nearly 4ft high at the shoulder, 7ft long and weighing nearly 18 stone (114 kilo).The Presurfer Read more

    By  Gerard
    HOME, HUMOR, PETS, RANDOM
  • A Stunning Amy Poses for Her Album Cover for Back to Black In...

    Stunning Poses Album Cover Back Black In...

    Photo A stunning Amy Poses for her album cover for Back to Black in 2007, before the world could see the vulnerable soul that lay beneath the beautiful surface... Read more

    By  Lauramoodley
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Gossip Girl at Vogue A Mysterious Entity Who Rides the Vogue...

    Gossip Girl Vogue Mysterious Entity Rides Vogue...

    Photo Gossip Girl at Vogue A mysterious entity who rides the Vogue elivator in Newyork, is taking Twitter by storm when he or she tweets some of the things bein... Read more

    By  Lauramoodley
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION