I saw a bumper sticker the other day that says it all. It was a giant paw print surrounded by the words: “Who Rescued Who?”  OK, so admittedly I can be a bit of an emotional basket-case sometimes but this saying moved me to tears. These words speak everything I think and feel about my little rescue, Bosworth. But really, owners of all dogs, rescues or not, can probably relate to the sentiment. I am a total dog nut (shall we say dog FREAK?) and my life is just not complete without a dog in it. Let me digress for a minute…..

Growing up, the family dog was always my best buddy. I think the thing I loved most about my four-legged siblings was the fact that they listened to me when nobody else would, and they loved me unconditionally and with everything they had. When I was small, and learning to read, I recited bedtime stories to Molly, my Irish Setter. I would pretend to be a famous fashion photographer and dress-up my Lab, Indy, in various embarassing outfits (embarrassing for my parents as my photo shoots often took place in the front yard for all to see). I used to sneak down stairs after bedtime just to watch my Black Labrador puppy, Libby, sleep because it filled me with a warmth and comfort that made all the day’s yuckyness (is that a word?) go away. My life growing up was infinitely better for having a dog in it.

Enter Bosworth. My happy memories of childhood dog ownership are enlivened with Bosworth. He is a magical creature, the most perfect companion (my husband might fight me on this), and a hilariously entertaining soul. He loves passionately, lives fully and plays emphatically. It’s because of Bosworth that I started Tuckered Mutts. There are tons of Bosworth’s out there and they all need love and care, just as he does. Dogs deserve the best we can give them. And as someone once said so perfectly: “your dog is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”

All my dogs, Molly, Dubers, Indy, Libby and now Bosworth totally rescued me and continue to rescue me everyday. And now, I get to rescue dozens of other dogs everyday, too. I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding job.

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