Whoa, Big Buddy.
My new lens came today! So exciting. I can’t wait until I can test it on the girls outside. It’s so large, but fast and sharp. Love it.
I tested it on the chickens outside in the sun.
Isn’t my rooster hilarious looking? He crows like a dying sheep.
It works pretty good in low light indoors as well.
New lens aside, the real story of the day is today’s 365 photo.
3/365…a quick snapshot.
(Note: Ada and Spongebob are making the same face.)
Buddy just showed up on New Year’s Day. No one knows where he came from. My neighbor’s daughter was outside and he came running up to her, I think he scared her half to death. He’s a gigantic Great Dane.
My neighbor named him Buddy. He’s so sweet and docile! He’s a lap dog too. You should have seen him laying in Rosie’s lap.
The best part is, he’s afraid of cats. Terrified. Like the elephant and the mouse, I guess.
So far no one seems to be looking for this amazing dog. He’s clearly been loved by someone–he’s neutered, well mannered, knows basic commands even! But he’s also sad. He is so skinny you can count his ribs and see every bump on his spine. He’s covered in scars, and his tail is totally gone…not even a stub left to wag. His ear is damaged also, the cartilage is scarred causing the ear to be stuck straight up and flopped inward.
I have a theory that someone couldn’t afford to feed him any longer and they dropped him off. Either that or he ran off from his house a long time ago and has been wandering around out in the snow. The funny thing is you can walk him off leash and he just tags along, he’s so well trained.
My neighbor across the street has been keeping him while we look for Buddy’s owners. Our local humane society and the neighboring counties have notices that we’ve found him, and no one has looked for him at the shelters. There are posters hanging up, and an ad posted on Craigslist. I googled lost Great Dane in our area and nothing came up in local classified ads or anything. It seems like he has no owners, or they don’t want him back. Who knows. Poor Buddy.
Yesterday my neighbor left Buddy in his backyard for a few minutes. When he came back Buddy was gone! They were so worried about him, they spent several hours searching the neighborhood trying to find him again with no luck.
A few hours later I was laying in bed when I got an email response to my Craigslist posting about Buddy. Some guy said he lives on my street, and he wanted to know why I let the found Great Dane go free. Hah.
He brought Buddy back and then we all decided that he should keep the dog because his family loved Buddy and he had a privacy fence Buddy couldn’t escape from.
This afternoon I got an email from the guy saying that his oldest child was allergic and they couldn’t keep him, so Buddy came back again.
Rosie loves him! She begged and begged me to keep him forever, but we absolutely cannot afford to feed or vet this giant animal on top of our other pets. He’s so sweet though. So, so sweet and loving. He’s like the perfect dog.
He’s back at my neighbor’s house tonight, sleeping on the couch in the lap of his wife. She was so happy when I knocked on her door with Buddy standing there. They know someone who’s Great Dane recently died and she’s going to find out if they want Buddy.
What a great dog, I’ll never forget him.
Now Great Danes are on my list of dogs to own at some point in my life. Definitely.