A Dog’s Life
A boy and his dog are the best of friends.
Brady is our 10-year-old golden retriever, and we rescued him eight years ago. He has since become a big part of our family. After my son, Benjamin, was born in November 2016, my husband, Josh, and I were unsure about how Brady would react. At first, the old dog kept his distance, but he eventually became fond of baby Ben, sleeping in his room, laying next to him on the floor and sneaking a few of his snacks. They are now great pals. Even at his advanced age, Brady still runs and plays with the speed and enthusiasm of a puppy. He loves a good scratch and tries his hardest to get plenty of them. While he prefers being the only dog on our farm, he accepts the occasional visit from his human uncle’s dog, Jasper. Brady’s pretty humble with our two house cats, but he always chases the three barn kitties; they race up into the hayloft to seek shelter whenever he bounds after them. During the spring, Brady helps to herd the cows through the backyard hayfields into the pasture where they are free to roam. Every now and then, Brady will spot the neighbor’s yearling cows while they enjoy a snack from our field, and he herds them back to their home through the woodline. When he’s not patrolling the land, Brady is with Benjamin. They both love being farm boys, and we are proud of them. We are certain that the duo will be palling around on our farm for many happy years.
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