I met him when he was less than a week old. I drove up every week to play with him, bond, and watch him grow. He was conceived the day I lost my first Newfoundland, Ashley. We were meant to be.
Dooley spent several years with Brigadoon, my Leonberger, as his big brother. Shortly after Brig died, at age 11, we brought Diver home, hoping to ease the loss of his companion. Dooley had a little brother for just over three years. After losing Diver suddenly, a year ago last August, we decided to give Dooley all our love and attention.
When we are home, he is always close by. He sleeps on the floor by my bedside, is the first to kiss me in the morning, takes the place of my bath mat when I'm in the shower, and is always sprawled out across the kitchen floor when I'm cooking. He is the inspiration for the name of my blog. When I come home from work, I may find him fast asleep on the couch. He chases bunnies during his numerous naps of the day, with paws twitching and legs running in Newfy dreamland. Balls of fur, or cousins, drift throughout the house, only to be captured by the Dyson Animal every few days. He doesn't see or hear very well, but manages to recognize the sound of my car as I pull in the driveway, welcoming me home with his barks. He loves baths and being brushed for hours. His soft snoring awakens me all through the night, but assures me he's close by and content. Sometimes he paces at night, can't find his way in the dark, and slips on the wood floors when he tries to get up. He has slowed down on our walks, but still has a downhill trot. He is our faithful alarm clock and persists in his mile walk to Starbucks every morning, refuses us the luxury of sleeping in on weekends, and demands a continuous supply of Newfy-hugger-duggers, tummy and ear rubs, and morning Nutter Butter cookies. He has a list of over 20 nicknames. He's a rock star about town, stopping traffic and posing for photos at least once a week. He's a gentle, loving boy, and is never aggressive with other dogs. He has complemented my life for 13 years, and I cherish every moment of these bonus years.
Happy Birthday, Newfy-Pie. We love you so much. XXXOOO