After taking a few weeks off, it was such a pleasure to come back and walk a new shelter dog. Many of the dogs that I knew had been adopted in the five weeks I had been absent and it was both strange and exciting to see so many new faces. After making my usual rounds through the kennels, I came upon Horton: a handsome boy with a large head and a cute pink nose. Horton hadn't been out for a walk yet that day, so I gladly turned over his walk card and leashed him up.
Horton is a happy dog. The kind of dog that puts the tiniest of smiles on your face for the rest of the day. The kind of dog that you know enjoys your company by the way he subtly nudges your thigh with his snout on a walk; or the way he'll lick your fiinger tips as you cuddle in the grass. Utterly content with everything in the world, Horton is care-free and just glad to simply BE.
Sitting beside one another on the pier in Aquatic Park was almost soothing. His calm energy and demeanor made me feel relaxed, happy and sure that all was right with the world-- even if only for the short time that we were together.
Horton was often picking up pine cones on our walk together-- every several feet he would find a new one, leading him to drop his current one because he had found something better. Horton finally settled on one though-- the biggest of them all. A pine cone roughly the size of a football that he gladly chewed apart while he lay in the grass.
Oh Horton, you're just so sweet!
Text and photos by Sam.