Stanley came into my life on a “whim” while visiting my father in CA for Father’s day from Boston. It only took one sign posted at a stop light advertising “bulldog puppies” and a quick trip to the breeder up the street. He was a fat little bundle with a “cold” and I flew him home with me under the seat in first class to Boston. Sadly, his “cold” turned out to be pneumonia and he nearly died within 4 days of coming home. I was devastated as it only took 4 days to fall completely in love with him. Luckily after 2 weeks in ICU and the miracle workers at Angell, he pulled through.
Over his 7 years of life, I have come to realize he is “Calamity Jane”. He got pneumonia a second time, has had emergency stomach surgery after ingesting bone shards, punctured the roof of his mouth and had a massive infection causing him to look like Quasimodo, blew out his knee and needed reconstructive surgery, and severed his front leg to the bone by flipping off the end of the bed and landing on his ceramic bowl… and well….the list is endless. And all the money spent to care for him has been worth every cent. We take it all in stride and the vet number is never far from my fingertips! Through it all, he is just a bundle of love and patience, moving through his 15 minutes of hyper-activity followed by a 2 hour luxurious nap, usually hidden behind pillows on someone’s couch!
He loves cheerios, after his pneumonia the vet recommended I keep him trim to help with his breathing and so he has always been given cheerios vs. dog treats! He loves long walks, particularly at the beach. He has yet to understand that he simply can’t swim, as he is too front heavy, so he stays on the bottom and just keeps walking under water! He loves baths but I think mostly it’s the towel after that he loves best!
Stanley is well travelled, having made the trip out to CA and back again to Boston, while most dogs had to ride in the cages of the pet transport van, when the 5 day trek ended at my front door in Boston, there was Stanley, 2 feet up on the center console, big tongue hanging out right next to the driver!
Stanley snores quietly (thankfully) so he is a great sound machine at night. And he is fondly referred to as “Helen Keller”, as he will stick his butt in the air with his front paws and head on the floor and quite simply bark at any piece of furniture that has been moved to a different location, how dare he was not consulted first before anything was moved!
He loves small dogs, and his best friend is Dexter who he can never catch but loves trying. He has given back so much and I am thankful I was the lucky one to adopt him and save his life. The world would not be the same without him in it.