Loss of a Best Friend!!!
On Friday, October 26, 2012, just a little under two weeks now, I lost my best friend, a loyal companion, a true confident and protector of 9 years. He gave me unconditional love no matter what!
At first I wanted nothing to do with this dog, because I had a 4 year old at home and had heard a lot of bad things about this breed! I was really apprehensive, I really did not want a big dog with having a child at home. This was my ex-husbands answer to me wanting another child, he was not ready for another one and always wanted a Rottie.
Just as a side note, this is also how I got my first dog. I was ready for kids and he was not, so went to the shelter and got a mix breed. She was a Husky, Collie, Retriever mix. She looked like a fox, so beautiful! Her and Bear were best friends! I lost her a year ago, this month. She was 16.
I told my ex, if he shows any kind of aggression he was gone!!! I hired an unbelievable awesome trainer and animal behaviorist. Needless to say I was the one that invested all of my time training and walking him, my ex only went to one or two classes, so much for wanting a Rottie for him.
Bear quickly won me over! I always felt safe when my son and I were at home alone or went out together! I remember one night, my ex came home really late, and all of a sudden I felt Bear move quickly on the bed, he straddled me and began to growl and bark like crazy. He would not get off me, and he was scaring the s**t out of me.
My ex began to come up the stairs to our bedroom, and Bear got even meaner sounding and would not let the ex near the room. The ex had to tell him several times who he was. I was scared at first but then realized that he would never let anyone hurt me or my child.
I also have a medical condition that confines me to bed, sometimes for days at a time. He never left my side except to eat and relieve himself, he would lie next to me as still as he could. He was by me through thick and thin! I really Love and miss my "bubba fat head" (just another nickname for him) and will always love and have him in my heart!
I don't think I will ever find another pet like him ever again!! He opened my eyes, it is not the dog's fault for the bad reputation this breed has, it is the owner's. Patience, time, exercise and love makes all the difference, I always got compliments for how well he behaved.
I will never be the same and no other pet will ever compare to my Bear!!!