Buddy the RocknRoll dog and the benefits of doggo ownership.
My family first met buddy in fall 2016. My parents were able to give Buddy a second chance after his previous owners had thought to put him down after some serious altercations where I believe buddy may not have been such a good pooch.
He arrived in the house on high street about the same time as I was finishing a stint in the Yukon working in a hotel. To those closest to me it would be no surprise for me to describe the events leading up my arrival in the Yukon as a flailing trip down a long set of stairs that took about a year. My own bumbling idiocy and circumstance had acted as a the Scylla and the Charybdis of my twenties and sent me on a massive runaround. As I packed up my tent for the last time in Dawson city there was still work to be done licking my wounds.
Its never a good feeling to arrive back at your parents door. I have been a quite independent as an adult and it has been on rare occasions that I have had to be humble enough to ask for help from my parents. This time I hoped to record my first album and would not be able to make it work without something being given up... and so I sacrificed my independence and took a room in parents house.
This is how I met buddy and before he even knew that he was a rocknroll dog.
Buddy and I were not instantly friends. I have always had a standoffish view of pet ownership. Self righteous opinions are easy to hold without the benefit of experience and I had held firmly to the idea that pet/owner relationships were a romantic notion and no dog feel anything but dependence on its human counterpart. I stand blisteringly corrected by the passing of the last six months.
Buddy is without a doubt the best thing to happen to my mental health in years. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it feels to have something to look after and care for in my life. The routine he provides in his care helps me stay focused and keeps me active and his energy and playfulness reminds me to let go of my crusades from time to time and just explore what fun there is to be had in the world.
The greatest benefit of all must be the great friends buddy has helped me make this year. Whether it's touring bands coming through town like Bodhi Jar or Bobby Dove, Buddy the rocknroll dog might make friends easier than anything I've ever known. He is my travel companion, fellow beach bum and everywhere we go we seem to make new connections together.
While my family is away this year and next I know that I'll be hanging around my dusty ol' town and buddy will undoubtedly continue being my best friend, confidant, and the only creature ever allowed to lick me in the face.