Written by David Russell, loving owner of Gunner
I adopted Gunner from the Butte Humane Society last summer, after he was surrendered from his home of five years. I came to know him by taking him on walks, while I was volunteering there. It was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made in my short life.
I will not waste your time with the accounts we have come to expect of a loyal companion, left to find refuge in the arms of a gracious stranger. Instead, I need to express to you the enduring love he has shown all who he has rubbed noses with. The grace that Gunner has shown this human population is unparalleled.
Gunner is a Black Lab, approximately 6 years of age. Beyond that, he is as human as you or I.
I could sit here, and write how he loves to swim, hike, go for car rides, and cuddle, because he’s good at all of those things. But I think I would be discounting his truest, favorite thing in life. Gunner’s passion in life seems to be to make another person happy. For him, it is just that simple.
When I adopted him, he was missing most of his back hair, had a challenging skin condition, and his front teeth were tragic. Together, we managed those afflictions. Still, he is the one who gave me a good home.
When the end of a long-term relationship, with my once best friend was at its obvious demise, he was there for me. When she finally left, he sensed my loss, and became only closer. If anyone is ever having a rough day, he selflessly offers his loving companionship. He always gives his time, and asks for very, very little in return.
All that he ever wants is a belly rub, and the respect he deserves. If only we could all be that wise and compassionate.
Thank you to the staff of the BHS for entrusting him to me!
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