Beau and Rowdy, 1.7.09
Rowdy, our Boxer-Bull Mastiff mix, is our gentle giant of a dog.
Although he is old, he truly did live up to his name in his younger days. Now, he is content to lay on the cool tile, take an afternoon nap in the sun, though his younger self does peek through at times, with his chest barreled out, his bark deep and loud, and his tale wagging.
Rowdy’s size intimidates most people on first meeting. That is, until they discover he is a big sweetheart, a teddy bear of a dog, just wanting a simple pet.
Beau has always been surrounded by dogs; to him they are just natural additions to the family. I love this picture because it shows how truly ordinary Rowdy is to Beau. I also know that Rowdy won’t be around forever so it will one day serve as a gentle reminder to Beau of his first pet.