Four years ago today, we got this guy.


We had found him at the Everett Animal Shelter about five days earlier. We almost immediatley adopted him. He had to be neutered before he could come home with us. So we think of today — October 1st — has his anniversary date. In some ways, it’s like his birthday. They told us they thought he was about 2 years old, which would of course make him six now.

He’s changed our lives. He’s a fun, goofy, crazy little man. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that he’s one of a kind. He does the oddest things. For example, this morning before I left, I called him so I could take him outside to go to the bathroom. He did this:

Side Eye

I don’t want to go to the bathroom. You go to the bathroom.” That’s what this says to me.

He is his own man.

He’s also caused us a lot of stress. He’s a rescue, and so he came with a lot of anxiety. The impacts of trauma are huge.

I think the biggest thing, though, is that he is a wonderful mirror for my wife and I. I suspect that his expressed anxiety are more a reflection of what my wife and I are feeling at a given time. The things he can teach us.

So this is dedicated to my little guy, Buckley Sophos.

Love you, buddy.

A year ago, I had some heavier things to say.

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