This is my Shadow’s favorite chore. He loves to follow me to the clothesline and then “guard” the clothes. He has done this since he was a young dog when we first inherited him from Jess. I’m sure I’ve told the story of how we got Shadow before but as I am getting older I forget if I have or not. If you already know it, skip this part, if not read on. 7 years ago when we first started working on the farmhouse getting it ready for us to move into, Dave and Jess already lived here on the farm. Shadow was their dog. They had got him from another lady who said he was just too much dog for her to handle. He is a rather large dog-chow and retreiver mix. Anyway, as a pup he was very energetic to say the least. They acquired him when he was under a year old. At the time we were working on the house, I estimate him to have been about 1 1/2 yrs old maybe close to 2. Jess would come over almost every day that we worked on the house. Shadow would always follow. He loved the girls. He considered himself their own private guardian. If they were outside, he was always with them. He wouldn’t let them go in the cow field or old buildings. He would stand in front of them and bark until I came to see what was going on. Remember they were only 4 and 3 at the time. By the time we were ready to move in, he had completely left Jess and Dave’s and stayed here at all the time, even when we left at night. He would just stay until we came back. We laugh and say we did not choose Shadow, Shadow chose us. Well, that says it all. We all love him and he loves us.
Today is overcast and chilly. I did hang the clothes outside but I’m not sure if they will be able to stay. They are calling for rain this afternoon. Enjoy your day and God bless.