A Friend Indeed

Rusty and Mr. Chubbles, a friendship is borne

Rusty and Mr. Chubbles, a friendship is born

Rusty and his portable chair

Rusty and his portable chair

Man’s best friend might be dog, but who is dog’s best friend? Okay, my dog, Rusty, adores me more than any other living thing, but that’s not the same thing as being a friend. A dog needs someone he can play with when he’s bored, someone he can sit on when the floor’s cold, someone he can eviscerate when the mood strikes. For Rusty, this true friend is Mr. Chubbles.

Mr. Chubbles has the upper hand in the wrestling match

Mr. Chubbles has the upper hand in the wrestling match

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Oh oh, I sense some stuffing redistribution coming soon

Mr. Chubbles after having lots of fun with Rusty

Mr. Chubbles after having lots of fun with Rusty

Mr. Chubbles

Mr. Chubbles after surgery

This friendship of Rusty’s has taxed my sewing skills. I suppose it’s my own fault for donating an old stuffed toy to Rusty’s initial cache of loot. Mr. Chubbles was designed for children, not rambunctious dogs. He lasted, in tact, a surprisingly long time – a couple of weeks anyway. Then the first tear. I didn’t despair, I broke out my needle. Again and again and again. Over time the plastic surgery has taken its toll.

Elephant, another great friend

Elephant, another great friend

Elephant after surgery

Elephant after surgery

Chubbles (I’m not sure when the “Mr.” title appeared) used to have a face, 2 arms and a full torso. But being Rusty’s friend is a hard job. Elephant, who used to have a head, a trunk, tusks, a tail and 4 legs of approximately the same length, can attest to that.

I’m sure they love Rusty as much as I do – what’s not to love?

Friendship? Or is it love?

Friendship? Or is it love?

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About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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6 Responses to A Friend Indeed

  1. Glenn Rittenhouse says:

    Rusty is a really cute dog but some friendships just don’t last very long 😉

  2. vuchickens says:

    At least they are well loved during their short lives. 😉

  3. Hoda says:

    I love the slow transformation of Rusty’s friends… reincarnation is like that.. lol. 🙂

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