Today marks the day of Bain’s 4th birthday. In dog years, that makes him 32. I’d like to say that his partying days are over, but this boy will always remain a puppy at heart. Over the years, I’ve gotten used to many different reactions from the public. Some people act like Bain just stole candy from children, while others have pulled over to ask me about him. During our vet visits he always wins over the hearts of the staff. Social media has also welcomed Bain with open arms as our blog and Instagram have grown substantially over the years.
So how did Bain’s story begin? He was born in the “H” litter from breeder Bianca at Sambors Kennel in McLeod Lake, British Columbia. His original name was Hildago, which was later changed to Bain as he was named after Simpsons character McBain. After exchanging emails back and forth, I found out that little Hildalgo had a heart murmur. At the time, my landlord’s dog was living with a more severe heart murmur and explained to me that she tires easily and only has a couple of years to live. While this concerned me, I didn’t get discouraged. I knew I would have a Dogo Argentino in my life. I spent 4 years researching this breed, and while that didn’t completely prepare me for what it’s like to live with your very own lion, I was drawn to the Dogo’s heart and devotion. Bain would sleep through the entire night during puppyhood, with me only having to wake up once at 5am to let him out. He was the biggest puppy out of the litter, and today is a lean 100lbs of marshmallow.
During the last 4 years I’ve seen Bain grow into a strong, confident dog. As a puppy, he was quite shy around new people and other dogs. At 4 years old he loves making new doggie friends, but still remains aloof with certain people and I very much prefer it that way. He’s also now taken it upon himself to be in charge of the neighbourhood. According to Bain’s bylaws there are to be no parties, no loud music, and no squirrels. Should these bylaws be violated a fine of $200 in treats will need to be paid within 7 days at the time of receiving the letter, albeit poorly written. What can I say, he has a no tolerance paw-licy.
So today, I am celebrating this marshmallow’s birthday with his favorite dish – ground beef. He’s also being spoiled with bully sticks, a new toy, and some of his favorite treats. Since Bain entered my world, my outlook on life has changed. Without him, I would probably be stuck in the same rut and spinning my wheels with no where to go. Now, I’ve lost over 40lbs and working on three separate projects outside of the blog. With nagging day-to-day issues it can be difficult to live in the moment as much as he does, but it’s very important as we continue to take on the world. Dogs are unique creatures, and if we could live a little more like them I think we would be happier as a species. I’m thankful Bain has helped me reconnect with old friends, and that he was catalyst to the end of a toxic relationship. I’m thankful that he has made me become more assertive and goal-oriented. He is my dog, he is the game changer.
Happy birthday, Bain!