Saturday, February 28, 2009
Buster, March 1, 1999
Buster is the quiet giant in our house, and his tenth birthday is tomorrow (along with the missus AND my niece.) Buster is the best dog I have ever met (Penny is totally charming and fun and sweet, but NO angel) and Buster is turning ten. I got him on my birthday when he was a puppy the size of a boot, and he grew up to be the biggest dog I have ever met. He is huge. Now he is very old, for a big dog, but the same as ever, clownish, sweet natured, walks 2 or 3 miles a day, a little arthritic, but OK.
Buster was living with our neighbors, and they were not good to him. Here's the story on that and the pottery he inspired, because it is thanks to Buster that I put the little animals on things. You see the first ever Buster pots there with him, spring 1999, and inside every cup and bowl I sold with him on the side there was a card and his story:
"Buster had no future. An orphaned black lab puppy, he was attacked by a goat and run over by a car when he was only 6 weeks old. The vet said he might never walk, and he was going to be put down. Instead, I met him and took him home. He is growing up strong and healthy. When I saw him hanging over the edge of his pen, lightening struck and "Buster Puppyware" was born, a new line of cups and bowls by Gary Rith."
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 5:58 AM