Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Bruno Chronicles - The Many Lives of Bruno

Guest Blogger: Bruno
As many of you know two years ago Jacquie and Steve adopted me in Kansas City.  I was a kennel dog.  I didn't know much about country life, but I trusted these two and learned to swim and hunt and how to chase deer.  Little did I know that I had more learning to do.
Helloooooooooo Chicago!  After a LONG ride in a cramped car I arrived in the windy city, a concrete jungle filled with sidewalks, bridges, more sidewalks, cars, smoky loud trains and dogs...lots of dogs and people....so many people.
I brought a few friends with me to make sure that my new home felt familiar.  At first I needed those friends to feel at home.  I had a lot to learn and not much time to learn it.  At first I stuck pretty close to my mom and was a little nervous.
Let me tell you it's quite a change.  I've had my first elevator ride, gotten to know and love the doormen, learned to cross streets and poop where and when the time is right.  I am bound and determined to meet, greet and politely slobber on each and every Chicago resident.  I've already gone swimming in Lake Michigan and every day I play fetch in my local dog park.  Sometimes I have to share my ball.
The balcony is one of my favorite places.  I can feel the wind, enjoy the outdoors, and look out on this beautiful city.  I'm out and about in the city all the time.  I even saw the Chicago marathon. (I wanted to run too!)
I got some new duds too.  I have a leash and a good supply of poop bags.  No more hiding poop in the woods.  It goes in these bags and we keep the city clean!
Got a new houndstooth collar too...pretty uptown don't you think?  City guys are well dressed and classy.  That's me!
I've learned that as long as I stay with my family, I can live anywhere and be happy.  Thanks to everyone who has been asking about me.  I'm good and learning to be a city boy!

43 comments:

carol said...

Enjoy the city, Bruno! Looks like you're adapting quite well already!

Bridget said...

There's just something about a Labby face that makes me want to smooch that muzzle!

I'm glad Bruno is making the transition. Our Ms. Pearl is so finicky I don't know if she would do as well as Bruno is doing!

PS-Love the black and white photography.

connie said...

Thanks for the smile today!!! Bruno is a beautiful boy. There is something about that shiny black coat I just love, I grew up with a Black Lab named Mickey. :-) I am sure Bruno will continue to do well with the love and support you give him! He is a lucky boy!

Melissa said...

I enjoyed your guest blogger today:) I am glad he is getting settled into his new routine and habitat. Have a great weekend:)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Such a great post - well done, Bruno, you're a natural at this blogging lark! Enjoy your new home!

QuiltSwissy said...

Sweet boy. I am always teling people how resilliant dogs are as long as they love the poeple they are with!
glen: Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Smelly Bassets!

Debbie said...

That's a great post, Bruno. I'm glad to read that you are adjusting nicely. Love the stylish new collar. Very uptown!

Ethne said...

Bruno - so glad to here you've settled in so well - we've just adopted a new addition to our family - Mac's, we've had very little info on him but he's starting to settle in well and desperately needs lots of TLC, and patience while he learns to trust us and the lead

Jackie said...

Bruno, you are quite the well adjusted dog! You certainly have done more than quite a few people do too. Plus you are handsome to boot!

Fabric Fanatic said...

Jacquie when I transplanted Maya from
the beach in Mexico, to the woods and mountains of NC, and finally to an apartment in Sacramento she too had lots of adjusting to do...as did I.
Your beautiful dog looks like she has adjusted well. Maya does well anywhere I am....
ps. Your daddy is making me a quilt ladder too! He's a gem.

True Blue Nana said...

A friend of mines son and his wife have recently moved from NC to Chicago. They have a Great Dane puppy. They love the city and he told his mother that walking the dog was a great way to meet people. I am sure everyone that sees Bruno stops to speak to him.

Deere Driver said...

Adorable!

BaileyGirl5 said...

I'm so glad Bruno is adapting well to city life. I bet he is loving the hustle and bustle and all the new city smells. I'm so glad he's learning to blog too!

CitricSugar said...

Great post, Jacquie. I mean, Bruno. :-)

Amy said...

Glad to know Bruno is adjusting to city life so well. We just adopted a 4-yr old yellow Lab 3 wks ago and he is a great dog too!

Dani said...

That may be one of the sweetest and cutest blog posts I have ever read. Even my husband was swooning at how sweet you are Bruno. You are making me want to have another lab in the family!

Mary Keasler said...

Dear Bruno, I am in tears reading your thoughts. You are an incredible person and your family is so lucky to have you. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. I am sending huge hugs to you and yours.

EG said...

What a sweet face!

Tamara said...

hope your owners know how lucky they are to have you bruno! your a pretty cool cat... i mean dog!

Page said...

Aww so sweet. Love the collar. Very classy!

Kristin said...

Bruno, I think your mom needs to make you a houndstooth-inspired blanket or pillow for snuggling. Those Chicago winters are brutal.

**nicke... said...

dear bruno, i want to rub your ears. you are so cute! so glad that you are having fun in chicago and i hope you get to run in the marathon next year.

FryeStyle said...

He's probably saying..."wow, look at the view"! He looks happy! What a great dog! (I grew up with a black lab.)

Ann Marie said...

What a wonderful story. We have 4 labs, don't know what or how we would do moving to a big city without a huge backyard for them to play and run in. It is 4am, and I just spent 20 minutes trying to get them back inside before they knocked the possum off the top of the fence. Whew,,,,,,

Linda said...

Dear Bruno, make sure you get your nose prints all over those nice windows, just like I do at my house. Have fun in Chicago, it's an awesome city! Love, Nemo (Linda's black Lab)

Elsa said...

Bruno,
you are so beautiful and handsome and I'm happy to know that you're doing well in your new home. We made a big trip from California to Portland, Oregon. It was cramped too, but we really like our new home, it has lots of windows too!
from your kitty friends,
Louie, Ernie and Isy

Julie said...

Thank you Bruno for making me remember my dog Maggie. And thanks Jackie too.

MightyMom said...

Good Dog Bruno!

I'm sending a big back scratch your way!

Sharon said...

Awwwwww. He is a sweet boy!

Stephanie D. said...

Good boy, Bruno! You let those city folks know just how friendly country dogs can be. Sending you a long tummy rub!

VickiT said...

Awwwwww too cute. Glad he's fitting in so well.

suesueb said...

So happy for you Bruno! I'm sure you embody the saying "Home is where the heart is" perfectly!!

fibracreativa said...

How amazing, I feel we have in common a taste for modern quilting and traveling black labs! We adopted Drac, our black lab, from a Rescue in California, moved to Spain a few month later, spending a month in France on the way. Drac hated the long connecting flights, but adapted very well to life here, particularly swimming in the Mediterrean. He is such a good quilting companion, taking a nap on an old log cabin (my first quilt) next to my sewing station! At times he must be thinking that we move and travel too much for his taste, but as you well say , as long as he can come along with us, he is certainly happy.
Cheers,
Fran

Briarside Lane said...

Dogs are great! Our Winston was a rescue... has had some issues but is getting better with visitors to our home.

What a sweet post... dogs are great!

...Karen

lundo said...

Thanks, Bruno, for guest posting. I was wondering how you were adjusting. Home is were your loved ones are. Right?!

Mama Spark said...

It's good to see Bruno (and his mama) are adjusting to city life!!

Doris said...

You classy boy, you...

Sarah said...

If Bruno ever needs a romp in the northern suburbs, just get in touch!

Sarah

Gina said...

Wow Bruno you've made quite the move and you have a fantastic attitude! Enjoy Chicago with your family!

ScrappyStuff said...

just checking in on you dear friend! ... and so good to see Bruno is adjusting! ... I hope he is able to "find" his fair share of ice ;0)
((HUGS))

Mary said...

Awwww..... thanks for the wonderful update! He's such a handsome pup. I have two labs myself and they really are happy wherever they are as long as they are with their family. So glad he is well and getting settled in. :-)

Greta said...

So glad Bruno is happy. I love this post. Thanks for the fine pics of puppy love. Such a fine, handsome face.

Cathleen at Quilt My Phone said...

I really miss living in downtown Chicago and this post really rubbed it in! Glad Bruno is adapting!

Cathleen Savage
http://www.quiltmyphone.com