My Life So Far – 2 – 2 – 2

By Edith Beale the Bouvier

Little devil, too.Here’s a picture of me, sitting on the front porch of my home in San Francisco. Don’t I look like a little devil?

This picture was taken on Dec. 4. I had just gotten a little red name tag, shaped like a heart. And, I’ll have you know, there’s an American flag engraved on the back side of the tag. In the spirit of the times, I’m one patriotic pup!

Call me determined.They took this picture on Jan. 23, 2002. I love the square-jawed, determined look. I was just about ready to have my last set of puppy shots. I’ve had some growth spurts. I put on 10 lbs. during December and another 10 lbs. in January. By the first week in February I weighed 35 lbs.

Nowadays I am a regular visitor to Mountain Lake Park, less than a block away from where I live in the Richmond District in the western part of San Francisco. I also take walks in The Presidio, the old military post that the National Park Service took over. It’s a great place to walk, but I have to be on a leash. That’s not fun, especially for a determined young Bouvier like me.

I also like to go to Alta Plaza, a park in Pacific Heights. There are two other Bouviers that I see there along with some other great dogs to run with.

I love to romp and wrestle with dogs, big or small, young or old. I delight in chasing balls, but especially I love to chase a dog who is chasing a ball. Then, when the dog brings back the ball, I try to swipe it and do a victory lap around the befuddled dog and its companion.

My kindergarten diploma.If you meet me, you can call me Edith or Edie. Bring a treat or two. Ol’ what’s-his-name, who walks with me every morning, always has a pocket full of treats to encourage good deportment.

Speaking of that, I haven’t just been sitting around eatin’ bon-bons and writing doggerel. I’m a kindergarten graduate from the Perfect Paws school. I sit and look both ways before crossing streets. I have a long way to go and much to learn, but I’ve made a good start.

Meet my buddy, Buddy, and find out how I’m driving the kids downstairs nuts as my life continues on the next page.


Please visit Edith’s Web page again to find out what she has been up to, meet her friends, see where she has been walking and places she’s visited. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Ol’ What’s-his-name. He will probably answer you. He’s got too much time on his hands.

Want to find out more about Bouviers? Read this tongue-in-cheek article, written by a breeder, who says you probably shouldn’t have one.