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Guest Post: A Love Letter to Boo Radley

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I asked readers to write a love letter to their DINOS and picked a winning essay.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing all of the entries.

Here’s what Lauren wrote:

Dear Boo Radley,

Because of you and what you need to succeed, I’ve learned patience, humor, consistency, and most importantly, how to advocate for me and for you.

I know your reactivity is because you’re scared. I know we’ve had some scary run-ins in the past with off-leash dogs, and I know that people think it’s always your fault because of your big blocky head and bulgy muscles and cute little bowed legs. I’d be scared too if every time I went outside I felt that I was at a disadvantage because of how I looked. But that’s why you have me – I’m your voice, your advocate, your buddy, and your guardian.

All I ask is that you trust me when I ask you to do things like “look,” “leave it,” or “turn.” I will protect you. I’ve seen you progress so much in the last three years, and I’m so proud of the relationship we’ve built. I know that one day we’ll go for a hike and you’ll just sail past all the other dogs with your tail waggin’ and a big goofy smile on your two-tone face. You’ll make it look easy. 

So, my little DINOS, you’re a gem. A rocky, dirty little diamond of a puppy dropped off on the streets of Oakland only to come to our house, where we shined you up, snuggled you, taught you games and puzzles, and recognized you for the funny, silly, smart, energetic, and bright spirit you are. You bring so much happiness and humor into my life, and I love you very much.  You’re the best, little man.



  1. sniff…that got to me.

    February 16, 2012
  2. Kelly Andrews #

    Made me cry too! Just beautiful!!

    February 16, 2012
  3. Oh I have a pit bull too and she’s been attacked by off leash dogs but I know the stigma and I know she will always be blamed so I try to be ever aware and never set her up to fail. Because of her breed she must be better than other dogs, better trained, better behaved and so we put in the work it takes and I am rewarded by her goofy smile and her promise to keep trying. I Love my Dinos and wouldn’t trade her for the world.

    February 17, 2012
  4. Lauren #

    he is the best little pork chop of a dog. (his nickname is piggy because he snorts and snores).

    February 17, 2012

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