A New Companion

Firstly, I should like to thank all those who either ticked Like and/or commented on my blog about putting Lotte to sleep.  Your kind thoughts, words and hugs are very much appreciated. Now..

As you can imagine I have been looking for another dog, not to replace Lotte but because my family think I should get another companion.  So I have been looking for a dog to re-home  through various organisations and then this email landed in my in-box:


“This is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord…He’s huge – part Boxer
and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture.
Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he’s slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn’t stop, but he did.
Brutus was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by
insurgents.  Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant ‘go away but come back and find me’.
The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an
old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He’s the first K9 to receive this honor.

If he knows you’re ok, he’s a big old lug and wants to sit
in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats..
K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner”

I think he is slightly too big for me.  I would have to buy a bigger property, a bigger car, larger couch and dog bed, change my friends and take him for walks about 6 times a day.  So I guess I shall just have to keep looking.

By the way he really is a big softie,  These instructions were included in the email:

Instructions for properly hugging a baby with Brutus

First, uh, find a baby.


Second, be sure that the object you found
was indeed a baby, by employing classic sniffing


Next, you will need to flatten the baby before
actually beginning the hugging process.


The ‘paw slide’= Simply slide paws around baby
and prepare for possible close-up.


Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute
the difficult and patented ‘hug, smile, and lean’ so
as to achieve the best photo quality.


Back to the drawing board for another companion for me.  But isn’t he a big soft lovable dog?

Note – as the pictures are circulating around the internet I have assumed they are available to be used in a non-commercial blog post.  If this is not the case I apologise to the owners of the copyrights.


30 responses to “A New Companion

  1. Aw, what a lovely story but perhaps a dog half or one quarter that size would work better for you. Heh heh. I once owned a boxer who had been trained as an attack dog. We rescued her from a puppy mill and she lived out her life with us. The most special of dogs, she was. I’m thinking Lotte has already picked out someone for you and will soon be sending her choice your way!


    • Thanks Joss – I sure hope that Lotte has chosen a new companion for me. She will know exactly what I need. As for an attack dog – my grandsons used to describe Lotte as my attack dog. Heh heh.


  2. We have a new dog “neighbor” and I hope he’s as nice as Brutus! It took us a year to find our little companion and I’m so glad we waited. He is just right for us. You’ll know yours when you see him/her, of course, no matter how long it takes.


  3. I have a boxer/pit-bull mix, a rescue dog, who is a wonderful companion. She is only about 50 pounds, though! I can’t imagine the food bill!


  4. He is a big dog and has quite a story to tell! Just adore the pictures with the very tolerant and adorable little guy.


  5. When I had to say good-bye to Dolly after 19 years I thought I would wait a while before I got another cat. I lasted 1 week…then went to a shelter and came home with Teddy. Can’t imagine a dog as big as Brutus. I would have to get another job to pay for his food!


    • And Teddy has been your constant companion since. It’s not that we forget or try to replace our departed friend, but we move on taking another pet into our homes and our lives. I think I should have to mortgage the house to pay for Brutus’ food.


  6. My daughter breeds and sells mastiffs, which are just slightly smaller (80 to 120 pounds). Honestly, it’s not as much of a problem as you would think. My beagle is harder to move when he doesn’t want to obey. You would probably due much better than you think, especially since as a more mature dog he wouldn’t have the puppy bounciness that needs tons of exercise.



    • Hi Nancy – I think a Lotte size dog is just right for me – 4.3 kgs. I have visted the shelter but they have only large dogs at present. I shall keep looking.


  7. winsomebella

    The baby’s parents were very brave to let that big bundle of energy get hands-on with their child. I am a big dog lover and a lover of big dogs too. But mixing dog and a small child can lead to unpleasant surprises when the dog gets excited and “plays” like he would have done with his litter mates. Very cute pictures though and I think you are right to continue your search, Judith 🙂


    • Hi Stacia -My first reaction to this big dog and tiny baby was one of horror. We regularly hear of pet dogs attacking children. Recently one child required multiple stitches to his face when the family dog mauled him. A very big surprise. I have crossed Brutus of the list of possibles.


  8. I have been rather busy and missed your post about Lotte. Sorry to hear of your loss. May you find another friend who needs a loving home!!


  9. That’s a B~I~G dog. We had Great Danes growing up. They ate 1 pound of meat every day . . . plus kibble . . . plus Milk Bone biscuits . . . plus dog bones.

    Something smaller, perhaps. 😉


  10. Brutus looks gorgeous – but yes, you need a smaller furry friend. I’m sure the right one will turn up if you are patient, and it will be another wonderful relationship. No dog could replace Lotte, but our pets are like our children, every one is different.


    • I just couldn’t begin to keep up with that very large dog. A small Lotte-size dog will suit me just fine. I know that no dog could replace Lotte but I do know there are many dogs needing a home. The right one will turn up for me I have no doubt. 🙂


  11. I Love this dog but the bit about “tore out the throat” scamered the s..t out of me. Best as you say to stick with a small dog small teeth. XX


    • Tearing out of throats just doesn’t do it for me either. Going to see a dog that needs a new home on Wednesday – a 3year old black female poodle. So perhaps this is the one. XX


  12. I meant scarred


  13. I hope you find a new dog soon. 🙂
    When Rabbitt went I was gutted and said I’d never replace him, but then I realised how much of a hole he’d left behind and got Alice to help fill it. I’m sure I’ll feel just as bad when Alice finally goes too, but I wouln’t miss the fun I’ve had while they’re here for anything.


  14. First of all, I am so sorry to hear about Lotte. 😦 ~Hugs~ and I wish you luck in finding a new companion. Brutus seems like a great dog and I love that he communicates with sign language. My older brother is deaf and he had a deaf dog that responded to signs but he passed away a couple years ago and my brother was heartbroken about it.
    I know you can never replace Lotte in your heart but I know it’s good to have a new companion to keep you company and share your love! 🙂
    The pictures of the baby and the big dog are ADORABLE! 🙂


  15. Everything about you and your blog is inspiring, so I have chosen to gift you with the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”! 🙂


  16. That is a great story about a great dog. You would have to get a saddle and ride him, Judith!


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