There’s nothing more special than a boy and his puppy, and the same can be said for a man and his dog. It’s two hearts in sync, in total and complete understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of one another that makes the perfect partnership. For over thirteen years, Snoop Dog living past his turning a “teenager,” brought joy to his dad, Barry Ivins.
No training or discipline was required, as Barry remembered. It was almost like there was an instant unspoken line of communication between them. Barry would enjoy running, and Snoop Dog was ready at a moment’s notice to go running with him. They were best buds from the get-go. Whatever Snoop Dog did, Barry found worthy of approval, even if it meant laughing it off when Barry discovered Snoop fast asleep in a basket of freshly done laundry. Snoop was, after all, a snoop! But after a hard day of snooping, sometimes you just have to catch a few winks of sleep, wherever it feels comfortable and secure.
Halloween brought the opportunity to attend and throw costume parties. One year, Barry was the famous Captain Morgan, and Snoop had a matching pirate’s costume. One man, one dog, one awesome dynamic duo. The expression on Snoop’s face matched Barry’s; we mean business and we are ready to defend our turf!
When you have the companion of a lifetime, the bond is unbreakable. In life as in death, the memories of the love between canine companion and his master, the hours spent in total silence, yet complete communication, and the mutual understanding that they were a bond meant for their lifetimes was generated by Barry and Snoop Dog Ivins. That bond of love remains permanent today, that legacy of love for a lifetime.