Anyone who works with dogs for a living can tell you that every once in a long, long while, that dog comes your way who is worth their weight in gold to have stay with you. Such a dog is Bhodie. The first time I met this boy was when his dad, Wes, was working on my property. I hadn’t started the boarding business yet so I just had my own three corgis in the yard. Wes asked if Bhodie could join them while he worked. Now, I adore my dogs, but corgis, especially on their own turf, and especially as a gang of three, are not the quietest most easygoing. My dogs have come a long way since they have had to accept multiple strange dogs into their home on an ongoing basis. At that time, their first reaction was usually to rush and bark at newcomers. Bhodie walked through the gate, and it was as if a diety had arrived among them. They all but bowed at his paws. No one barked, no one bossed, they just followed him around in silent awe. Now Bhodie is a pretty big dog; his owners are guessing he is some Mountain Dog/Leonberger-type cross. But size isn’t what makes this man. It is pure, unadulterated goodness, and temperament to burn. I have now seen Bhodie meet and interact with dozens of dogs; they all react to him the same way my dogs first did. Bhodie does not greet a new friend by sniffing their nether regions, as do most dogs. He leans down and gently touches his nose to theirs, making no sound and only light eye contact. All dogs seem to instantly melt into a state of trustful bliss. I have interfaced him with the most reactive males, bossy girls, timid seniors, and boisterous pups; the result is the same. Bhodie then proceeds, once he has their trust, to invite them to play, at a level and intensity that he feels best for that dog. He is also glad to be a role model/teacher. I had a dachshund boy in, Bo, who was quite senior, and quite unsure of the pond area. One warm day, Bhodie decided this oldster needed to sample the delights of water. He waited until Bo was by his side, then he gently ambled into the pond, lay down with a content sigh, and turned to look at Bo, saying with his eyes “See? Why would you miss doing this?” Moments later Bo was cautiously, and then more enthusiastically, bathing. I can’t say enough about what a joy it is to have this dog stay with me. His presence lends serenity and grace. No matter what mix of dogs I have in, we all enter canine Nirvana when Bhodie is here. For this, he is my May “Good Dog of the Month”. Enjoy the pics below showing Bhodie doing his inimitable “nose greet”…and the last two are Bhodie showing Bo the doxie how to bathe in enlightenment..