"Dudley, home is not home without you. For me personally, home was always elusive. I deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, an odd place to look for home. I looked high and low, and in every corner of the globe for it. It was all to no avail. Then, I met Dudley.
Dudley has an old soul. He is a grumpy old man trapped in a dog suit, and carries his heart break in every wrinkle. And he needs a human. Not just to give him water and food, but to give him love. He won’t stray far from me, and as much as he needs me, I need him.
So, here is this old man trapped in a dog suit who has come to trust me. And here I am, able to have a confidant, friend, protector, and fur-child that I love unconditionally. We won’t leave each other, and we won’t hurt each other. I lean on him as much as he leans on me.
I have come to discover that being home is when you are able to feel a sense of belonging. With him, I have a place that I value as “home.” With him, I am home."