This picture is from a few summers back but I was struck by the feel of how serious they both were in this moment. Completely enthralled with one another. He was just four years old when the kids and I drove from Florida to Georgia’s BrassBrigade Labradors to bring her into our life. She was just eight weeks old. She is his friend, not just his dog. She is the only girl he allows into his world because, at ten, girls still have big time cooties and, in his eyes, are simply gross. This dog is a girl but she is an equal and he treats her as such. I only wish I was sitting closer so I could have heard what they were speaking of. The important things that boys confide only in their best dog, their first true confidant. I love these two. They are devoted, connected and committed to one another. Maisy is his friend and he is her boy. Nothing more profound in a relationship than that right there. This is what total and profound trust looks like.