The English Cream Golden Retriever Gus

They were introduced as Red and Green. The smartest of the bunch and the most loving.

Their names matched the string of yarn tied around their puppy necks as a sort of collar. It struck me as an ingenious way to discern which puppy was which in the litter or 10.

We came for 1 puppy. We could have easily loved all ten but life is filled with choices, no? But the brains and the heart of the group were just plopped into our arms with that pungent puppy-coffee breath. Wriggly in a cute way, the heart was enthusiastic from moment 1 with us, while the brains was nonchalantly indifferent to us – though he didn’t outright ignore us.

The heart eventually became to be know as Winston, and the brains is known as Instagram’s most famous English Cream Golden Retriever Gus.

We drove 90 miles to bring home a single beautiful puppy. But if you find both the head and the heart, you don’t chose one.

You take them both.


If you like this style of writing, the author would like you to consider his audiobook: A Quiet Murmuration – A Public Journal of Private Thoughts.

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