Photographer Gabi Stickler has been taking fabulous shots of her Golden Retriever, Mali, for years. Some of Gabi’s most adorable shots, however, tell a heart-warming tale of friendship between a Golden Retriever and his best bud, Teddy. As you might imagine, Teddy is in fact, a Teddy bear – nonetheless, this takes nothing away from their bond. Thus, today I ask you to gather round, BarkPosters, for I shall tell ye this tale of a friendship stronger than the seas. (Visit Gabi’s shop here!)
The Adventures of Mali and Teddy
Mali was a retriever so bright-eyed and golden
When one day her heart became quite beholden
To a little brown fella with curly brown hair
His name was Teddy and he was quite the bear
They frolic in the yard
Also in the park
Mali holds Teddy close when she’s scared of the dark
Teddy’s small build would come in quite handy
Especially when it came to break into the candy
There was just no predicting their various romps
Like when they went treasure hunting in the local swamps
Teddy would help Mali chase neighbors’ cats
And afterward they’d knit each other snow hats!
Though life’s day-to-day can come with its struggles
There ain’t nothing that cannot be fixed with a snuggle
This bond of friendship would not easily sever
“I wuv you Mali, let’s hang out forever!”
Then Mali was thirsty and needed a drink
Teddy got her favorite – water from the sink!
Hold on, there’s a camera lens in there
What have you been drinking, you silly old bear?
“This bear needs more than salmon and honey.”
Their adventures did not slow, as Milo might have thunk
For Teddy was a highly functioning drunk
They spent all winter long playing in the snow
They built snowmen to play and snowballs to throw
And then with the sudden change of the season
They became best friends with Wall-E for some reason
“Try my fresh coffee beans, I’ve got a whole case
I imported them here directly from space.”
“Or perhaps, if you’re sick of this rhymin’
We could take a day off and go mountain climbin'”
Wall-E made a fine addition to their team
Space had taught him to live life to the exXtreme
“Let’s stare at the stars – don’t they all look so close?”
Say, when did Wall-E become so verbose?
Then Teddy asked for some Mali time alone
They liked Wall-E, but it was time he phoned home
Teddy said “Alas I must travel to see the world wide
I’m not in debt to the mob, I’m not trying to hide”
But fear not, sweet Mali – we shall meet soon again
For there’s nothing in this world better than a good friend.
P.S – Teddy returned the next day in a candy jar.
All photos via Gabi Stickler.