Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Walking Rufus

Posted September 27, 2010 7:59 a.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2010 10:27 a.m. EDT

What was or is your favorite pet? What makes that pet so special? Please discuss.

My new CD Simple Beauty begins with a song called Walking Rufus. I hope you enjoy this multimedia musical featuring images of my dog.

Rufus came out for the official release of the CD last Friday at "dog friendly" Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh. Rufus was clearly the star of the show.

I've never loved a pet more than Rufus – not even my childhood dogs – Pat, Puddin' and Sputnik. Not even 1980's radio star Barney of Mix 101.5 fame or adorable but temperamental Sparky. I loved them all but Rufus takes the top bone.

Rufus is 100% love. This Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix is exuberant, loyal, sweet, goofy, cuddly, cute, curious, attentive and slightly mischievous. Rufus may be the most loving and energetic creature I know. I love him dearly.

One simple beauty in my life over the last year has been taking Rufus on long walks. In fact, the melody for the song Walking Rufus came to me during one of these walks. It's funny. I wasn't sure the song was good enough to go on the album but the guys in Durham who mixed the album said Walking Rufus was their favorite tune on the CD.

I hope you enjoy this little movie about Rufus.