Aww Bud was just going on an adventure! 

After over 12 years of captivity, Budzilla “Bud” the Tortoise, attempted to make a valiant escape from a life of confinement in the Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood of San Jose yesterday. The 95-pound African tortoise was spotted on Hanchett Avenue as he lumbered towards emancipation, but his run for freedom was eventually foiled when he stopped in a neighbor’s yard to snack on a piece of fruit.

Bud was just four short miles and one airline ticket away from San Jose International Airport when neighbors cornered him in the yard until police could arrive to haul him away. Neighbor Glen Jones identified the reptile as Bud, “belonging” to neighbor Brian McClelland. Bud was returned to his captor, who actually seems like a nice guy, around 8 p.m. yesterday evening.

I’ve had heartaches all throughout high school, and there will probably be many more to come. One thing’s for certain, though: this one man has been there for me through it all. 

I’m not a dog person. I’m a Budzilla person. 

I guess that I’m a lucky person to have this dog as my first dog ever. The ones that come after him have large paw-shaped shoes to fill. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, because Bud’s got a few more lot of years in him.

Yesterday after work I took Buddy to PetSmart and picked him out a new toy. The heat gets to him so he mopes around a lot so I wanted to interrupt his routine to get him feeling better.

Long story short, he’s in love with his new toy and he’s so grateful he keeps following me around while also carrying it with him at all times. I caught him snoozing with the toy cuddled between his paws and it was the cutest thing ever.

Who needs a boyfriend I mean.

It’s 2:15am and I don’t know if I’m homesick or if I’m them-sick. 

I really wish I had my babies here with me cuddling the cold away. Knowing I probably won’t be home for Spring Break or even the Summer until god-knows-when is truly bringing me down.

Mom managed to sneak a pic of Bud being all overprotective after me going out tonight. He kinda knows I’m leaving soon so he’s moping around a lot.

Leaving him this time breaks me because I honestly don’t know when I’ll be back again.