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Idiots With Dogs

My brother-in-law showed up with two gorgeous chocolate labs this weekend. They were in good shape, had wonderful dispositions, played nice with the kids, listened to commands, and were housebroken. They jumped around a bit, but at less than a year old, that’s to be expected. They have all their shots, and their AKC paperwork is ready for filing.

It shocked me to learn they were abandoned by my brother-in-law’s neighbor.

Rusty and Summer

Rusty and Summer

The neighbor bought the dogs for his daughter, who moved out shortly after. The guy then decided the dogs were too much work to take care of, so his brilliant plan was to simply open the gate to the yard and turn them loose. He even admitted to thoughts of driving them out into the woods and dropping them off, but I’m guessing that would have taken too much effort.

I can understand when a dog isn’t right for a family. I can understand when circumstances change, such as a family forced to move to a new home that won’t accept dogs or when a child develops an allergy. I even understand that some dogs are just pure hellions and are too difficult to care for. What I can’t abide is idiots like this who neither think about what they’re doing when they buy a dog (much less two) and don’t have the brains to handle things properly when they realize they made a mistake.

My brother-in-law tells me his own first call was to the local no-kill shelter, which told him they were overloaded after the shutdown of an area puppy mill and couldn’t take the dogs. No problem, that still leaves several more alternatives: off the top of my head, there’s classified ads, Petfinder, vets & groomers, rescue societies, and public bulletin boards. Because they’re labs, I’d even stop at local sporting goods stores and gun shops to see if there are hunters who might be looking for dogs. Sweet dogs like this would be snapped up in a heartbeat. Fortunately for the dogs, my brother-in-law and his family are becoming attached to them, and may even keep them.

Makes me wonder what kind of father this douchebag was if he couldn’t even predict his daughter might move out before he bought two dogs for her.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Goodbye, Sunny

Sunny
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His papers carry the name “Sunshine Patch” as chosen by my sister-in-law when she bought him as a puppy, but we all called him Sunny. He lived with her for a time, then with my in-laws, and finally he moved in with my family.

It would be tough to find a better dog. He was very friendly, yet would bark his fool head off when strangers approached the house (which is exactly what I wanted). He never bit anyone, and he was amazing with the kids, even when they were just starting to crawl and would pull on his fur, ears, or tail. He played catch from time to time, and he was always content to just lay near our feet and chill. In the summertime, he liked to stay outside and lay down in a shady spot in the grass.

This week, Sunny got sick. We didn’t think much of it at first, but then he stopped eating, and finally stopped drinking. My wife took him to the vet this morning, this afternoon we learned he was suffering from pneumonia.

My oldest son and I went to visit him shortly before 4pm, when the vet closed. The nurse took us back to the cage where they were giving him his IV of fluids and antibiotics. He perked up when he heard us, then stood up. The nurse opened the cage, and he walked out to greet us. I patted his head and held his chin.

A moment later he settled down to the floor, then rolled against the cage. I petted him, I gently tucked his tongue back into his mouth, and then I said goodbye as he breathed his last.

Goodbye, my friend. We miss you already.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

And So It Begins

Started the running program tonight.

Did not die.

Actually, it felt pretty good. The alternating run/walk routine was easy to follow without completely wiping me out, and a quick blood pressure check afterward showed a small spike in my systolic digits but the diastolic was fine. I’ve got a slight tightness in my shins, otherwise no pain. Even the late hour, which I worried about at first, proved quiet and relaxing.

My dog, however, thought I was nuts. He may not get invited Wednesday night.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.