Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Have you ever lost a pet? I lost my dog at the start of the summer. He was 17-years-old. I took him to the vet and the vet said, "Stan, he's just old. There's nothing we can do."
When I went off to college, I left him at home (where he had a yard and my folks) and I missed him and always felt like the biggest traitor in the world when I'd go home for visits. He'd be going crazy. If he was in the house (he was a small cocker spaniel), he'd be doing leaps before I got to the front door. If he were in the backyard, he'd be popping up and down against the fence.
I might have grown my hair out in a major fro (I did once in college) or have dreads (ditto) or be wearing different clothes or whatever, he always knew it was me from yards and yards away.
And my mom would want to talk and I'd want to talk to her (and to my dad) so Bud (my dad named him) would have to wait. And sometimes my visit was so short that I just waived at him as I left.
And I felt awful about that. So when I got my own place, I asked my folks if it was okay to take Bud with me.
They were fine with it. (My mom had just gotten a new dog anyway.)
So we had fun here for years. I'd take him walking in the morning before work and in the evening after. If it was raining and we both weren't willing to get out in that, I'd put some newspaper down and he'd just use the bathroom on that. He was a great dog and a great friend.
This afternoon, I was at The Common Ills and going through the permalinks there and saw Jane Fonda had posted something about her dog "A Word or Two About Tulea." From her new book, I knew that was her dog. So I clicked on it and she writes about her dog and about other dogs she's had. It was kind of sad because if you had a pet you love, you will think about him or her while you're reading the post. But I think it's a really important post and has a lot more humanity than anything at The Nation or elsewhere. So I'd recommend you read it, forget about political races for a bit, and just connect with your humanity.
And then come back and read the Iraq snapshot because the Iraq War has not ended.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"