Months ago Stephen Grande petitioned me for a dog. I once loved dogs. I grew up having a dog. But the older I get the smaller that dog-shaped hole in my heart has gotten. Personally I think most people have gone dog-CRAZY, loving their dogs to a fault. Allowing them to sleep in the bed, paying ridiculously high vet bills, and telling us all boring stories about dogs. Sorry if I sound cold hearted, but I just think dogs are DOGS. They have their place and it is NOT curled up next to me as I sleep at night. Now that I have offended half of you, I will go on to tell our story.
The short version is we got a dog...an 8 month old, house trained, chocolate lab.
The long version is Stephen Grande wanted a dog. I did not. In a moment of insanity I agreed to let him get one. Moments after I consented, I called him crying...told him that I regretted my decision...I didn't have a good "feeling" and I wanted nothing to do with a dog. But it was too late. He had already picked up the "free" dog from the going-out-of-business breeder and they were on their way home. The issue became more a matter of who wears the pants in the family than the dilemma of keeping the dog. And since I had agreed in the first place, I said okay. "We can keep the dog, but I take no responsibility for her. She is all yours. I apologize for my bi-polarness. " He agreed to my terms and conditions and we went on with our merry lives.
Days past. Life with a dog was fine. Better than I expected. She was good. No trouble. I actually started to like her. I fed her a little extra when Stephen Grande went out of town. I even made her a Christmas stocking. He let me name her. I chose the name Kathy. It made us laugh. Who names their dog Kathy?! It was funny and every time we told somebody the name, they could not contain their laughter.
*No offense to the name Kathy. It is only funny because it is such a people name, not a dog name.
I really grew to be quite fond of Kathy. And so it is with much regret that I tell you she has passed. Grande ran over her or rather she ran under the trailer he was pulling behind his truck this weekend. She lived for a short time after the accident and then died of internal bleeding and shock. Poor Kathy. Poor Grande. We miss her. It is always sad to see a man lose his dog.
Love on your dog today. Life is but a vapor...even for dogs.