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Sunday, January 25, 2009


My wife brought our dog Sam back from the animal shelter Spring of 2006. He was a sickly puppy at the time, full of worms, with a running eye, and a pensive, shy demeanor. But he won over my wife, with his tawny fur and big, innocent eyes. He was Paul when we took him home, and when he reached our house he was Sam.

Sam's running eye was harmless, according to the vet, and the worms clinging in his swollen belly were let loose by the pills we embedded in his food. He grew larger by degrees I'm sure, but as we experienced him his progress was discreet, so that he was suddenly a larger pup, and then an adolescent, with no stages in between. Sam took to chewing everything in our back yard, which caused me great consternation, and prompted ongoing friction between my wife and I, as she remonstrated me on my lack of patience, and I her on our lack of unpunctured water hoses, and unchewed bushes, and boards on our deck free of marks from puppy teething.

Sam was a classic mut, a pound puppy that was listed as a cross between a Pit Bull and a Labrador, the faintly discernible drops in an ocean of breeds comprising his motley origin.


eneve said...

I have been bordering on getting an animal since late last year. I have not been able to execute though. I am a dog person, but dogs require a level of upkeep above their feline counterparts. True, dog or cat, whichever I decide there will be some amount of collateral damage (things chewed, scratched, slobbered, and covered in hair), but there is something about the quiet companionship that you can only get from a furry animal friend. Hopefully soon, I will get off my bum and get down to the animal shelter.

Erik said...

Yes, indeed. There are shelters that will put the animals to sleep if they don't find a home... go there if you can. About three quarters of the dogs in the "kill" shelters in Austin have Pit in them, but it's a myth that this alone suggests anything about their demeanor. We have two dogs, one I'd guess about a third Pit, and the other a half, and in either case they're harmless. People have aggressive genes that make them warlike and aggressive much more than most Pit mixes... watch out for your neighbor...