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Good dogs hard to find,
harder to lose

Losing a pet is like losing a good friend. Sherri and I have had six dogs since we’ve been married. Beagle Bailey was the best dog we’ve ever had. Maybe the best dog that ever was. Never complained, never went to the vet except for shots, never growled at anyone, just a good dog. Always happy to see you, only escaped a couple of times in her life and always found her way home.
I’m not good with dates but I think Bailey would have been 16 this June. She had been ailing for awhile now, but I didn’t want to make the decision to put her down. When she started falling down and not being able to get up, the decision was made for us. I didn’t go the vet with Sherri, but it is too late to worry about that now. I try not to have too many regrets in my life.
We still have one dog at home, Break the Bank Bonny. I don’t want to say that she isn’t a good dog, but she loves the vet and vets love her. Everything from tumors on her liver, allergies, skin growths and cataracts, she’s had them all, and she’s only 10. When you walk into a veterinarian’s office, they smile, knowing that they will soon be catching a plane to Hawaii for a family vacation paid for by the Wallaces.
It is real quiet in our house and a little lonely. I’m not sure Bonny knows that Bailey is gone, but we do. I don’t know how long it will take for me not to look for Bailey when I come home, but it will take a while. Sherry is more verbal about her feelings and with the passing of her father and his birthday this week, it has been hard on her.
I had a schoolmate who didn’t marry until after most of us had settled down. When I asked him when he was going to get married, he told me, “When I find someone who will be as glad to see me when I come home as my dog.” He did finally get married, but latter divorced. It would be hard to be married to someone who wants unconditional love, all the time.
There are lots of jokes about dogs and wives so if you don’t like bad jokes, stop reading now. “Put your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car, come back in 20 minutes and let them out, see which one is glad to see you.” I think it is funny, mostly because it is true. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife, but it is still funny.
It may take awhile getting used to having only one dog at home, but Sherri is thinking about taking a break from dogs for awhile after Bonny is gone. She said she wants to not worry about them when we travel to see the grandkids or leave the area for a week or more. I’ll believe it when I see it. She did mention that when we are too old to travel we will have dogs again to sit on our laps while we read or watch TV. Something to look forward to.
Have a better week than we did.