Friday, August 3, 2012

Puppy Dogs

I graduated from LSU.  Ironman graduated from Louisiana Tech.
Yes, we are unequally yolked.  (inside joke)

This week we are mourning the loss of the Louisiana Tech mascot, an English Bulldog.
Sadly, the puppy dog (4 years old) was left outside too long and died of a heat stroke.


My heart was broken. 

I can't bear the thought of a dog outside in this heat with no shelter or cool water.  Apparently no
human was there to check on him during the day.

And so today I'm posting a few photos of my dog.  


He is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Age:  11 years old (on September 1) Or 77
Weight:  96 pounds
Appetite:  Hearty
Energy Level:  More than me!
Favorite Game:  Fetch
Favorite Activity when alone:  Sleeping in the sun
One little quirk:  He will not eat if you are watching him.  

It's comforting to me to have a big dog in the backyard.  Makes me feel like I'm home.

Last night the news of the LaTech Mascot's passing was on television.  Dancer Girl exclaimed, "That dog died?  What happened?"
Ironman:  "He was left outside so long that he died of a heat stroke."
Dancer Girl:  "Was he an old dog?"
Ironman:  "He was four years old."

Long pause.

Dancer Girl:  "How long do dogs live anyway?"
Ironman looked at her.  "Do you want to know the truth?  Probably 13 or 14 years.  Somewhere around there"
Dancer Girl:  "How old is Navy"
Ironman:  "Almost 11"

We didn't say much after that.

1 comment:

  1. What a sad story. Having three dogs of my own, this is heartbreaking. But your dogs very cute pics went a long way to making it better.

    My daughter and I were just discussing the same thing (age of dogs and relative life spans) and the end result is we dried our eyes and agreed to not talk about it. And then we took our girls for a walk.