554 – The Council of Erias • 05


Lena and I have two cats we will not be “replacing” when they go, though we will likely always keep a dog in the house. Our dog now, Guinness, is one of the most mellow, loving animals I have ever met. He’s a good-looking guy too, and we are constantly getting greeted by folks in the neighborhood who have come to know us from our dog walks. It’s fun and it brings a sense of belonging and community that transcends merely having a four-legged roommate. Guinness has brought us together not only with him and with each other, but with everyone around us as well.

If you don’t have a dog, maybe you should think about it. Just not these two dogs.

17 Responses to 554 – The Council of Erias • 05

  1. I prefer cats because they’re more independent, but I have both dogs and cats in the house. I live in the country so “walking the dog” amounts to hurling a ball down towards the creek or something similar. Actually we just had a sorta-tame local cat bring us six kitties — they’re out in a big Pet Taxi thing in the garage right now (door tied open so the mom can get to ’em).

    took some photos just fer ye! Crappy flash on phone makes for terrible shots; I may get better ones during the day. Needless to say, the garage in now awash in a sea of cute. Later today I’m going to make a box for them — the Pet Taxi isn’t really big enough for six kitties + momcat but it’s all that was available.

    *sigh* I don’t need more pets.

  2. I wondered why they kept going after the weather until I heard the “cut the cheese” comment…..

    I volunteer at the local shelter and must say selecting the right dogs to showcase isn’t easy. Dogs that are great in their kennels can be horrible on a leash. Dogs that are horrible in their kennel may be great at fetch. Those two dogs needed a little bit of training (you don’t say — loved that bit, too), but they were good dogs. An affectionate dog like Ginger would get adopted pretty quick even though she was a pit. Who wouldn’t want a dog that just loves them.

    My pet situation: 4 dogs (2 are puppies), 3 cats

    • Well, really you’re right of course. Even the shepherd just needs some dominance training, and that can be very easily accomplished at meals and walking through doors.

      For the most part, this is a lesson in mixing (or not) animals and live TV. Shelters should have the cameraman come down to the pound and make the tape there, were they can find the best dog, and reshoot when things go all… furry.

  3. 1 HAD 1 useless furball cat that we rescued from abusive owners that got out and met a male and now I have 3 useless furball cats. They are all female and I’ve never had the money to get them fixed or have their shots or any of that so every summer they all go into heat and drive me nuts.

    I just can’t seem to get rid of any of them though. I’m just too much of a softy. I haven’t had my own dog yet, but my family had several while I was growing up and the last one, a pomeranian that could actually keep its mouth shut just died after somehow reaching 14 years with epilepsy. I’ll never forget that dog. She was the best dog ever.
    Here is a picture.

    Every single day you’d find her waiting at the top of the stairs by the door for anyone missing to come home. She had some sort of attack (heart attack?) and died laying down looking toward the door before me and mom got back… I’ve had pets die before but that was the hardest one ever on us.

    • Check around. I know here in my town there are programs that offer reduced cost or even free spaying/neutering for folks who otherwise can’t afford it.

      I had a cat that lived to be 18.

      I have no pets now, but I share the house with my girlfriend, her 3 cats, and her ball python.

      • There is one at the humane society that does ONE cat for 20 dollars, but you still have to have it up to date with shots, which I still can’t afford. They are annoying but I can live with it.

  4. I do recreational gold mining and was *adopted* by a mutt that wandered into my camp one day. She was about 4 months old and when asked around the houses in the forest I was camping in everyone told me the same thing. “Not ours, people are bad about dumping dogs out here.”

    I can’t believe anyone would have dumped such a wonderful dog. On our first walk after coming home we ran into a cat. Cat hisses and arches its back, my dog walks up to it, lays down and rolls on her back in front of it. LOL However, the sight of a squirrel drives her crazy and she does everything she can to try and catch one.

    Our backyard was invaded a year later and she produced 7 puppies. I kept the pick of the litter and gave the rest away for free. Her son is just as loving. One of the reason I picked him was he was just a big ball of fur(only long hair in the litter) and the fact that after they opened their eyes and I looked into the doghouse all his brothers and sisters cringed in the back and he pulled himself to the front wagging his tail.

    Guess you could say both my dogs chose me. =D

    • I sat down in front of a litter of puppies at the pound, and tiny baby Guinness rocketed out of the pack, ran up my body to stand on my head, leaned around and wouldn’t stop licking me in the face.

      He’s been the best dog I’ve ever had in my house.

  5. I’m not really a dog person. Last few dogs that I’ve had (my mom’s, my aunt who was living with us’s and my ex-girlfriend’s) were all fucking retarded and useless. That last one I’d have happily gutted and left on my ex’s bed if I didn’t mind her calling the police on me. Seriously hated that dog. I have a cat. She’s a few months older than my daughter, who is three, but I’m not sure the difference. She was the quietest, most laid back out of her litter so I picked her over the sweet little black cat (I love black cats) who just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. She’s still really quiet, and turned out to be the smallest of the bunch, but the best looking too. She killed a mouse today. What a good kitty.

    • I really believe that most any animal gives you back what you put into it.

      Glad you found a cat you liked, and we’ll all hope for her sake she stays on your good side!

  6. Kevin, I hate you (LOL) – you made me spend the time to dig this out:

    The Power of the Dog
    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie–
    Perfect passsion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find–it’s your own affair–
    But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long–
    So why in–Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?