A Dog’s Life
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  • Gary L

    I’m in the mental health profession – one of the families I work with (parents in their 70s, son with a Traumatic Brain Injury in his 40s) just adopted a 9-month old Irish Wolfhound -a very large puppy – and they’ve named him Riley (a singularly appropriate name for a canine dwelling here in the Hoosier State). This is pretty dysfunctional family in many respects, but it’s been very gratifying to see them setting aside their personal issues and working together to provide for Riley’s best interests. I hope the new Mead family Riley (or Mowgli) works out just as well.

  • joe

    So you ignored the wishes of your own brother to placate the desires of your cute nieces and nephews, well good for you, that is what “cool” Uncles do.

    My Uncle got me a Weimaraner and I’ll never forget it.

  • Luke Lea

    Congratulations! Time for me to get a new dog too.

  • Kris

    “‘Blog’, I fear, was never really in the running.”

    Roll over, Blog, roll over! Bad Blog!

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Kris: not to mention the possibility of being a running blog of imperialism…

  • Philip

    The philadelphia cousins decided to add another dog to the clan as well. Scouring websites with puppy pictures is apparently not conducive to keeping resolutions about NEVER GETTING ANOTHER DOG after Sam.

  • Kris

    [email protected], it must truly be the season for giving. Think of how much money you could make by selling the rights for “Running Blog of Imperialism” as a blog name!

  • Soul

    Adorable story! I’ve sometimes wondered if I should have gotten a dog instead of a cat. At the time I recall thinking a cat would be better for me as it would require less attention. Cats also are supposed to clean up after themselves. With my cat though it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. For kitties he is quite dirty and needy. But with that said, he is my pal. I wouldn’t trade him in. I thing a dog though would be more loving than the pet I have.

    Thought to mention it’s time for me to go. I’m doing pretty well health wise, which is always a plus. So hopfully I can do other activities. Plus I’m just tired of all the attention I’m receiving. It seems anymore anything I do is scrutinized over. I get similar also on the web, which makes me realize I’m not in the safest position for myself or my family. So very best of luck in 2012. Looks to be an interesting year with all the economic turmoil in the world. Hopfully the markets will not crash! But if I’m healthy for a change, I’ll still consider it one of my luckiest years lived.

  • “No” and “never” is approximately what my father used to say up until we got an American foxhound in ’97.

  • Corlyss

    I’m with Joe. Good for you!

  • Kansas Scott

    Our family went through the pains this week found on the other end of pet ownership. I had to hold the head of our 14-year old black lab mix Sam as he slipped away.

    Our family’s first reaction was to ask ourselves why we put ourselves through this pain. Our family’s next reaction was remembering all of the crazy, frustrating, bizarre and fulfilling experiences Sam had lead us through for so long.

    Our three-year old corgi greeted me with confusion when I had returned from the vet’s office without Sam. I asked him to try to not be quite so stupid so that he could live at least half as long as Sam. No idea what he thought about that but I do know that our family’s fabric is richer for having pets woven into it.

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