My Dog life

Some of our dogs, Sonja’s dog Raymond, Reisa, and Mikos’s Big Mel

Dogs are mentioned in the Bible over 40 times, but most of the stories involving man’s best friend are  unfavorable, being derogatory and depicting dogs in a bad light. This story is about the dogs in my life.

Blackie, a short black Heinz 57 variety, was the first childhood dog that I remember; he was run over by a vehicle driven by a gas repair man. We put Blackie in an old box, had a funeral, and buried him in a shallow grave.  Blackie never rested in peace because we were curious kids who morbidly checked on the dead dog by digging around him with sticks.

Albino, an all white mutt was our next dog, Bino for short. Bino lived a wonderful life until a neighbor shot him. Our yard had fences on both sides but not in front, Bino ran the neighborhood freely.  Bino fell in love with a designer dog down the street and was consummating their union when he was shot. This was no shotgun wedding; the bullet was meant for Bino’s death. I was in the front yard along with other neighborhood kids when a redneck woman with a huge shotgun shot my dog.   Bino got hit on his right hip. My mother called the police but nothing ever came of this.  Suing was not an option; we just dealt with it. For the rest of Bino’s life he hopped on three legs.

All of our childhood dogs were outside pets; they rarely got shots or flea treatments, and for sure were never spayed or neutered. They ate scraps from the table and only if the dog food was on sale did they get canned  food. They never experienced teeth cleaning and their real coats were there only clothing. We gave our dogs real bones and they really buried them in the back yard.

When Mike and I were newlyweds, I got two useless dogs, Ella and Oso. They were ridiculous and we had to get rid of them due to a no-pets clause in our rental agreement.  Oso was given to a hippie that we worked with. Oso resented this betrayal, and when I would ran into him, the dog would completely ignore me.

Solo, the sweet crying dog

Solo, the cocker spaniel, was a sweet pet, who suffered abandonment issues. Solo was a big crybaby, who howled a lot. I took him to a specialist (dog trainer) in an attempt to correct this annoying behavior. “Put coins in an empty can and throw it out the window when he starts crying,” said the trainer, but nothing worked. As Solo got older he started developing a body odor so bad that no one could be around him. When a tile man was installing new flooring in the kitchen, Solo hung out by the kitchen door. The man asked me to please put the dog in the garage so he could finish the job. The odor so bad that Solo had to be put on a special diet to control the stench. Solo was a flea bag too, and though he had regular treatments, the fleas loved him. Towards the end of his life he went blind and deaf, which posing an even greater problem, landing him in the pool. I would hear my son Mikos yell out from his room “Solo fell in the pool!” That was my signal to run from wherever I was to rescue the deaf and blind dog from drowning. From all the accidental falls in the pool, Solo developed chronic ear infections and he was finally laid to rest by Deanna, our babysitter.

Reisa Ciriza, the nicest of all dogs

Reisa Ciriza, was our golden retriever, her entire life ambition was to chase balls and swim. She was the nicest of all the dogs. Once I was so sad and upset about something that I let Reisa into the house and she licked up my tears; it was as if God used the dog to bring me peace. Reisa died at the hands of my nieces Leah and Maggie, who kept throwing the tennis ball to her until she could no longer take it.

Big Mel, strolling in from Ledbetter Beach

Big Mel was given to us by a neighbor and was a huge golden that suffered from narcissism. He intentionally knocked over small children, and had been through three families.  We were his last chance because he was going to be put down due to his bad behavior. We took him in, Big Mel was a Houdini and would always escape on trash day to knock over the neighbor’s trash bins. We could not handle him either, and shipped him to Santa Barbara with Mikos. They were inseparable, Mel finally experienced true love. While Mikos attended classes, Big Mel entertained himself at the beach, and everyone in the community knew him, including the police. Mikos remembers when a police car drove up with Big Mel in the back seat; the officer opened the door and Big Mel jumped out . Big Mel used his nose to let himself into the house.  We were all there the day he went to dog heaven. My son took Big Mel’s collar and buried it at Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara.

Shadrach Angelico, the swimmer
Shadrach Angelico

Our last dog was Shadrach Angelico Ciriza. He suffered from ADD,ADHD and was just crazy. He chewed the dining table, the kitchen door, and several backyard hoses. He got ahold of the telephone repairman’s equipment and destroyed it. Shadrach loved to run the streets. Once he escaped, broke into my neighbor’s house and ate their dinner. He was a great swimmer and summer was his season. Swimming daily, he and I did laps together and he would always beat me. When he got on in years, he could no longer get out of the pool without help. My beautiful Shadrach suffered from a debilitating back problem. His last day was spent under the St. Francis water fountain in our backyard. St. Francis called him peacefully home.

 

Maddie, Rosie, and Paco

Mike and I decided to be dog free because we travel and did not want to be burdened with dog care. We now have two grand dogs that visit every time their families come. Paco spends his time barking at airplanes, lizards and anything that makes the slightest sound. Rosie, is a sweet mild mannered golden that thinks she is a small lap dog. Unlike her ancestors, she hates the pool.

“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool to his folly.” Proverbs 26:11

Related Posts

143 Comments

  1. I want to express appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this challenge.
    Right after exploring throughout the search engines and seeing advice that were not productive, I thought my life was done.
    Existing minus the approaches to the issues you have fixed by way
    of the post is a critical case, as well as those that could have adversely affected my
    entire career if I hadn’t noticed the blog. Your actual knowledge and kindness in maneuvering a lot of stuff
    was excellent. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered such a solution like this.
    I’m able to at this point look ahead to my future.
    Thank you so much for the reliable and amazing guide. I won’t be reluctant to refer your web sites to anyone who would
    need counselling about this problem.

    Also visit my web-site prettypeople.club

  2. I really love your website.. Pleasant colors
    & theme. Did you make this web site yourself? Please reply
    back as I’m attempting to create my own blog and want to find
    out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is
    named. Thank you!

    My website; Margherita

  3. I’ve read a few excellent stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting.
    I wonder how much effort you place to make one of these
    excellent informative website.

  4. Wonderful items from you, man. I’ve understand your
    stuff prior to and you’re simply extremely fantastic.

    I actually like what you’ve received right here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which by
    which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it
    sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. That is really a great website.

    Feel free to surf to my page: http://www.hltkd.tw

  5. I drop a comment each time I especially enjoy a post
    on a website or if I have something to contribute to the conversation. It’s triggered by the sincerness communicated in the post I read.
    And on this article My Dog life – My Catholic Roots are showing.
    I was actually moved enough to leave a comment 😉 I actually do have a couple of
    questions for you if you usually do not mind. Is it only me or do some of these comments come across like coming from brain dead folks?

    😛 And, if you are writing on other online sites, I would like to keep up with
    you. Would you list every one of your communal pages like your
    twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    my web page … http://www.meteoritegarden.com/

  6. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly believe this amazing site
    needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning
    to read through more, thanks for the info!

    Feel free to visit my blog post Pure CBD Softgels Reviews
    (Brandie)

  7. Howdy, I do believe your site may be having internet browser compatibility problems.
    When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues.
    I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
    Besides that, fantastic site!

    Also visit my blog … http://www.goldenanapa.ru

  8. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a
    blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something which not enough men and women are
    speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that I found this during
    my hunt for something concerning this.

    My webpage – Ultra Quick Keto Burn

  9. Hello, I think your web site could be having internet browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that,
    wonderful blog!

  10. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else
    encountering issues with your blog. It appears as though
    some of the text on your posts are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them
    as well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Appreciate it

    my blog; Nature Leaf CBD

  11. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    great. I do not know who you are but certainly you
    are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  12. Excellent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re simply extremely great.

    I really like what you have acquired right here, really like what you
    are saying and the best way through which you assert it.

    You make it entertaining and you continue to care for to keep it wise.
    I can not wait to learn far more from you. This is really a terrific website.

    my web page: TestoXmen Reviews

  13. Pretty component of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to claim
    that I acquire actually enjoyed account your weblog posts.
    Anyway I’ll be subscribing in your feeds or even I fulfillment
    you get right of entry to persistently fast.

    Feel free to surf to my web site; Mega Male

  14. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a great article?
    but what can I say? I put things off a whole lot and never manage to get nearly
    anything done.

    Also visit my blog post UltraXTend

  15. Howdy! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

    Feel free to visit my site; prettypeople.club

  16. Hello there I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you
    by accident, while I was researching on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a marvelous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don?t have time to read it all at the minute but I
    have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please
    do keep up the excellent b.

    Look into my web site – Terra Xtract CBD Review

  17. I’m just commenting to make you know what a useful experience my cousin’s princess had viewing your blog.
    She came to find numerous details, most notably what it is like to
    possess an amazing giving mood to have men and women just know some advanced things.
    You undoubtedly did more than our desires. Thanks for
    showing such useful, dependable, edifying and as well as cool thoughts on that topic to Kate.

    Look into my site: Ultra Quick Keto Cleanse

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *