Last weekend we had a little excitement in the house. A friend of mine stopped by with the newest addition to her family, Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea came from Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, a wonderful rescue organization that takes dogs from shelters where they might otherwise be euthanized, trains them in basic good manners and offers them for adoption. Sweet Pea is a Beagle/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix, or a Beaglier.
Now Dudley is not imbued with the social graces when he meets his canine buddies and this time was no exception. From the time my friend put Sweet Pea on the ground, Dudley was in pure horndog mode, chasing her, sniffing her behind and yes, several times he tried to mount her. The 14 year old senior statesman of dogs was acting like a randy teenager! Or a dirty old man, but he had so much energy and exuberance, I’m going with the teenager analogy. I swear, he even leered at her a few times. My friend and I had a great time laughing at them for a couple of hours and Sweet Pea was certainly tolerant of my horndog, she obviously had better trainers than Dudley. I hope the next time they come over, Dudley is a little calmer and more of a gentleman.
I have mentioned in the past that I fully support the Canine Members of the Armed Services Act to elevate dogs to a status above mere equipment in the U.S. Military. Canine soldiers provide comfort to their human soldiers and have saved more than one life in their service to our country. I first saw Hal Bernton‘s article in the local paper, but the entire article appeared in the Seattle Times. It tells of the relationship between dogs trained to sniff out IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) and their human soldier handlers. It was quite moving, and the following quote comes from Petty Officer 2nd Class Leroy Williams about the loss of Dinomt, the dog who, “somehow took most of the blast, saving my life.” Anyone who has ever lost a dog, knows how he feels.
“There has not been a night go by yet that I don’t miss him and even cry for him. He will forever be in my heart.” ~ Petty Officer 2nd Class Leroy Williams