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Nov 7

Canis Castratum

Posted on Saturday, November 7, 2009 in Family, Philosophy

It’s a horrible fact of life that you often don’t realise you’re in love until it’s too late.

Maybe that’s the definition of love.  When suddenly a soppy film which you ardently took the Mick out of before, makes total sense, enough to make you cry because now you know what it might feel like to lose your husband, or your child, or even your dog.  Your empathy forces the point home.

101 Dalmatians did it for me.  I watched Mr. Whatsit celebrate the birth of Pongo’s puppies with pride and glee and suddenly I cried and had to switch it off.  I gazed at Wouldye lying on his blanket, once a dog as black as tar, now tinted with silvery shades of white and grey.  It hit home that there would be a day when he would find it hard to get off that blanket… a day when he would no longer have the enthusiasm to leap off a ten foot boulder into a river to retrieve his stick, and would no longer have the energy to switch to vicious alert on hearing a strange noise outside.  Someday I’ll lose my best friend and now I shed tears because of the day I gave the command; “Off with his balls!

I should have thought twice about exactly how much of a pain in the ass his testosterone was when he was a puppy.  It would have been entirely worth it if I had just put up with that infuriating enthusiasm, and waited for a batch of puppies or two to appear (which makes me wonder… exactly how difficult would it be to pimp out your dog?)  I doubt Grandad would have put poor Sandy through the ordeal, though how amazing those puppies would be – it just doesn’t bear thinking about!

Poor Wouldye.  I’m so sorry, dude.  I should have given you at least one romantic fling before I condemned you to solitary.  There’ll never be another one like you.

My woof Wouldye

P.S. Good dog.

Bring on the comments

  1. Baino says:

    He is a lovely dog no doubt about it. I look at Lily and think the same thing ‘why can’t she live as long as me’ I had her desexed early in the peace too and often think having little Lilys around would have been nice. Maybe next time when I can be home all day to supervise the shoe chewing!

  2. Yep, know how that goes. In preparation for our move to Norn Iron we had to find homes for 2 dogs and 4 cats. And then we had to have our 2 older dogs with health problems put to sleep because we couldn’t find anyone to adopt them. Enjoy your time with your pup; no matter how long they live it ends too quick.

  3. Ahh. But even if he’d had puppies, there’d still never be another Wouldye. In a way, it’s nice that there’ll never be another dog like him.

    He’s a lovely dog, by the way.

  4. i have to say kate hes one beautiful dog and he has a gorgeous smile to boot. Got lord shep done about 2 weeks back. We had to get the job done because i wasnted to be a responable dog owner. But alas shep has fallen in love with a BC bitch called abbie and he always wags his tail every time they meet. I wanted a little brother or sister for shep but it was going to be a messy situation of looking after little baby puppies and other things that come along with doggy mother hood. I even had the names picked out for sheps little brother or sister to be. Max and Layla. I have always loved the name Max and Layla is my favourite eric clapton song. (the unplugged version of course). Sigh well at least my little dude is happy hanging around the house with me and getting up to naughtiness by eating socks. i might get a furry friend some time soon. Well at least there is xmas im getting shep a doggy couch stuffed with treats from my new pet shop. At least that way hes knows i love him no end. Even though also he tends to sit on my good diesel jacket.

  5. Brianf says:

    Dogs are cool! They always end up being your bst friend. December of 05 I had to give up my furry friend, Toner. I was living with one of my sisters and she’s allergic to dogs so Toner went to live at the Humane Society. I never saw him after that.
    Fast forward to today and I now have two cats. Ang San Suu Kui aka Suu Kyi and one of her kittens TopCat aka MonsterCat. So still miss Toner but it’s pretty cool having the CatMonsters around.

  6. Thriftcriminal says:

    Fine lookin’ hound. The point is, he has the craic with all of ye all the same.

  7. Aw lubly Wouldye. This has made me feel guiltier than ever that I’m rehoming Bert before moving back to the UK. Give Wouldye a big hug from me x

  8. warrior says:

    You women are freaky when it comes to men and dogs, here’s hoping you can tell the difference between them.

  9. K8 says:

    Oh no. I’ve gone and made people sad now – I’m so sorry :( Here’s a joke to reverse the mojo:


    -Golden Retriever: The sun is shining. The day is young. We’ve got our whole lives ahead of us. And you’re inside worrying about a stupid, burned-out light bulb?

    -Border Collie: Just one. Not only that, but I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

    -Dachshund: I can’t reach the lamp!

    -Toy Poodle: I’ll just talk sweet to the Border collie and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

    -Rottweiler: Go ahead! Make me!

    -Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. What are servants for?

    -Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

    -Malamute: Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he’s busy.

    -Doberman Pinscher: While it’s dark, I’m going to sleep on the couch.


    -Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

    -Pointer: I see it, there it is, right there…

    -Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?

    -German Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle…

    -Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?

  10. K8, thanks for the joke; I loved it!

  11. ha ha brillant my shep is now running around with my boots. I think my dog has a shoe fetish fetish now. ahh the lab is always up for fun times. i love labs so much

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