I have been thinking a lot about getting a dog again. My former canine companion passed away about 5 years ago. I still feel like he is going to greet me at the door whenever I come home, or start barking when someone knocks at our door.
He was a huge black and tan Rottweiler – Sheppard mix and may have put on a show for strangers but he never came close to hurting other people or any other animal. He was scary to look at until you got to know him. He was named ICE for ‘I Chew Everything.” He lived up to his name. When he was a pup anything was fair game, shoes, food, socks, a tennis ball had a life span of a few days.
As he got older he learned to stick to his chew toys and maybe a daily tennis ball. I had to train him rigorously because he was so big. because he was half Rottweiler, he liked to ‘mouth’ people’s hands. This freaked some people out until they could see how well trained he was.( I had previously worked with guard dogs ).
He slept with me every night, except when I was away for a year after meeting Marilyn ( my late wife ) . Her Labrador would never allow another dog into the house.
Marilyn died that fall at age 44 from a vicious cancer throughout her whole body . We didn’t even make it to our first anniversary. Ice died March of that year. He was 14 years old. 5 years ago.
So I am thinking hard before I get another dog. I know I will not marry again.