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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><i>I don\'t remember </i>when<i> I wrote this, but it was at least 10 years ago, possibly around 1995 &mdash; but I\'m damned if I can find the original newsgroup posting on which I think I placed it.</i></p>\n<h2>Memoir:</h2>\n<h1>His Name Was Dog</h1>\n<table cellpadding=\"0\" cellspacing=\"0\" width=\"126\" align=\"left\" style=\"margin:0px 20px 10px 0px;\">\n<tr>\n<td style=\"padding:0px; background-color:#DDDDDD;\"><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/all/themes/edrex/images/dogbyhouse2.gif\" alt=\"Good old Dog\" /></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n<p>He was a big dog, a German-Shepherd/St. Bernard cross, light brown and tan with the Bernard\'s occasional white patches - from a distance, the smudged effect was almost a kind of gold - but with the Shepherd\'s body. I had not long turned two when my parents brought the puppy home. I wish I could say I remembered the event, but I do not. Instead, in the egocentric manner of childhood\'s memory, he was simply there, a constant, loving presence in my life.</p>\n<p>Nevertheless, family lore has it, it was I who took to him and made it clear to all that he was mine and that his name was Dog.</p>\n<p>For over five years he was my friend and protecter.</p>\n<table cellpadding=\"0\" cellspacing=\"0\" width=\"272\" align=\"right\" style=\"margin:0px 20px 0px 10px;\">\n<tr>\n<td style=\"padding:0px; background-color:#DDDDDD;\"><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/all/themes/edrex/images/dogme01a.jpg\" alt=\"Good old Dog and me\" /></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n<p>When I was three I was lost in the woods behind our home north of Montreal - I called to him and he led me back to my door; he took a stranger\'s wrist firmly between his teeth when the man stopped his car and approached me while I was doing whatever it is 3 year-olds do when they play on the riverbank; he shared my joys and mourned my losses; he returned home, weeks after disappearing, like some canine Lazarus risen from the dead, or some muddy and famished adventurer, returned bearing the stigmata of an alien leather collar and the remnants of link chain rattling at his throat; and he was always there when the school bus brought us home on dark January afternoons.</p>\n<p>He was in his sixth year when he died. We never did learn what it was that killed him.</p>\n<p>I was just turned 8. My brother and I had awoken together, or at least had left our loft, at the same time.</p>\n<p>Together, we saw the barracaded door, a chair wedged tight against the neck of the doorknob and much of the living room\'s other furniture piled before it. On the door itself, and barely legible for all the stools and tables and pillows and sofas in the way, was a terse but emminently clear note.</p>\n<blockquote><p><strong>\"DO *NOT* GO OUTSIDE!!!!!<br /><br />\nWAKE US UP FIRST!!!!!<br /><br />\nMom and Dad\"</strong></p></blockquote>\n<p>My brother and I crept up the ladder to our parents\' loft and, gently, shook them from sleep.</p>\n<p>I don\'t remember much besides my father, pushing aside the barricade, with love in his eyes and a .22 rifle in his hand.</p>\n<table cellpadding=\"0\" cellspacing=\"0\" width=\"280\" align=\"left\" style=\"margin:0px 20px 10px 0px;\">\n<tr>\n<td style=\"padding:0px; background-color:#DDDDDD;\"><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/all/themes/edrex/images/dogme02b.jpg\" alt=\"Good old Dog and me\" /></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n<p>Dog had come scratching at the door at 3 or 4 in the morning, begging entrance to his home. He was foaming at the mouth. I imagine my parents looked in his pleading eyes as they made the decision that the dog (Dog!) would not be permitted egress.</p>\n<p>The door banged shut and we watched him trudge through the snow. He approached the rum barrel that had been Dog\'s home and peered inside.</p>\n<p>Presently, he stood straight again and slowly returned to the house.</p>\n<p>There had been no need for the rifle. Old Dog was dead.</p>\n', created = 1516404826, expire = 1516491226, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:89a01bbf0249fe77b5606bbbb1f0e6f2' in /home/edadmin/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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I don't remember when I wrote this, but it was at least 10 years ago, possibly around 1995 — but I'm damned if I can find the original newsgroup posting on which I think I placed it.

Memoir:

His Name Was Dog

Good old Dog

He was a big dog, a German-Shepherd/St. Bernard cross, light brown and tan with the Bernard's occasional white patches - from a distance, the smudged effect was almost a kind of gold - but with the Shepherd's body. I had not long turned two when my parents brought the puppy home. I wish I could say I remembered the event, but I do not. Instead, in the egocentric manner of childhood's memory, he was simply there, a constant, loving presence in my life.

Nevertheless, family lore has it, it was I who took to him and made it clear to all that he was mine and that his name was Dog.

For over five years he was my friend and protecter.

Good old Dog and me

When I was three I was lost in the woods behind our home north of Montreal - I called to him and he led me back to my door; he took a stranger's wrist firmly between his teeth when the man stopped his car and approached me while I was doing whatever it is 3 year-olds do when they play on the riverbank; he shared my joys and mourned my losses; he returned home, weeks after disappearing, like some canine Lazarus risen from the dead, or some muddy and famished adventurer, returned bearing the stigmata of an alien leather collar and the remnants of link chain rattling at his throat; and he was always there when the school bus brought us home on dark January afternoons.

He was in his sixth year when he died. We never did learn what it was that killed him.

I was just turned 8. My brother and I had awoken together, or at least had left our loft, at the same time.

Together, we saw the barracaded door, a chair wedged tight against the neck of the doorknob and much of the living room's other furniture piled before it. On the door itself, and barely legible for all the stools and tables and pillows and sofas in the way, was a terse but emminently clear note.

"DO *NOT* GO OUTSIDE!!!!!

WAKE US UP FIRST!!!!!

Mom and Dad"

My brother and I crept up the ladder to our parents' loft and, gently, shook them from sleep.

I don't remember much besides my father, pushing aside the barricade, with love in his eyes and a .22 rifle in his hand.

Good old Dog and me

Dog had come scratching at the door at 3 or 4 in the morning, begging entrance to his home. He was foaming at the mouth. I imagine my parents looked in his pleading eyes as they made the decision that the dog (Dog!) would not be permitted egress.

The door banged shut and we watched him trudge through the snow. He approached the rum barrel that had been Dog's home and peered inside.

Presently, he stood straight again and slowly returned to the house.

There had been no need for the rifle. Old Dog was dead.

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God's sake...didn't anybody

God's sake...didn't anybody know about rabies shots back then???

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