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You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.*

Friday, September 07, 2007

They were like ungrateful, self-centered teenagers.

They didn't see that their restricted freedom was a direct result of its abuse. They thought only of themselves, not the destruction--and cost associated with it--that went along with every pastime they thought to amuse themselves with.

They didn't understand that it was their frequent late-night (and mid-day) excursions that resulted in the chains that held them down. They only applied themselves more diligently to maximizing the time when security was lax for their escape bids.

Even at the end, as we drove away waving at them, they hadn't figured out that it would be the last time--that instead of posting their bail again, after they had tunneled under the fence and escaped for the second day in a row, we had chosen the less-expensive option of leaving them imprisoned at the S.P.C.A., rather than continuing to incur the costs and the stress of being their caretakers--a role they so obviously did not wish us to have.

Everyone has to learn that actions have consequences sometime.

Brutus and Suri, may you find some wide open spaces to exercise your neuroses on in your next homes.

I guess this is goodbye. Here's looking at you, kid.

*Dave Barry

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5 comments

  1. So sorry to hear you guys are dogless. Freeing yet sad in a way. What did you tell the boys?

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  2. I think Jason told them last night that they wouldn't be coming home--but Jude got to say goodbye, 'cause we stopped to pay the Surrender Fee on the way home from his first day of kindergarten today. As we were leaving, he said, "I'm gonna miss Brutus and Suri." "Yeah, me too," I said. And that was that.

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  3. I'm sorry! Maybe next time you could start with a really old dog that's too tired to tunnel...????
    LY

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  4. It's for the best. It broke my heart when I gave mine away but I know today that there really was no other way... and they really are happier living in my mum's house (with a garden) compared to being cooped up in a poky little flat

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