JEL INEK JOURNAL
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TO CANDY, MANNY, AND ALL THE DOGS I ’VE LOVED Enjoying Life as a Pet Owner
When my wife and I got married, she brought with her two Springer Spaniels, and I brought a Boxer with me. Our dogs were part of the deal, and thankfully, we were both dog people and knew our pets would be welcome in each other’s lives. I have been a dog person my whole life. Growing up, my family raised Boxers, and after all her children moved out of the house, my mom premiered her Boxers at dog shows. I always enjoyed the dogs we had, but I bonded particularly well with Candy, the Boxer we had when I was a young teenager. Candy and I got along like two peas in a pod. She slept downstairs with me every night, and she even got me in trouble one summer night when I tried to sneak out of the house. Candy was always finding her way into mischief. She once ate my entire birthday cake. Another time, she crawled around the fireplace and rubbed the soot off herself and onto the white carpet in the apartment we were renting. I’m sure Candy gave my parents nothing but headaches, but I loved her nonetheless. Throughout our marriage, Marilyn and I have had a number of pets. Today, we have two Springer Spaniels and 13 chickens. We had more chickens years ago, and back then, our dogs were scared of the birds. Today, the dogs and chickens are more curious about one another and often watch each other through the fence. At the time of writing this, we are expecting the chickens to lay eggs soon, and we can’t wait to crack them open and see that brilliant orange hue of the yolk again.
and beg for a ride back up to the house. So I would open my door, Manny would hop in my lap, and we would drive up the long driveway together nearly every night, without fail. Manny was a lovable, sweet, hilarious dog who made our home bigger and warmer. His antics are sorely missed around our house, and losing him has felt like losing a member of our family. As every pet owner knows, it’s never easy to say goodbye to your best friend, but if you’re anything like me, the joy of the many times you spent with them is worth it all.
But as every pet owner knows, the downfall of having a pet is the inevitable passing.
Sadly, Marilyn and I had to say goodbye to our favorite Springer Spaniel, Manny, this September. We adopted Manny when he was just a very small pup, and we were lucky to get 13 years of memories, fun, and laughter from him. My wife was particularly close to Manny, as she had raised him from a small puppy into his senior adult dog years. When I would kiss my wife goodnight, Manny would puff up his chest and go ballistic. No one was messing with his mom, not even his dad.
But Manny and I were still best buds. When I would come home in the evenings, Manny would run to the gate at the end of our long driveway
– H. Charles Jelinek, Jr., DDS
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