Michael Aaron

Dog Days

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If there is something like buyer’s remorse for adopting a dog from the Humane Society, I think I am going through it now. More of a “what was I thinking” kind of thing.

Don’t get me wrong (and don’t send me nasty letters), I love the 85-pound idiot of a dog I chose. But, like any time you bring in a new family member, there is that time of adjustment that you just never think you’ll get through.

First — the separation anxiety. I can’t even get to my car before I hear the howling and whining. A LOUD howling and whining which only begets feelings of guilt.

Second — the kennel cough. All three of the dogs I have adopted from the Humane Society in my life had kennel cough. It is very much like a common cold, except that is goes on for weeks. Like, three or four of them. They give you antibiotics to administer (which can be fun), but they really don’t seem to do anything. Let me tell you: an 85-pound dog has a very large snout. Larger than mine. When this dog sneezes, take cover and pull out the industrial-sized mop.

Third — there is Vixen, Chance’s “sister.” Vixen, of course, needs extra attention through this period of time so she doesn’t feel unappreciated. She’s also not so sure of this horse-sized snot-dripping addition to the household. She seems to be warming up, but very slowly.

Fourth — this dog, when I am home, cannot be more than three feet of me. Try cleaning the house when, every time you turn around, there is an 85-pound knee-high obstacle to trip over.

Oh, there’s more, but I don’t want to sound (even more) whiney.

I was reminded, however, that Vixen was the same way February before last when I adopted her. Today, I can’t imagine being without her, nor can I think of anything to complain about with her.

So, I’m hoping beyond hope that I can make it through a few more weeks of slipping on slime and falling to the ground each time I turn around before we all adjust to each other and become the indestructible family unit that I’m sure we will.

If, however, you don’t see an issue of ­QSaltLake in the next two weeks, send the cops by my house to make sure I’m not crumpled up at the bottom of the stairs with a crying dog lapping at me. Thanks.

Michael Aaron

Michael Aaron is the editor and publisher of QSaltLake. He has been active in Utah's gay and lesbian community since the early 80s and published two publications then and in the 90s.

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  1. Hi Michael!
    I’d love to make your day better by offering you a free self-serve Dog Wash! We work with the Humane Society and offer a free wash with your adoption! Since we opened in April, you missed out on the coupon so…Come down!! Our Compliments! (just mention it to John or Ali) http://www.PawPawsDogWash.com

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