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A Boomer And His Dog
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A Boomer And His Dog

We Baby Boomers grew up in a time when having a dog was second nature. I always had a dog and well remember the many good times we had.

1. Riding my Bike: my dog was always trotting beside me and guess what, without a leash! We would tour the neighborhood and where you saw one of us you saw the other. Like a kid and his shadow…although I think that sometimes I was the shadow.

2. Hikes up a mountain: I used to spend my summers in our wide open back yard which was actually the side of a mountain. Many mornings I would pack some things, including a can of something, and head out and up. And guess who was right beside me? My dog…or sometimes more than one as it seemed we always had a pack. Off we would go and climb through the trees, often pausing to look down at the valley below. It was great and we always felt above everything, which for a teen was probably a great way to deal with all the peer pressures and thinking “what will I be when I grow up”. And then I would look at my dog who would wag his tail and say “hang out with me, dude”.

3. Tell my sorrows to: who else but a dog to listen to the trials and tribulations of a teenage boy. Never passing judgment, always on my side, and loving it when I sat down so he could lay across my lap. Such a reassuring thing and a great way to ponder upon the complexities that seem to overwhelm.

4. Bedfellows, usually more than one: have you ever allowed your dog to sleep with you (meaning, of course, before you are married)? Such a comforting thing, especially when they curl up into your stomach and snore their way to pleasant doggy dreams. But I can’t! Because I usually had more than one dog and they insisted on laying down one side of me and up the other. I literally used to sleep with four dogs…one on each side, one across the foot of the bed, and the other under the blankets tucked up against me (because of the other dogs). Talk about cozy. And I wouldn't give it up for anything.

You see, Baby Boomers and dogs seemed to flourish around the same time so it seems quite natural that we would not only grow up together but also grow old together. Great times were had by all!


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