The Publisher's Desk: A goodbye to a childhood pet--and a childhood

Sarah and I always tease that we don’t want to get our girls a dog because we’ll have to keep caring for it after they grow up and move out.

Taking care of one grumpy cat seems like enough. 

But the truth is, I think there’s a lot of comfort and joy that can be had for your children’s childhood pet even after they are grown.
Recently, one of my childhood dogs died. 

Sonic, a black lab, has been a part of my family since I was in middle school. 

My dad bought her when she was a puppy — for the first several months, my sister and I didn’t even know what she looked like. She instantly was enrolled in duck hunting training school, so she was a fairly large puppy who was very good at chasing things down and bringing them right back to you. 

I remember her straight back and pointed nose as she’d stand at attention, waiting for my dad to throw the bumper. 

She was fast, too. And good at catching. 

But she was also good at playing. 

She’d wrestle with us on the living room floor, pretending to bite our arms or legs in mock defense. 

Nothing made her happier than if you scratched her back side or rubbed her belly as she lazily rolled around on the ground.

Her true nature came out at dinner time. As focused as she was chasing ducks in the field, it was nothing compared to the cold-eyed concentration of a dog staring at her food bin. 

She knew exactly when six o’clock rolled around every day and would quietly stare, drool hanging from her lips, until you opened it and poured a scoop in her bowl. 

And within seconds, all the food had vanished.

She lived a long time — I’ve been out of high school 10 years now. 

And while she was slower and grayer in her last days, she never lost that happy (or hungry) spirit.

It’s kind of odd — at this point, my parents have moved out of my childhood home and no longer have any of my childhood pets. 

So much is different — and yet, in so many ways, it’s exactly the same. 

And despite all this, I think we’re all a little bit closer.
Scott Dykowski is the publisher of the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and

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