Opinion,    wally the wonderdog,    Writing

Like Captain Ahab, But Without The Sparkling Personality

Posted by Tom Chandler 7/17/2012

On my last fishing trip I apparently jammed my right ankle pretty good, but it's taken a while to realize just how badly.

That's one of the downsides of becoming a geezer; things move so slowly that an injury a younger me would have noticed the next day takes 2-3 days to fully manifest. (Turns out I also groan more than I did when I was younger.)

So in what I'll suggest is a Kodak moment that will never, ever find its way onto the Internet, I'm writing with my right leg up on the corner of the desk, a feat of writing-related contortion so powerful I should rightly receive the Pulitzer just for making the attempt. (That it hasn't happened suggests they don't fully appreciate my talents either.)

Sadly, I'm not the only hobbler in the house.

Spoil The Wonderdog


Wally the Wonderdog has become my buddy in gimpiness, and unfortunately, his problems are less temporary than mine.

His anti-seizure medication dopes him up, slows him down and also plays havoc with his liver. I didn't like the seizures, but it's possible I like this even less.

We're giving him something to support his liver, but that goodness is being washed away by the more-frequent doses of Novox (an anti-inflammatory) that are needed to fight his increasing gimpiness, but which are also hard on the liver.

Things have reached the point where the L&&T and I broke down and bought one of those giant therapeutic foam dog beds from Orvis, and as promised, the damn thing is more comfortable than my own bed.

In fact, it's not clear why we're wrestling with cribs and beds for the kids; Little M liked Wally's bed enough that she tried to steal it, so as far as the kids are concerned, why not throw one of these in each corner and call it good? (Seriously.)

Of course, all this takes place as backdrop against the integration of M2 (Mihret) into the family alongside Little M (Meski). That's an unpretty process involving jealousy, infighting, verbal taunts, the denial of reality, and childish temper tantrums (sorta like the US House of Representatives, but with sippy cups), and it's illustrated an interesting point.

You want your kids to be happy, but it's clear they need to learn about entitlement, greed, whining and getting along with others. And you're willing to teach them those lessons by saying "no" to another toy/book/iPad/car.

The Wonderdog, by contrast, has already learned every lesson he needs to, and he's so goofy that nothing I buy him will ever change him (except for the better).

Which basically means at this stage of his life, I'm willing to buy him anything if it makes him happier. Like a therapeutic foam dog bed.

Pets fill an odd niche in our lives, though it's a little startling to realize they sometimes occupy a privileged niche higher than your own.

See you hobbling, Tom Chandler.

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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

13 comments
You're right. No WTW pics for far too long.
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My Chocolate Lab is the most affectoniate,loyal dog , goofy dog I've ever owned after 3 other breeds I had or own. She can read my emotions, current health conditions,or if its time to go for a ride in the truck. She sleeps with me every night, yeah I snore alot and Im getting older. Well written Tom, my best wishes to Wally the loyal dog and stream buddy.
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Damn! So sorry to hear about WTWD. Oh, and you, as well. Scratch his ears for me, and post some pics of him soon, please.
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Let me know how you work out the part where you get people to walk and feed you.
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Tom Chandler: Hell, after testing this one, I’m ready to buy one for myself and live the dog’s life. Going to have to look into this myself methinks... :D
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Erin Block: “sorta like congress, but with sippy cups.” That’s priceless. It's worse than priceless. It's our current state of government. Fortunately, I'm already doing better. I'm not sure about the Wonderdog; these days, he doesn't ever seem to want to get out of bed.
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Steve Z: I’m not sure where I stand but it’s surely a notch below Ripley. (...must fight urge to make snark about that being due to relative smell factor...)
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Hell, after testing this one, I'm ready to buy one for myself and live the dog's life.
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"sorta like congress, but with sippy cups." That's priceless. Mike is absolutely right, so much truth in this piece...and I hope both you and the Wonderdog are on the mend soon.
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The four legged critters, in our house a black lab, sure do fill an interesting spot in both our hearts and the family hierarchy. I'm not sure where I stand but it's surely a notch below Ripley.
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Therapeutic foam dog beds... I've heard it all now, hah. :)
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Mike: There’s way to much truth in this piece. Shame on you. OK. I groan about as much as I used to.
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There's way to much truth in this piece. Shame on you.
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