January 2018

Gus Rampant



A Rolling Stone Sunday

Went out to see Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas last night. A fun film save the next to last scene with the poor waitress that turns the film into a downer. 

The drive home I put on some Rolling Stones. Nice mellow music but still rock n roll.

Sunday was nice. I cleaned while listening to the Stones,cleaning has become my habit as cleaning keeps me from spending money on silly things.

Cleaning I realize how often my ex must have battled dust in our home. Seems like just last week I swept up the house and here I am sweeping enough dog hair to make a new dog. The odd thing,I think a lot of that hair still belongs to Nick and Nora who I haven’t seen since last April.

I miss Nick and Nora but I’m glad they’re with their mother.  Nick was an especially fine dog and Nora was a lovable grump.  My very own Gus is a lovable lout who likes to lay on the sofa with me and watch hockey. Despite his short fur he still manages to drag a lot of dirt into the house.

Sunday has become shopping day.  I go to Sam’s Club and buy my food for the week. This week I again BBQ’d four chicken breasts and some beef for meals.  I’ve been enjoying taking my own meals and besides saving money I seem to be losing weight. It doesn’t hurt that I’m cutting out the sodas at lunch.

All and all it has been a good day. I got some things done,played some xbox and talked with some friends. All and all I’m pretty lucky.

I wish I had something more profound to say here. I’m just rambling. I’m getting used to the empty house. I guess its the emptiness in my heart that’s going to take longer to get used to.

Good night my loved ones.


Things that make you grateful

You wouldn’t think it,but a flat tire can make you grateful.

I was driving up the freeway after taking Gus for a check up.  Good news he’s in good shape except for some hook worms.  On the way home,the car began to shake violently.  I had no idea what the hell it was.  When I pull over the back right tire was flat.  Texas has this road side assistance program where if you have a flat,then they will show up with a flat bed tow truck and get you off the freeway.  They’ll even change the tire for you. I didn’t even have time to think about getting out of the car and change the tire myself before a police officer had arrived and informed me he had called the tow truck.  A few minutes later the car was loaded up and they dropped Hope,Gus and I off at the local tire store.

This was all free of charge except for the cost of the new tires.

But after I paid I got in the car and drove around the back of the tire store to get Hope and Gus.  There they sat on Gus’new cushion for his crate.  I really have no clue what this relationship is,but I can tell you at that moment seeing the two of them waiting for me was the nicest thing in the world.

It’s nice not to be alone.


The saga of Gus

December 28th I took the day off work and spent the day doing errands with the girlfriend. As we were heading home she asked if we could visit the local SPCA so she could see the puppies.

Once we get there I really don’t want to go in because the homeless puppies make me sad. I was upset that it was the day I had been abandoned. Hope looked at me and smiled but I adopted you!

We wander the isles. A carcophony of barks from giant half breed canine sins against god filled the room.  I don’t see anything that moves my heart.

We passed a cage and like a tiny Hannibal Lecter sat a quiet dirty little schnauser. We eyed each other.

I read his paperwork. Seems he was abandoned by his family December 27th. I was abandoned December 28th one year ago.  So I understood his fear and confusion,we’re kindred spirits.

I looked down again and his little nub tail wagged. I put my hand under the cage and he came forward to sniff it.

I was done.

Hope got him for my Christmas,Kwanza,Hanukkah present and he’s quickly become part of our family here.

I’m grateful to Hope for inviting me to take a risk. It’s nice to have a dog again.


New addition


Got a dog. We’re calling him Gus.