Some thoughts and considerations about getting a pet from Jessica Brody who was kind enough to pen an article on the subject for us. A pet should be considered family and a commitment. Sometimes they can be challenging like our Boston Terrier Tally but we knew she needed us and we were not going to discard her because she was sometimes “inconvenient”. She had a good, long life and I only wish I had known more then so I could have been an even better dog dad. Hopefully, armed with good information you will be the best pet parent you can be.
A Tale of Terrier, Tempest and the 80’s, A Decade of Decadent Materialism
How is that for alliteration? Her story could not be properly told without putting it in the context of the times. She was our “Marley”. Her name was Tally, short for Tallulah. Yes, I called her many things but Tallulah was not one of them It was always Tally. Was she trying? Yes. Did we love her? Oh yes, and God I miss her still.
Dad with his Boston Terrier, 1940
To understand her tale we must frame it in the decade that was… the 80’s. David Letterman’s gap-toothed grin was a familiar sight on our late night TV. MTV and VH1 were our new music sources, there were regrettable haircuts, shoulder pads and oh yes, the Berlin Wall did come down. After having our own big hair 80’s wedding, we moved in to a fashionable condo, I had a place for all my books and a great office but there was an empty space. For the first time in our adult lives we had a place for a dog. Having grown up with a boxer, it seemed that perhaps a smaller, similar canine version might be a nice addition to our lives and since we couldn’t have a dog naturally, adopting seemed to be the logical choice. After all, my dad had a Boston Terrier when he was a kid and didn’t seem to be emotionally scarred.
You see, there was no Animal Planet or internet with experts dispensing sage advice and handy tips. Yes, we did have running water and the motor car was pretty advanced by that time too. No giant Barnes and Noble, we thought it was grand to go to the book store in the mall which wasn’t much larger than a two car garage. There we picked up something akin to “Boston Terriers for Dummies” and the stage was set for Laurel to begin what she has done since the late 80’s…find a dog with big, lonesome eyes and a slurpy lick and the next thing ya know…we have a new family member.
Part 2, our first night home with a new fur baby and some changes in plans seem to necessary.
Wags and licks, dad, mom and your friends, Gracie, Mr. Molesley and Julie Ann
A notable royal wedding of the 80’s with the Queen looking on as though she has a gastrointestinal disturbance
The girls. mom and Tally
It seems as though I have always been a part of the fabric of their lives. My spirit inextricably woven into theirs. For those of you who have recently joined us you may not know my story, that my first adopter from Southside Animal Shelter brought me back and why. You can easily find my story on twodogdad under the categories. I celebrate two years of being safe and adored by mom and dad, a mostly tolerant sister and playmate in Gracie and now a chance to mentor Julie Ann and teach her from my vast expanse of wisdom gleaned from my two summers on this earth. I was especially glad to assure her she doesn’t need to be afraid anymore.-Mr. Molesley
My new T Shirt
Mr. Molesley’s T Shirt available on Amazon
Exciting news! We have been accepted in to the Amazon T Shirt design and merchandising program known as Merch. If you have a design idea or have a business or organization that needs the convenience and customer service that only Amazon can do, let us know.
Miss Gracie’s shirt
And here is a link to Julie Ann’s shirt
to see all the current selections just search “twodogdad” on Amazon.com
Other exciting news. We have acquired a new domain name and as soon as the trademark deal is done we will be making a transition this summer and update the page and have some more fun features for you.
Wags and licks, your friends, Gracie, Mr. Molesley and Julie Ann