(This blog was mostly written before we heard of Tommy’s passing. We dedicate this blog to Tommy and the best dog Dad we know, his Dad Steve.)
Dear Aunt Foley: What the hell? So one Dad makes a minor mistake and a dog steps into a grate and now all Dads are bad dog parents? I know lots of Dads who are great dog parents, and are raising their dogs on their own. I think you owe them an apology or you are going to get the reputation as an anti-Daddite - Katie
Dear Katie: Oh boy, I really opened a can of garlic with my last Ask Aunt Foley. I certainly did not mean to dismiss the love and care that so many Dads give their dogs. There is such a long list of great Dads I could not list them here but they include your Dad, Reese’s Dad, Hobo’s Dad, Tommy Tunes’ Dad, Leo’s Dad, Stamford’s Dad, and even my own Dad.
Just from my own experience I can tell you how great Dads are. Daddy took me for my walks, got up with me in the middle of the night when I needed to go outside, cleaned up my accidents, snuggled with me, played with me, and treated me like his little princess. And most of all he takes care of my Mom and works to make the kibble.
And there are Dads out there like Reese’s Dad who don’t even have a Mom in the house. I think being a single pup parent is hard, and even harder when you are a male (although he receives ample support from Reese’s Uncle R.) And when you are Reese’s Dad, well,Reese does come with his own set of problems, being an intact pittie with no regard for safety when nature calls.
Years ago on the mortal side of the Bridge I stopped a kitty from going into her house and the next thing I knew there were kitties picketing my house and I was called anti-kitty which could not be further from the truth unless they sat on my deck which truthfully pissed me off to no end. I was vindicated later on when it was proved the kitty didn’t belong in the house but there shall be no vindication this time (and the last thing I need is a bunch of sweaty men picketing Mommy’s house.)
So please all of your with wonderful Dads, accept my sincerest apologies for not recognizing their love, warmth and generosity. I shall never make that mistake again.