The Daily Parker

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Thought of the day

"Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms.... But a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than a riot."—Robert Heinlein, Friday.

Happy primary election season!

Double bad news for Parker

Poor guy. I got two bits of bad news for Parker.

First, his bad butt has returned again, this time with bad, um, mouth as well. His vet suspects Crypto again, plus whatever else he may have picked up from his foraging in the yard. This time she was pretty direct in her prescription: No unsupervised, off-leash time at all, ever. So Parker will have to have walks with just me instead of going to the park or day camp for a couple of weeks. It also means that I won't just open the back door for him first thing in the morning any more.

Second, even though he's been the office puppy for more than a year now, the building manager told me yesterday Parker isn't allowed in the building any more. This surprised me, as no one has ever complained about him. We're still working this one out; I'll let you know how the appeal goes.

So, today Parker is recuperating at home, and fasting, which he doesn't mind given his morning. Tomorrow he's on rice and "sensitive stomach" dog food.


Chicago Tribune notice:

Nancy Aishton, 61, native of Janesville, Wis., lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, passed away Sept. 14 at her home in Evanston, Ill., of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Nancy is survived by her son David Braverman of Evanston; her mother Joan D. Aishton of Evanston (but native of Janesville); her two brothers and their families, Peter and Mary Ellen Aishton of Des Plaines, Ill., and John and Barbara Naland of Alexandria, Va.; and her uncle and aunt, Alan and Betty Dunwiddie of Janesville, Wis. A remembrance will be held Oct. 27, 11 am, at the Kenilworth (Ill.) Union Church. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please contribute in her name to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, Skokie, Ill., 847-679-3311.

Life's little joys

Sometimes the vignette on the ParkerCam makes me almost as happy as Parker. Like, seeing him just before the dog walker arrives:

But then there's a twinge when he's gone. At least he's happy:

And then he's back: