Paladin Pays Tribute to a Friend Who Died Monday

NOT KELSEY, BUT LOOKS LIKE HIM.

Dog Lady’s menagerie is down by two, after her “roof cat” and one of her rescue dogs died on Monday.

Two or three years ago, Dog Lady took in an old, battered and scarred pit bull. She named him Kelsey.

We don’t know anything about his history other than that he was homeless when she took him in. Some of her rescues can be adopted out, but as old, toothless, and scarred as Kelsey was, there was no chance of that. The thought ran through my mind that the local Mexicans had him and used him for pit bull fighting in his youth. There’s a lot of that and cock fighting among the Mexican population.

He was also bowlegged, perhaps indicating that as a pup he was starved. Kelse was a nice fellow, but he didn’t react well if there were other dogs around his food.

I could see him going downhill the last month, as he was less interested in the treats I brought. He would still take bites of hot dog though. But he struggled the last few weeks to get up from the ground and amble over to the fence where he was penned up. I would push bites of food through the fence mesh to him. Even when he didn’t want any food, he would still come greet me at the fence. He enjoyed my company and I enjoyed greeting him.

I will miss my canine friend.

Dog Lady also lost her orange cat that stayed on the roof of her house because he was afraid of the dogs. He may have been poisoned by the people at the thrift shop next door. He had wandered around on their turf for years because of his fear of dogs and everybody there loved him. Then new, anti-cat management took over. Dog Lady had a big blowout with them when they threatened to have animal control confiscate him.

Dogs and cats enrich our lives more than most things. Kelsey and Nino will be mourned and missed.

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