Last year brought a young Rotweiler puppy past my patch, the owner, 25 had bought the pup from a breeder in California and I knew the moment I looked at him he was bred with AKC standard and exhibited a lot of promise.
I have a past in showing and competing with dogs and I loved what I saw.
Strong cross, good bite, impeccable shoulders, barrel chested with muscles roiling under a lustrous coat, intelligent eyes, stunning movement and a bouldering general impression.
Calm, steadfast temper.
25 loved his pup, walked him for hours every day, making sure to stop and talk every time he saw me.
I encouraged him to order a 9ft leash and he came up with a red harness himself.
Which was adorable but completely inappropriate on a 140 lb un altered teenage muscle bully male with the head the size of a sidetable.
A couple weeks ago 25 told me he signed up for obedience training with the AKC, the very first step on the path to qualify to compete for championship and I was so touched.
I didn’t say anything obviously but I saw the dog offering a path out of the hood and away from the affiliations.
I found out yesterday he went to join the protests downtown, got in to some tussle and was shot and killed on Friday.
I’m just heartbroken for the dog.
My heart crumbles thinking of the gang dogs locked up in unheated garages for life, kicked around dog fighting rings or used as bait dogs.
Watching tonights car chase I can’t help but wonder, was dude involved in murdering my neighbor?
47 people were murdered in Chicago last week, not sure how many , if not all were related to the civil unrest.
Tomorrow I’m bringing his enduring grand mother a rose to plant and I am hopeful to hear the dog stays in the family.
Rest in peace my dude.