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Quiet Desperation

If we’re lucky, we’ll evolve until we’re as good as dogs

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Should anyone who impersonates an impersonator be allowed to vote? There’s an impressionist in Branson who impersonates Rich Little.

Should anyone who can’t remember when to put their trash out be allowed to vote?

Should anyone who says he is “like, really smart” be allowed to vote?

On the other hand, should anyone who adopts a special-needs dog be allowed to vote twice?

I think so.

How are your heartstrings today?

There’s an Aurora dog named Rex. He gets his name from T. Rex, because a congenital deformity stopped his front legs from growing below the joint.

He has always walked on his hind legs.

You may have seen dogs do that on Letterman, but they were performing. Rex does it all of the time, and, “He has no idea he’s different,” his new foster dad said.

There are other dogs just like Rex. You can find touching videos of them on YouTube.

By now, many of you know how I feel about dogs. Versus people.

Dogs don’t have it in for you if your religion or race or lifestyle preferences are different than theirs.

War isn’t one of their growth industries.

Physically, they are indomitable, and are capable of remarkable tolerances and recoveries.

Dogs like Rex are often unwanted and discarded.

Rex’s new owner, and those involved in his future, have thought about it very differently.

The Denver Post reported that Rex was crowdfunded a unique cart to improve his quality of life.

“Eddie’s Wheels for Pets spent four weeks engineering a special cart for Rex to act as his front legs and improve his mobility.”

Eddie’s Wheels for Pets should be allowed to vote twice too.

Rex was dropped off at an animal shelter because his first family couldn’t give Rex the care and attention he needed.

Along came Cameron Schumacher. I’d like to meet Schumacher, and I’d like to meet Rex.

Cameron and Rex are uplifting antidotes to the rest of the news, and the rest of the newsmakers (see: “I’m, like, really smart”).

Animal shelter chief veterinarian Dr. Louisa Poon thinks Rex will be a candidate for surgically implanted prosthetics, which cost $1,000 to $1,500 per leg, once Rex’s “growth plates” are fully developed.

I am considering another dog. The house and my life are too empty without one. I have looked at healthy puppies that come with every conceivable piece of information about their mothers and fathers, the climate of the kennel where they were bred, and what their favorite bedtime stories are.

Then there are the other kind, like Rex, who haven’t had it so good.

A dog’s personality is created in its first 16 weeks. They benefit from conscientious owners, and they are adversely affected if their owners aren’t committed to them during that time.

However, there are many stories about abandoned and neglected dogs who are rescued and adopted, and turn into joyful “critters,” as my neighbor Sue calls them.

She and her husband adopted Taz. Taz gets her name from the Tasmanian devil, because she was a wild child.

She not very good-looking, but she’s beautiful.

She’s a perfect reflection of her owners.

Schumacher already had two dogs. They were a little spooked by Rex at first, because of his differences.

Now they love him.

See what I mean about dogs?

Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@comcast.net.

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