Joseph, it's so refreshing to read about your life with dogs. They're definitely a major part of your family life. I've only had one dog in my life, and he was a "rescue"! He was an English Bull Terrier of the "Spuds McKenzie" variety. We got him when he was about 3, and he passed a couple of years ago at about 16 – quite long for his breed.
Your history with dogs is much more interesting and varied than ours, but we loved his humor and tenacity! Anyway, thanks for a glimpse into your Dogdom. It's nice to read some of your non-political writings, too!