A Rough Week

It’s been a rough week.

On Friday, I had to euthanize the dog that lived with me for a quarter of my life.  Today I suffered the official swearing-in of the man who’s doing the same thing to the country.  Tomorrow brings the public coronation.  I think I’ll pass. I miss my dog.  I miss America even more.

RIP America

President Barack Obama could not pass a background check if he was applying for a gun permit or a job. Why has this man been allowed to remain in office or take the oath for a second time? (Obama Could Not Pass a Background Check)

First Term: Obama Increased Debt $50,521 Per Household; More Than First 42 Presidents in 53 Terms Combined

First Term: Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’ Increased 8,332,000

First Term: Americans Collecting Disability Increased 1,385,418—Now 1 for Each 13 Full-Time Workers


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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31 Responses to A Rough Week

  1. bunni1 says:

    Bob, sorry to read about your beloved doggie. He is in heaven now, watching over you.
    I feel the same away about America, and I’m disgusted by the fawning over the coronation of the emperor w/no clothes. What sad days for the USA. Take Care

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, BUNNI. Named her after Lucy the White Elephant that’s been standing sentinel on the beach at Margate, N.J. (South Atlantic City) since 1881. Hope you’re doing well.

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  3. loopyloo305 says:

    So sorry Bob Mack, that is a very hard decision. You are in my prayers. God bless you!

  4. Bunkerville says:

    So sorry to hear, an immense loss I am sure. It was hard to do a post today, to even think about it. At least you mustered to the call.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Yeah, it’s funny … they start out as pets and gradually become family members. But, what are you gonna do, everything ends. Hoist a beer & sing the old Bob Hope theme song — “Thanks For The Memories”

  5. AFVet says:

    Sorry to hear about your dog Bob.
    On Saturday we had to euthanize our cat of 20+ years.
    My wife took it harder than I did. She was failing badly, could no longer walk.
    I had to tell my wife that it was time.
    I can’t stand to see them in misery.
    “Thanks for the Memories”.

    • muse1876 says:

      AFVet, We lost our cat of 20+ years 6 years ago. I see find his hair and every time I do a tear drops then I think of all the great times and comfort for those many years. My husband cried as well, and he is retired military! God bless

    • Bob Mack says:

      Yeah, when it’s time, it’s time. It’s sure quiet around here now, though.

      • AFVet says:

        Well, there might be another pup that would love to live with you.
        We also have a rescue cat that is going on 3 years old, and he is a dynamo.
        Maine Coon cat, weighs 25 pounds.
        He is into everything and is my buddy.

  6. muse1876 says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the lost of a beloved family member. When we have these “children” for many, many years it is like losing a piece of yourself. God bless.

  7. samiam60 says:

    I am really sorry to hear this Bob and I know from personal experience just how hard and hurtful it is. I lost my dog 7 years ago and have not been up to getting a replacement all these years later. I do think about him almost daily and like you said above….. Thanks for the memories.

  8. Take solaace in knowing that Lucy has gone to a better place. America went to a worse place after she died.

    • Bob Mack says:

      It was good to hear that Obama’s college groupies were shocked & dismayed at the jump in their health insurance due to the Big Red One’s “Affordable Care” Act:

      UnAffordable Care Act – Sticker Shock Stuns Students (Updated 10/30/12)

      Students across the country are cringing as the new medical insurance law’s mandates eliminate the affordable policies they previously enjoyed, imposing a new financial burden.

      “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. ” –P.J. O’Rourke, 1993

      1903. Is that a year? No, that’s 1,903%, which is how much medical premiums for students have increased at Louisiana’s Nicholls State University this year, thanks to a partial implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

      In March of 2010, President Obama signed what is now popularly termed “Obamacare” into law. Much of the new health law depends on making younger, healthy people who don’t use medical care pay for older, sicker populations who do.

      College and university students are now feeling the bite.

      Up until last semester, basic medical coverage at Nicholls State cost students just $75.05 for two semesters plus the summer session. However, these basic, inexpensive, limited policies don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s expansive requirements; they’re no longer permitted. Students are just one of many groups who cannot keep their old policies under the new law. Cost of a new policy? $1,503, a 1,903% increase.

  9. Ray's Mom says:

    Pets become an integral part of our family, and we miss them when they leave us. this pres is not an integral part of the American family and we will NOT miss him when he is gone.

  10. Freedom, by the way says:

    Thinking of you, Bob. A sad time. This saying always hit home with me:

    “We give them the time we can spare and the love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their absolute all. It is the best deal man has ever made.”

  11. So sorry about your loss Bob. I had a Lab mixed that passed on 13 years ago. She was a value added member that is sorely missed as yours is to.

  12. righthook38 says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Bob. I know that’s tough.

  13. I’ve got a slighly used, neurotic one-eyed hound dog if you’re in the market. 😉 Really, though, I am sorry you had to lose your puppy. That is never easy. I STILL miss my childhood pet, a cat named Muchka. Which is Hungarian for cat. Well technically macska but that was too hard to explain on vet visits. Think I’ll go now . . .


  14. Cheryl says:

    Oh, man…I am so sorry to hear about your dog, Bob. :-(( I’ve lost two in my life, both times devastated over it. I lasted 3 months after the last one and finally I said we HAD to get another dog to love. (getting older and said we better do it or it will be too late.) So we found a rescue (petfinders.com) named Bosley and brought him home….and his tail has not stopped wagging since then. So I hope there is another four footed friend in your future after you feel more like it. Also…agreed…the coronation and losing your dog in one week is too much for anyone to take. It looks like this is going to be a very bad and long four years. Now that I think of it…you are going to really need a new dog to love and cheer you just in order to assuage the pain of losing the nation. Hang in there!! My best to you…

  15. Bob,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your four-legged friend.

    In August, I lost, quite suddenly, my beloved cat Dusti. Cancer. I had her euthanized before the worst set in. I still miss Dusti every day. It’s all I can do not to cry over the loss!

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