Cycles

From the Laundry Room

Inviting a pet into your life is an exercise in being in the now.

When I was searching for my Jack, I read about different dog breeds, and there was one section I still find troubling—life expectancy.

Jack is a Brittany, and the average life expectancy of his breed is 12-13 years. That’s not bad for a dog, I learned. Brittanys are “hardy” and “healthy.” They’re bird dogs.

For some reason, I’m distracted by this “limit” being so openly placed on my relationship. I have never entered into any other pairing with a “life expectancy.” I’m not sure what I would do if a person came into my world and said, “Let’s hang out and do things, but barring some freak accident, it’s all but certain I’ll die before you.”

Sometimes I’m not sure why I did it, why I chose Jack. I don’t like being left behind. I want to…

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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