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Speaking of Shooting Dogs

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Speaking of shots and bringing down dogs, about 15 or so years ago I was working for an attorney in Austin, Texas. My son was living with his Dad out in the country, in an out-lying community from Austin. He had a female Rottie and an Austrailian sheep dog.

The neighbors male Rottie came over to “visit” my son’s female and got into a fight with my son’s Aussie, almost killed him. When Trey (my son) got home he sized up the situation and went and got his gun(s). Trey is a sharpshooter. He shot the dog a number of times but the dog was able to leave his property, returned home, went under his owner’s house and passed away.

That owner happened to be a Travis County Deputy Sheriff. Soon there was a letter wanting to be compensated for their prize Rottie. I mentioned it to the attorney I worked for who graciously said, `bring me the letter and get a statement from Trey.’ So I went home and got the letter and then a statement from my son.

I brought both up to my boss and kind of sheepishly said `and here’s Trey’s statement …..’ trailing off as I walked out his office. My boss came out and said, `How many times did Trey shoot the dog?’ I said, `About 10 or 12 times …. um….. he had to go back inside and get another gun …. he said

the dog just wouldn’t die! My boss responded, `Well damn! That dog

didn’t die of gun shot wounds, he died of lead poisoning! (a Texas type joke, in the same vein as Larry Gatlin.)…

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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