People and their Pets

begin to look alike

sound alike

smell alike

even think alike

The same phenomenon

happens after marriage

A man and a woman

begin to take on the same characteristics

After 50 years

their similar qualities

become magnified

If a bachelor lives with his dog too long—

he starts to become an animal

And there is no hope for him

unless he gets married



being able to care for something

is attractive to women

and a man will not be alone for long

Take my brother-in-law for instance

He got a dog after high school

And he was married two years later

In those two years

He turned into a Lab

Jon’s dad referred to him as

“the animal”

It’s a good thing my sister loves Labs

When she and Jon got married

and started living together

they got another Lab

This one would grin

every time it did something wrong

I noticed that Jon began to grin too

I wondered what he was doing wrong

They moved to Mississippi

and one of their dogs died

The next time I saw Jon

there was something missing in his face

He was no longer grinning

He looked sad

A part of him

had died.

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