A dog’s life

Nishiki [“ornamental”], my Airedale who just had his tenth birthday, is pissed. The County of Gloucester here in Tidewater Virginia won’t give him a senior citizen discount on his $25 annual dog license. Oyabun [Japanese yakuza equivalent of the mafia don, head of a little tribe including his wife and son] is a libertarian, and he claims he gets no service for the tax — we pick up his doo-doo which a privately hired dustman takes away, water is another tax and of course he earns his food with house-watching, and we are not sure the record would actually function were he in his old age to get disorented and lost.

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