underdeveloped ideas straining to be blog entries

As an occasional breeder of dogs, I’m amazed at the thought that all the Irish Setters we currently have (7) were born in this house and will (with no questions asked) spend their entire lives with us. They are not affected by the outside influences that sometimes strain human relationships and cause us to want to go our own ways. We could learn something from them.

The William S. Burroughs I just completed was sandwiched (I wanted to say “bookended” ha-ha-ha) with one by Richard Brautigan before and now the Kurt Vonnegut I’m currently reading. Compare and contrast…(mostly contrast)

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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4 Responses to underdeveloped ideas straining to be blog entries

  1. felixwas says:

    You have seven setters? Man! My wife and I have three Shih-tzus, one Yorkie and a Birman cat, and our place feels crowded. I can’t imagine what yours is like.
    Setters are beautiful dogs. Are they as smart as they are pretty?

    • marcsuttle says:

      If you work with them early and often – my wife does all the obedience training – they turn out well. After obedience everything else is easy. Most of our dogs have obedience titles.
      The “pretty” part requires constant work – once again my wife does it all.

  2. cwmackowski says:

    While they aren’t influenced by those things that sometimes strain human relationships, I suspect there’s a pretty clear-cut set of inter-dog dynamics at work in the pack, so they probably have occassional strains of their own, eh?
    Setters are such beautiful dogs. I bet your life is graced by their presence.
    What Vonnegut are you reading?

    • marcsuttle says:

      During the 22 years we’ve had dogs watching and learning about pack hierarchies as they are established, maintained and sometimes changed has been interesting. Thru it all thought the pack stays intact. Not so with human families who frequently divide into factions, separate and never speak to each other for the rest of their lives.
      The Setters are my wife’s hobby and it keeps her occupied full time. (I’m just the kennel help)
      Vonnegut – Deadeye Dick

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