I was going to continue talking about my trip to Europe with my family, but other events have led me to introduce another family member.
When I was 22 I had to put my dog, Max, to sleep. I'd had him since I was 8 and it was his time.
I’ll never forget bringing him to the vet with my stepdad. They brought Max in from the back room with a tube in his leg and begin injecting him with something to make his heart stop.
Max took his last breath while he was in my arms.
I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Max protected me every night, I could never leave him in his last moment.
I was a wreck for a while. It was hard walking in the door and not having this goofy, brindle pit bull run around the corner.
He usually slid into you since he couldn’t stop on the tile.
About six months later, a three month-old brindle female pit bull walked into my life. I named her Marley.
We were inseparable.
She was my running partner, feet warmer and my best friend.
I moved to Pittsburg in May and found out she was not allowed, so my dad took her back to Florida. She now lives with my friend, Matt, his girlfriend, and their pit bull, Bentley.
I asked Matt if he would ever move to Pittsburg and leave Bentley.
“Hell no,” he said.
My lease is up in May and I often wonder if I could go another year without Marley.
The reason I mention my longevity here and my buddy Matt is because I believe we are perfect examples of what Pittsburg should not be doing.
Millennials come here, get their education, then skedaddle. I believe millennials are a big missing link in Pittsburg’s success.
A study by marketing company Mintel says that the 18-24 demographic have the highest rate of dog ownership at 58 percent.
And pit bulls, like tattoos, are a popular thing among millennials.
So are tattoos next?
Over 20 people attended the Pittsburg City Council meeting on Tuesday to speak about repealing the ordinance banning pit bulls in Pittsburg.
Some people spoke against it.
Since I have been here, there have been attacks by dogs other than pit bulls.
So I say we ban all dogs — cats, because they can give cat scratch fever — and tattoos.
Or we can come up with some kind of better solution. I came from a city of over 850,000 that did not ban pit bulls and did not have a problem.
I think a city of 20,000 can figure out a solution.
Until next time,
Michael Anthony Stavola
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.