An unknowing teacher, Vector brought out the best in us. He helped make an already-good marriage great and, in the process, transformed a couple into a family.
But alas, his infinite lovability helped doom his monopoly on our affection: On March 18, Vector became the proud big brother of Nicholas Li Dale, our first (human) child. In Vector, Nicholas has far more than a pet; he has a boisterous, floppy-eared street scholar who will help him learn several important life lessons. Here are just a few.
Resilience is rewarded
From his scarred snout to his bitten-off tail, Vector's life as a stray left him scarred from nose to nub. But the former is still held high, and the latter is still wagging.
Before finding his forever home, Vector survived in a hot, humid hellhole where food was scarce, drinkable water even scarcer. All of 20 pounds, he fended off larger dogs in similarly dire straits for everything from a morsel of nourishment to a safe spot to escape the Caribbean's unforgiving sun and thunderous downpours.
Vector lost a tail. A toe. A chunk of his right ear. His deep facial scar recalls far more than a flesh wound, and his body was ravaged with heartworm and tick-borne ehrlichia, each of which can be individually fatal.