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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Anybody want a sweet little dog?

November 08, 2009 at 08:58 PM

Well, this place is turning into a zoo. First the stray cat showed up. Now a stray dog has moved in. Good thing we don’t live on a farm or we’d probably have 65 cats and dogs.

The latest little miscreant to show up was the cutey pictured above. The boys call him Squeaky. He actually is a cute little stray. He showed up Saturday and tried to get run over a few times on Main St. (also Illinois 78, a busy street in front of our house) before we lured him into the yard. I just can’t bear to see a dog hit by a car. I’ve been through it before as a kid and I will never forget the moment that dog died in my arms. I can still see his eyes glassing over.

Anyway, so far nobody in town is claiming Squeaky. That’s not good news for me, since the attachments are growing stronger every day. But I’m not willing to feed another dog unless it’s a black Labrador female named Buck. OK, we might not name her Buck. But that’s what I will call her. She will be on the scene next year if all goes as planned.

So, if anybody wants to step up and claim Squeaky, have at it. I think he’s a miniature doberman. He’s got a docked tail, he’s not neutered and he’s good with our kids. He’s a bit spooky at first, but has taken to climbing into people’s laps of late. He licks Boo Boo in the face, too. That’s probably bad parenting, but life is what it is. Hawk enjoys his company and they have been running the yard with reckless abandon. The cat has whupped him twice, which is good, since he’s not coming in the house.

E-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any interest in this pup. He has only a few days left here.

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