Kian, I'm very sorry to hear about your OH's brother. Is the artery blockage from eating bad foods or from the smoking?
My dad has been smoking since he was 14. I honestly think it's a miracle that he's turning 60 in Jan and hasn't developed cancer. They say it's the length of time you've been smoking that is the biggest factor, as opposed to the number of cigarettes per day.
Small rant/story ahead (feel free to skip over!)
I was out walking benson this morning around 6:30am. Usually there's only one or two people out that early. About 30 seconds into our walk we ended up behind a lady with two small dogs. Her dog stopped to have a poop so I figured I'd pass them since we were walking pretty fast anyways. The dogs were on a flexi leash
and we hadn't seen them before so I got to the edge of the sidewalk (the lady was on the grass towards the road) and I put Benson on the other side of me away from the dogs. He pretty much does that himself now because he is pretty wary of dogs he doesn't recognize as many of them aren't nice.
Anyways, we gave them a wide berth and all of a sudden one of the dogs starts going crazy and barking. The lady first tries 'reeling' it in then somehow lets go and the dog has full freedom to come running at us. It ran behind me and Benson then skirted in front of my to try to get away, the dog followed him and long story short I ended up tangled in the stupid flexi leash. Those ropes are small so it was digging in pretty badly and I was pretty upset.
I realized quickly the dog wasn't a threat (he just stood in one spot once he got tangled and barked, but no growling). The lady is going "Sorry, sorry he's not my dog." And as usual when someone's dog goes for Benson I said "No worries", then untangled myself and tried to continue on my way. That's when HER dog actually tried to snap at Benson from behind and of course he tried to bolt.
Urg. Just so frustrating. I don't know if any of you use these flexi leash things but I think they're horrible. There have been numerous occasions where a dog has gotten too close for comfort to Benson because the owner can't reel it in. I think they should be banned in urban/suburban areas for everyone's safety. They're great for trails so your dog can sniff, but people just seem to have no control over their dogs!
**searched "flexi leash" (wasn't sure if it was leash or lead) and the warnings came up saying to not use them with uncontrollable dogs, and that they can get wrapped around people and cause cuts and abrasions. Would yeh look at that.
Anyways. Sorry for the massive rant. Everyone can continue on in peace now:) ahha