Kickass, the doorstop dog, listens today as the keeper expounds on how we—dogs as well as humans, are captives of our physical inheritance—good and bad, and there isn’t anything to be done about it. The keeper’s focus, in this regard, is his eyes, specifically their vulnerability to various eye diseases. So along with Dad’s heart issues there is Mom’s eye conditions that demand the best preventive treatment available. Thank you, Mom and Dad. You were wonderful in all respects, but couldn’t you have sorted through the DNA just a bit before launching another generation?
The answer to that foolish question is that maybe someday that kind of gene tampering will be a part of things, but we aren’t there yet.
In the meantime, the keeper deals with yet one more issue that speaks to how we take for granted so many things during our brief little ride on the planet, vision being one of them. And he notes that he wouldn’t have enjoyed any of that miraculous ride on the planet if it hadn’t been for Mom and Dad. So, the keeper thanks them again, and heads off to the VA’s very efficient UW eye clinic.