Wrigley 2004 to 2020 – RIP

wrigley March 13, 2004

Wrigley was the best dog we have ever had. Wrigley was the worst dog we ever had.

Wrigley was an unwanted puppy rescued from the side of a busy road. We had recently lost Snort, our first dog. Puppy Wrigley was very scared and clingy – for about 48 hours. Then the schnauzer part kicked into high gear.

Wrigley was smart, possibly the smartest dog we ever had. She was the easiest dog of the six we have had to house train. She learned obedience well on a leash. Wrigley was the best dog we ever had.

We crate our dogs at night. Wrigley loved her freedom. This was the beginning of a nightly struggle lasting more than a decade. She wanted to be free, we want her in a crate, Wrigley hid. She hid in so many ways. She would be motionless in a corner. She would hide behind stuff. She would hide outside. MVC-001F

Wrigley never ate a dog treat given when crated – ever. We even gave her freshly made bacon. She ate it the next morning when the crate door was opened. Wrigley was the most frustrating dog ever.

Wrigley loved people. She never met a human from infant to the elderly that was not her friend. She loved them all, greeted each one by putting her paws on them and wagging her tail. If a large number of strangers were in the house, she would “work the room” by greeting each person individually. We trusted Wrigley around everyone – she was the best dog ever.

Wrigley was a great walking dog. She never got tangled. Until her health collapsed in her last year, you could not outwalk Wrigley. Wrigley never tangled leashes when two dogs were being walked. Wrigley never attacked other dogs and every human she met was her friend. Wrigley was the best walking dog ever.

Wrigley always wanted to be with us. She did not want to be in our laps, just in our presence. She would follow us around the house (usually Lynn). Wrigley led, but had to keep looking over her shoulder or backtrack if she chose the wrong hall. Wrigley was a sweet companion.

Wrigley never showed pain – ever. Puppy Wrigley would flip herself over a gate, land on her spine on hard wood, and dash off. Shots, snake bites, accidently stepping on her, nothing ever caused a whimper or a yelp. Wrigley was the pinnacle of dog stoicism. Wrigley was the best dog ever.

Young Wrigley got bored. Young Wrigley would sit in Lynn’s lap, stick out her tongue just a touch, grin, and reach her front paw back and pop Lynn on the cheek. She did the same thing to my Niece Laura. Wrigley was a pest.Dread Pirate Wrigley2

Wrigley never wanted to play. Ball, tug of war, all of this was stupid. She wanted to watch for trouble. She watched a lot out of windows and doors. Wrigley barked at intruders: other dogs, people, cats and deer. Squirrels were beneath her notice. But once a stranger was greeted by Lynn or I, they became Wrigley’s new friend. Wrigley could be annoying.

Wrigley thought she was the best dog ever. Wrigley knew we did not need any other dogs. Lynn wanted a lap dog that would play ball, so she got Zippo. Zippo became the focus of Wrigley’s rage. Wrigley had a lot of hate. After months of discipline, Wrigley learned that she could not bite Zippo. But she could growl at Zippo, chew at his neck fur, block the hallway, block the path to Zippos’ food bowl, take Zippos ball, bone or whatever and then lay on it and go to sleep. Zippo was clearly a waste of oxygen.

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When Lynn got custody of her Nephew Sam (aged 16), Sam decided he wanted his own dog. So he got Max. Wrigley hated Max and only then decided hated Sam. Before this, Sam was a dear friend. Now, if Sam left the door open to his bedroom, Wrigley would go in and pee on the clothes on the floor. Wrigley would stare down Sam in a hallway, and then pee right in front of him. Wrigley was pretty perfectly housetrained – this was hate pee. Wrigley was the worst dog ever.Wrigley Sly Look Jan 29 2019

I got Panzer two years ago. Panzer is a miniature Schnauzer. Panzer plays amazingly well with other dogs and attempted to be Wrigley’s friend. Wrigley was elderly, in early stages of kidney failure, and slept constantly. Wrigley would have nothing to do with Panzer. Wrigley intimidated Zippo and Max – but Panzer lacks fear. Panzer started to torment Wrigley by snarling and jumping around Wrigley. Panzer would even nip Wrigley on the butt occasionally. Wrigley learned that Zippo and Max were not the worst dogs ever – Panzer was. But elderly Wrigley could no longer do battle with teeth and claw.

Wrigley started asking me for a handgun to kill Panzer.Wrigley Aug 2019

Wrigley continued her decline. She ate little, slept even more, and became skin and bones. She gradually lost almost all hearing and sight. Her arthritis accelerated.
Another dog, Dash a four pound Sheltie puppy came into the house. Elderly Wrigley snarled and snapped at Dash. Puppy Dash was terrified and gave Wrigley a wide berth. As Dash grew into an adult, he continued to avoid Wrigley and had a certain level of respect and fear. Wrigley hated Dash less than every other dog that came into the house. IMG_9583Panzer & Dash Nov 2019

Wrigley’s teeth started rotting. She had four teeth removed in 2018 and felt better. She ate a little more. In late 2019 another 8 rotted teeth were removed – but Wrigley’s appetite did not improve. Wrigley had lost 25% of her weight, was mostly deaf, blind, and somewhat toothless. By Summer, 2019 she could not get onto the sofa without a doggy stepstool. Wrigly & Zippo July 2016

By October, 2019 Wrigley started falling. Her back legs no longer worked reliably. By December she could no longer get on the sofa on good days – even with the doggy steps. Almost nothing could get Wrigley to wag her tail, even briefly. She hurt, but never moaned, whimpered or complained. Wrigley was a tough old dog. Wrigley was the best dog ever.Wrigley Nov 2019

We had to put Wrigley down last week. Although she never complained, she was suffering. The tail did not wag. Wrigley got a fresh strip of bacon from Auburn’s meat lab every day for her last ten days on Earth. Meat lab bacon is awesome! But Wrigley’s tail barely twitched.Wrigley Christmas 2019b

The vet gave Wrigley a sedative to put her to sleep. She went to sleep over the next five to ten minutes sitting in my lap with Lynn and I petting her and telling her she was a good girl. Once she was in deep sleep, the vet gave her the final shot. Wrigley’s death was probably easier than mine will be. She was a good girl – the best dog we have ever had in many ways.

We will never have another dog like Wrigley – we hope. Rest in Peace.

Conclusion of the Battle of the Philippines

Last Major Imperial Japanese Navy Attack – Two huge IJN fleets are spotted sailing towards ships supporting the US landing on turn 17. Three Battleships are the core of the Western Fleet with 2 BBs in the Southern Fleet. The battle and the war are lost if these fleets can sink 4 support ships under AI control (marked blue on the overview map). With no carriers the IJN must close to naval artillery/torpedo range. 29 - Jap Fleet Arrives30 - East Fleet31 South Fleet

Concurrently the US gets substantial naval points to deploy fleet units – but no aircraft beyond three outdated squadrons attached to the Baby Flattops (escort carriers) in the Western Fleet. Reserve surface ships were enough, so no fleet elements were purchased. The US surface fleet has less firepower than the Japanese, but many dive bomber squadrons. Two Fleet Carriers are on station. 32 - US South Fleet33 - US East Fleet

Both US Fleets withdraw at full power to give the dive bombers maximum time to savage the Japs. 34 - US Fleets Withdraw to Buy Time35 - Naval Battle Big Picture

 

Many Destroyer Squadrons Sunk While Land Forces Advance! – Both Japanese Fleets suffer major losses as dive bombers target the destroyer escorts. The destroyer squadrons were targeted to reduce long-lance torpedo attacks and enemy fleet scouting range. By the end of turn 20 most destroyers were sunk. 37 - Three DDs Sunk Turn 1938 - T20 Another 2 DD Squadrons Sunk39 - 2 DD Squadrons sunk in South on T20

US Marine and Army units backed by substantial armor and heavy artillery continue advancing towards the last victory city on the far West Coast. 36 - Driving to Last Victory City in West on T19

Unexpectedly, two units of Japanese Paratroopers were spotted on transport aircraft. Since US forces have total air dominance, they won’t survive long enough to make their drops. The overview shot shows the distance the IJN fleets must sail to reach the defending US surface fleets. 40 - Turn 20 Big Picture

 

Japanese Fleet Retreats After Heavy Losses – In an unexpected move, both Japanese fleets went into full retreat after all destroyer escorts were sunk. US Helldivers took few casualties but pilots flying obsolete Dauntless Dive Bombers off the baby flattops took heavy losses from concentrated anti-aircraft fire. 42 - Turn 22 South Fleet43 - Last Escorts Sunk on Turn 2244 - Turn 22 Big Picture45 - Turn 23 Jap Fleets Retreat

 

Last Advance in the Philippines – General Wrigley takes the stage at what he hopes is the last general staff briefing. “Fellow Officers, I know many of you were grumbling when your Navy dive bomber support was withdrawn. Since those Helldivers reached their repositioned carriers in the nick of time to sink the Japanese Navy targeting our supplies, hospital ships, and transports – I’m sure you will now agree with the Admirals’ decision to reposition those squadrons. The Navy is having outstanding success against both Japanese Fleets and our supply ships are safe. Still, we will not have dive bomber support for the rest of the campaign. Our massed heavy artillery means we probably won’t need it.

Our Marine, Army and Armored forces are about a week (two turns) away from capturing the last objective. Well Done!

On a sad note, doctors have informed me that this is my last campaign. I’m worn out and am unlikely to make it into next year. The Doctors also inform me that I’m a Schnauzer mongrel and am unfit mentally and physically to command troops – although I boost morale whenever I’m seen. Regardless, I’m sure that historians will think that it is very silly for someone to put a dog in command of forces simply because they were looking for a General’s name.”

[Like many, I name characters in RPG and wargames after things that make me happy. Wrigley will be 16 on December 7, 2019 if she makes it that long. Her health is rapidly failing. We lost Sgt. Zippo last year to old age. But new recruits Panzer and Dash have joined the ranks].

General Wrigley led a successful ground campaign capturing the last victory city on turn 24 and achieving victory on turn 25 – a full 25 turns ahead of the deadline. She (yes, when she was forced to retire by reactionary elements in the Pentagon) was discovered to be both a canine and female.

PS – no disrespect is intended to those in my father’s generation who fought in the Pacific. Many never returned. Many who did return bore visible wounds and less visible horrible memories.

41 - Land Advance Turn 2246 - Turn 24 Last Victory City Captured47 - Victory48 - Took Advanced AviationGeneral Wrigley - Above Ground for Now

 

Wrigley

We got Wrigley fifteen years ago as a rescue puppy.  She is now elderly and mostly sleeps.  Pictures are from today.

wrigley sly look jan 29 2019

wrigley gaze jan 2019

Everytime I see her I’m amazed how small she is.  I’m even more amazed how small she is in pictures.  Her top weight was 20 pounds and she has gotten scrawny as she got elderly.  Her personality is so big it is hard to remember how small she actually is.