What I Learned from My Aggressive Dog

Catelyn Silapachai
The Memoirist
Published in
8 min readMar 31, 2023

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Reagan and I by Inked Fingers

I was 25 years old when I adopted my first pet, a middle-aged retired racing greyhound named Reagan. In 2012, I was a young professional living alone in an apartment in Dallas, Texas. I had a long-distance boyfriend and enough friends, but I felt lonely at home and longed for a pet.

From my work at a large bank, I searched on the internet: “What is the best pet for someone who works long hours and…

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Catelyn Silapachai
The Memoirist

I write about books, parenting, politics, and religion. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, daughter, dogs, and plants.