The Elvis Tribute Essay

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Living alone, it's been said, is tantamount to keeping bad company.The mind has a tendency to over think when a person living alone spends too much time observing and analysing life, rather than participating in it. When the personal dialogue becomes too loud, it's tempting to think you have finally gone mad.And that… pretty much sums up my life up to this point.Evenings were usually the worst. After a day of activity at work, talking to colleagues, answering phones and generally being busy, the end of the day would fall away into an unnatural silence at home. The biggest problem with living alone was simply that there was no one to talk to. Sometimes, whole weekends would pass without a word being spoken. Spit has this strange way of crackling when you open your mouth to yawn when you haven't uttered a word for a couple of days. So, in order to remain rational and hold on to my sanity, I’ve come to the resolution that I should perhaps adopt a pet of some kind, and being a dog loving fanatic during most of my teenage years, that would in all probability be the sensible choice.The next step was where.Sure, I could easily head down to the local pet store and select an incredibly cute puppy, but I couldn’t bring myself to do so. Images of RSPCA ads started playing through my mind like a lengthy wave of warnings. It was notifying me that there are abandoned animals out there searching for the exact same love and companionship that I had longed for.The next day, relaxing in front of my laptop after long hours of work, I felt motivated to go ahead with this ridiculous plan. I clicked onto Google and enthusiastically typed in “dog pounds Sydney”. Within 2 seconds, a page full of websites loaded. Without thinking too much I clicked on the top result, the next page instantaneously greeted me with photos and beckoning lines of doggie SOS. Browsing through the available dogs brought on miserable feelings-- depressed as I knew I couldn’t save them all. It is heart-aching to visually tally how many had suffered abuse and deadly illnesses and required salvation. I decided to click on the “Success Stories” page to bring back the positive attitude that I initially began with, reading through them further encouraged me that this is going to work, and that I’m doing a good deed.Pained by the bright flashing warning words “death row”, I was certain that I should begin my search there and hopefully uncover my future partner.Anxiously waiting for the page to load, I questioned myself about responsibilities, and whether this is just impulse. A second later, a picture of an aged pug loaded; instantaneously I had lost my thoughts completely. He had beautiful eyes – a unique mixture of shades between grey and white. Those eyes conveyed loneliness, sorrow and a need for someone to love and be loved in return. He was lying down on his stomach with paws stretched out and his head clocked to the side. The hair on...

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