About a week the two oldest dogs in our pack — the pit bull Sunny and the old dog Chester  — turned 13.

Both dogs were born on the same night to two separate litters and share the same father. We figured their father  — a half-hound named Jack who belonged to my brother-in-law — got out out of his pen one night and got lucky not once but twice and sired a litter with a full-blooded pit bull named Lexi and another with a full-bred Jack Russell named Missy.