So I’m the lucky guy who lives with Ramsey and Pablo. Notice I didn’t say that they live with me? My name is Chad Dressen and I grew up in Chaska, Minnesota. I was born on March 27th – the same day as Ramsey. I’m a huge sports fan – particularly Minnesota teams. I’m single and I’ll probably remain that way because I’m ‘the crazy dog guy’.
I’ve had an overwhelming love for animals as long as I can remember. I jokingly refer to it as a curse because I often find myself going well out of my way to help birds, squirrels, fish and just about anything you can think of. I’m in the construction field where we do a lot dirt work and I get a lot of flack from my coworkers because I’m constantly stopping equipment to save frogs, toads, etc… One time I even stopped traffic on a four lane highway to save a snapping turtle. He didn’t seem very appreciative at the time because he tried to take my hand off, but I told him he’d thank me later.
And don’t even get me started about dogs.
I grew up with a Golden Retriever named Rusty (real creative, right?). He was truly the best dog any kid could ask for. He belonged to the whole family, but everyone kind of knew he was my dog. He slept with me, and spent most of his time with me. We took him in as a stray puppy and he proceeded to live roughly nineteen years. Eventually I was faced with the decision to put him to sleep due to serious arthritis in his hips and legs and issues with sight and hearing. It was, by far the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make and still the worst day of my life. It affected me so much that I vowed to never have another pet because of the pain involved with losing them. But as most of us know, the happiness they bring while they’re alive, far outweighs the devastation when they pass.
Of course I would eventually wind up with a patient, but animated Doberman and an absolutely crazy Chihuahua. The rest is history…