8 Days Until STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is the Top 10:
 
#8: Vader
 
Darth Vader IS one of my favorite things about Star Wars, but I’m going to take this to a personal place and talk about an old friend. Vader was my wife Jennifer’s dog. She had him before I even met her. She used to joke that I liked her because her dog was named Vader. That’s not entirely true, although that was A reason. He was a lab/chow mix and was, at times, a scary looking dog. He commanded your attention, much like his namesake. But also like the Dark Lord of the Sith, there was good in him. A lot actually. He was sweet with kids and liked most people (except the mailman). He was, however a bully to other dogs, from time to time. Ironically, there used to be a hound dog down the street named Amidala that barked at him every time he walked by. I always got a chuckle out of that. He couldn’t be bothered to chase a ball and he always liked to knock me off of my skateboard. But, he also would walk up to you and rub his head against you in a loving way (of course he wanted a neck massage out of you, but still…). Vader passed away a few years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. We have our dogs Granger and Kirby now, but I will always have a spot for Vader in my heart.