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Loving a dog means getting your heart broken in 10 to 15 years. You know it's going to happen, but there is no way to prepare for it. This week he stopped eating and drinking, and on the infrequent times that he would walk, he would shake himself and fall down. We sent him back to the universe at 10 am this morning.



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The grief is very fresh as we said goodbye to Maggie yesterday. She had a mast cell tumor and it spread to her central nervous system. We eased her to final sleep outside on the grass on a beautiful fall day. If you've been following this blog for a long time you know how important she was to us, if not, here's a little gallery of memories.

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What is that group of people doing, way down the concrete slope, sitting at the edge of the water?

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Alexis and I took our rental dog around the neighborhood.

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That last post was a rhetorical question obviously.

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It turns out we spent 95% of our time in Venice (you know, where Venice Beach is)
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The funnest thing is when Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross are in the exact same position.
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Jim surprised me by going belly-up for Diana Ross. This is how he usually greets Maggie, as an appeasement gesture.

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Alexis looks fetching in her Jonathan Coulton t-shirt and Fiona Apple sun hat.

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Fiona is shocked and honored that Jim is approaching her with his ball--he tends to bark at new people until he likes them. This is good stuff, him asking her to play with him.
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I looked up from my puppy minding duties to find that Diana Ross was missing! After some searching, I discovered her sleeping in the slim space underneath our propane grill.

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Then Stevie Wonder saw me laying on the ground and had to come over and get involved.

Puppytime!

Aug. 29th, 2015 08:08 pm
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Oh my yes we have two new puppies in our lives and in our house!

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We had a brief one night engagement with Calvin, a nervous goofy dog a little older than our usual fosters. Charlie got along with him pretty well, but Maggie took an instant dislike to him.

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After several hours of solicitous play bowing, Maggie decided she liked him and wanted to play with him. After his real foster picked him up, Maggie was looking for him and acting like she wanted to play.

Pride 2015

Jun. 20th, 2015 08:40 am
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A week ago I went to Boston (gay) Pride for the first time in many years. One of the first things I noticed was a lot more pet-based groups. Here I am posing with the MSPCA dog character, who somehow did not die in the heat.

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e briefly had 2 puppies in the house--our own foster Angel Pecan and his sister Macadamia ("Big Mac")
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Pecan was the runt, and still looks pretty puny here. (these were taken about a week ago, and he's a little beefier).

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Sunday was all about the new foster puppy "Pecan" (I call him Angel Pecan) and the many friends that came over to see him!
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Somewhere in this bed are two geriatric pit bulls.
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Now that the house is finally puppy-free for a while, the big dogs have been hanging out with us in the kitchen more. They enjoy cramming themselves into the tiny dog beds.

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