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    dee lancaster

    They seem like they’ll be here forever. We lost our lab last spring and I still get ready for a walk and go to call her. I housebroke her while I toilet trained me first son. Then she saw us through another pregnancy, life altering injury, divorce, single momhood, new love, another baby and marriage. Then all the regular day to day stuff. All she wanted was a few table scraps (all right, a few stolen gingerbread houses) walks and someone to throw a tennis ball. You don’t get all the way over a loss of a friend like that. Roxanne I love the way you talk about your pets. I wish all pets had families like yours.

    January 17, 2015
    • Labs seem to have a special way of getting into hearts – gingerbread houses aside! I love that yours was with you through so many significant events. Thanks so much for your kind words, Dee.

      January 24, 2015
  • Scorpioness! As a fellow Scorpio I can attest to this clinging to things being part of our nature. Also, the not immediately rushing out to tell the world how we’re in pain over such loss. We just lost our gerbil, Hefe, over the holiday and for a year or so now I’ve joked why he won’t just die already. His presence in our life is a long story but needless to say he was foisted off on my kid only to become my burden. I did good. I didn’t cry. Was able to talk our 5 year old through the concept of being dead and all that. And yet here I was reading your post with little tears burning my damned eyes for that stupid gerbil. Because as soon as he was gone I realized he’d taken up a tiny piece of my world. When I emptied the TP roll and went to take it off for him I almost blubbered as I realized that after 4 years of saving them for him… I had no one to shred the stupid things.

    Glad to hear Myshkin is on the mend though!

    January 06, 2015
    • It’s crazy, isn’t it? We’re annoyed by the caregiving (at times) but miss it when it’s over. I totally understand about you and Hefe. We went through a hamster phase when our kids were smaller.

      Maybe you’ll think of him fondly when you recycle the TP rolls now!

      January 06, 2015

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