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Walking Around in Circles

I woke up Wednesday morning at 3 am and began the countdown. Seven hours left, then six, then three, then one… Each hour I committed to be present for Rumpy. No nose stuck in a laptop or phone. No busy work. I talked to him. I reminded him of the day we met. How after it … Continue reading

More From Rumpy

I am now assigned to work from home. It’s great to get to be here with Rumpy and the kitties more, even if I’m working. Especially now. Rumpy has taken a turn for the worse. He still eats well and never says no when I offer to take him outside, but his breathing continues to … Continue reading

Suck it Up, Buttercup!

I’ve been hesitant to write. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because my dog is dying and I don’t want to talk about that publicly too much. I know you’re animal lovers and that you understand. But stoicism is the message we’ve been given all our lives; you don’t grieve animals. You bury them and move on. And … Continue reading

Taking Comfort in Stock

We adults act like we can take anything life throws at us. And while most of us can, it doesn’t mean we’ll come out the other end unscathed. I vacuumed out my car yesterday afternoon for the first time since Rumpy’s diagnosis. Why did I wait two weeks? Maybe for the same reason I didn’t … Continue reading

Letting Go

As you know, we are soon moving to a new place in a new town. And as you know, Malachi died. I chose to bury Malachi in the yard beneath a tree here. It’s a tree where birds sing to us, and one of the homeless kitties often uses the tree to climb onto the … Continue reading

When You Grieve for a Dog…..

One thing about grief is that no matter how many times you’ve been through it before, it still floors you. Here are some of the things you might not expect to happen: You won’t want to clean up the dog poop from the yard, because by doing so you’ll feel you’re discarding what’s left of … Continue reading

And the Day Comes……

And eventually the day comes when you realize that this is the new normal, so you’d better get used to it and move on. I’ve been offered a job in North Central Florida, so I’ll be nearby Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee. I’ve got to find us yet another place to live and then get packing. … Continue reading

Rumpy the Consoler

I have been greatly surprised by many things in the past couple of days. I have been especially surprised with Rumpy.       Rumpy is not an especially affectionate dog. He lets me rub his head and he likes being brushed, but no hugs please, and don’t touch his feet. He is, however, an emotional … Continue reading

Paying Homage to Oom Splat

Today we allow our friend Nuala and her family to remember their dear cat Splat. -Rumpy I want to say a big thank you to RumpyDog for agreeing to my request and for giving me access to his blog as a way to pay homage to Oom Splat that passed away recently.  For the people … Continue reading

Dear DeDe- Dealing With Loss

Rumpy:  Oh Dog!  It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another edition of Dear DeDe.  Are you ready DeDe? DeDe:  I am present and accounted for! Rumpy:  Today we have a question from an anonymous poster.  She recently lost a well-loved dog and misses him something awful.  So do the others in the household. … Continue reading

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