Sixteen Great Big Ralphie Things

October 10th, 2013 12:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

2004-08-06 - RalphieBikini-006

Right back at ya, stud.
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Oh, Ralphie. I really thought you’d be here. I was convinced, right up until those last few days, that you’d live to see your sixteenth birthday – and beyond. You were so damn healthy and active, so full of life. What the hell did I know? Other than that I loved you with all my heart, that is. My little guy.

It’s been five months, and you’re still always on my mind. Rambling around in my chest, right alongside Kaylee. I still keep a running list of all the things I love about you – the things (so many things!) I want never to forget. I’d call them “Little Ralphie Things,” only they don’t seem so little anymore. As with Kaylee, I’ll add to this list every year until I run out. In other words, never.

Happy birthday, bud. I’m gnawing on a piece of fruit leather for you.

2001-Summer - Kelly&Ralphie-0001

Ralphie kisses in the summer of ’01.
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Sixteen Little Great Big Ralphie Things

  • That beautiful red fur. (I wish my hair was that color!)

    2003-10-10 - RalphieBDay-006

  • His musk. “Ralphie stink.” eau de Ralphie.

    2009-12-01 - Ralphie Pizza - 0006

  • My Other Boyfriend ™.

    2002-09-02 - WhiteLake-Day04Shot139 - Hiking-Kelly&Ralphie

  • How he tears up chunks of dirt by mouth when he’s digging (and especially excited).

    2011-04-13 - Ralphie & Rennie Digging - 0026

  • Always insisting on licking my hands when I’m trying to use the keyboard.

    2012-05-27 - Patio Office - 0012

  • Ears!

    2006-09-24 - RevisitingFairport-0044

  • His prematurely white snout.

    2007-02-04 - Opening X-Mas Presents - 0118

  • Stubborn, just like mom.

    2007-12-05 - Cpt Ralphie's Booty - 0022

  • Panty-chewing underwear thief!

    2001-Summer - Ralphie'MightyDog'

  • Trying to hump dogs three times his size.

    2003-11-28 - Mike&Dogs-002

  • How he only plays with toys when another dog shows an interest in them. What a jerk!

    2006-09-19 - DogTimesFive-0051

  • The superhair that used to grow under his armpit.

    2011-02-21 - Dogs! - 0024

    (I’m afraid we plucked it to death!)

  • Paws like paddles.

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0126

  • Ralphie + Shadow 4ever!

    DogJoy Cover 2

  • Nighttime snuggles.

    2003-02-12 - RalphieKellyBed03

  • Digging for squirrels in trees. (2013)

    2007-08-26 - Dogs Outside - 0050

    Wrong direction, goober!

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