Eighteen Little Ralphie Things

October 10th, 2015 12:00 pm by Kelly Garbato

2008-10-19 - Kelly & the Dogs - 0011

Oh, Ralphie. I loved the fuck out of you. Still do.

You were my first dog and my reddest dog. My laziest (initially) and most active (once you discovered digging and went all MMA with it). Terribly sweet but not interested in taking any shit from the newcomers. You adored Peedee (once you got used to his annoying puppy-ness, that it) and loved Rennie. You made them your siblings, and then all but ignored Kaylee and Jayne (and later Mags and Finnick). You were head over heels for Shadow, but when we returned to New York for a visit, it was all about Copper.

You were a man of contradictions and complex layers. You also liked to eat poo and dug holes with your mouth. Go figure.

2002-12-31 - SneakyRalphie-0014

I love all of you, and not just because you were my first (though that does afford you a special place in ye ole cockles). Shane wants to adopt another wiener dog, eventually, but I’m not so sure. (Unless we get a pair and name them Sam and Dean Wienerchester. That is an opportunity I simply cannot pass up.) You’re one of a kind, forever and always.

I still miss you like crazy, but for the first time since you passed, this annual birthday post has brought a smile to my lips instead of tears to my eyes. Rereading previous years’ posts, searching through old pictures for just the right one, adding one more Thing to mark your eighteenth year…it hurts a little, but it’s a good hurt. The price of having known and loved you for four thousand, three hundred and seventeen days. I’d say we made out pretty good, don’t you think?

Until next year, my Ralphie Bear.

Sunday Afternoon

 

Eighteen Little Ralphie Things

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

    2008-03-11 - Dogs Outside - 0096 [1024x768]

    2003-10-10 - RalphieBDay-006

    2012-12-04 - Ralphie - 0004

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

    2007-06-28 - Dirty Ralphie - 0004

    2009-12-01 - Ralphie Pizza - 0006

  • My Other Boyfriend ™.

    2002-06-17 - Kelly&RalphieAtTheGame-0019

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

    2006-09-24 - RevisitingFairport-0049 [modified-square2]

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

    2006-12-06 - MuddyRalphie-0003

    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!

    2004-01-11 - RalphieTire2-010

    2012-09-12 - Ralphie - 0003

    2006-09-24 - RevisitingFairport-0044

  • His prematurely white snout.

    2006-12-26 - Ralphie (Croc Hunter) - 0012

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

    2012-09-24 - Outside with the Dogs - 0011

    He grew into it, okay.

  • Stubborn, just like mom.

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

    2006-12-02 - RalphieFestivus-0011

    2004-08-06 - RalphieTop-006 [1024x768]

  • Panty-chewing underwear thief!

    2001-Summer - Ralphie'MightyDog'

  • Trying to hump dogs three times his size.

    2003-11-28 - Mike&Dogs-002

    Or just his size, in lieu of.

    2005-08-01 - RalphiePeedeeORen-0026

    And also vice versa.

    2006-09-30 - PM-Kaylee&JayneMake5-0308

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

    2004-03-25 - PreyTime-009 [1024x768]

    2004-03-25 - PreyTime-027 [1024x768]

    2004-03-25 - PreyTime-030 [1024x768]

  • 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

    2012-10-03 - A lazy afternoon with the dogs - 0037

    2012-05-27 - Ralphie - 0005

  • Ralphie + Shadow 4ever!

    2002-01-13 - Ralphie&ShadowPlaying - Shot18 [1024x768]

    2002-09-01 - WhiteLake-02-039

    DogJoy Cover 2

  • Nighttime snuggles.

    2003-02-12 - RalphieKellyBed03

    2007-12-22 - Kelly & the Babies - 0014

    2003-09-19 - KellyRalphie&Peedee-04

    And occasionally daytime, too.

  • Digging for squirrels in trees.

    2006-05-11 - RalphieDigging0004

    2007-08-26 - Dogs Outside - 0050

    2007-08-26 - Dogs Outside - 0065

    Wrong direction, goober!

  • That silly little game where I’d bat and slap the area in front of him with my hands and he’d kinda sorta pounce on them, but without actually moving his body – instead it was just the two of us slapping at each other, making little whoof whoof noises.

    Sadly I don’t have any photos of this, so instead here’s a video of Ralphie attempting to pick my pocket of tissue with his ridiculous t-rex arms. Enjoy.

  • His ginormous (metaphorical) balls. He was always friendly enough towards strange dogs, but if they showed him any sass, he was not afraid to take a motherfucker down. Or try, anyway; his damn woman (that would be me) was always getting in the way.

    2006-12-26 - Ralphie and Rennie - 0017

    2006-12-26 - Ralphie and Rennie - 0011

    Like that time he cornered a badger in the shed and it took an oversized push broom to break them apart.

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