Twenty-Four Little Mags & Finnick Things

September 3rd, 2016 12:00 pm by Kelly Garbato

2015-10-11 - Mags-Approved Reads - 0005 [flickr]

Mags –

I LOVE YOU SO FUCKING MUCH, MY SWEET BABYGIRL! I can’t believe it’s only been five years since you noodle-walked into my life; it feels like you’ve owned a part of me forever.

There are so very many things I love about you, good and bad. Is that weird? If any other dog gave me love bites or barked at me to hand over peanut butter balls that they didn’t even want, it might not be so cute. But somehow you make it work. You are fierce and funny and so damn sweet, even when you’re trying not to be. I guess it helps that you’re old and have a bum hip. Like, how much damage could you do, even if you tried?

And it’s not like you do. Try to hurt me, that is. I know because occasionally I’ve been on the receiving end of your “real” bite – like when I try to trim your nails – and you pack a surprisingly mean one, for an old girl who’s missing a fair number of her teeth. Nope. All the mouthiness is just your way of professing your love for me. I {{nibble}} you right back.

I love how great you are with O-Ren, and with Finnick. We may only have three of you little buggers left, but it’s shiny that you all get on so well; you guys make a nice pack, as little as it may be. I even love how not-great you are with the fosters; it’s ironical, since it’s more or less how Kaylee treated you. Howdya like them apples?

Even so, I’m sorry the newest fosters are putting you out so. I’m starting to think that maybe we rushed back into it after Jayne’s passing. I thought that you guys could use a distraction, but perhaps quality time with mom would have been better. Plus Brutus is so damn fluffy and cute. It must be eating you alive.

But I love you and you know that and I’ll take a little extra time on your birthday to remind you of that fact. You’re my sweet little babygirl, my lovable little shithead. My Mags and Cheese, my Mad Mags; my Mags and Other Monsters, and my Baked Magsaroni. My sun and stars, my little spitfire. The one and only dog I photograph next to serendipitously-titled literature, much to your annoyance.

Wishing you a happy fifth adoption day anniversary (and an even happier thirteenth birthday), and crossing my fingers and toes for five more.

– Mom

 

2015-07-29 - Playing Dressup - 0046 [flickr]

Dear Finnie Boy,

I never would have guessed that when Kelly called me five years ago about two dogs in a shelter, that I was about to meet my constant companion for the next five years. You were called unadoptable and we already had five dogs, but we did the crazy thing and took you and Mags home with us. I don’t remember how many days it took, but soon you were following me around, curling up next to me on the couch, curling up on the chair in my office, and curling up next to my hip at night.

I’ve loved all the dogs equally, but you and I are a pair. I could be sad and bummed out, and you’ll still want to lick my face like nothing is wrong in the world. You don’t mind if we watch a bad Sasquatch show, as long as I pet you. I’m still the only one who can pick you up with without a freakout. We’ve been best friends for almost every day you’ve lived with us, and we’ll be best friends even after we’re both gone.

How much code have you watched me write? How many times have you heard me lay down on a bed and immediately break into a run to go find me? How many nights did you sit on my lap while I played video games? I wish I had counted all of that and more, and maybe that would approach a way to quantify how much you mean to me. But you know, I bet it would fall so very, very short.

–Dad


 

Thirteen Little Mags Things

  • All that extra skin!

    2013-05-06 - Outside with the Other 6 - 0002

    2014-03-11 - Birthday Girl Rennie - 0018 [flickr]

    Mags is a fat dog trapped in a skinny dog’s body.

  • Biting her nails instead of letting us cut them. Usually in bed! I know gross right?

    2011-09-11 - Mags! - 0001

  • Long afternoons spent sunbathing.

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0217

    2014-08-14 - Mags - 0002 [flickr]

    2014-03-15 - Peedee's Gotcha Day - 0020 [flickr]

    2015-12-10 - Enjoying the 60F Temps - 0011 [flickr]

  • Sometimes when waiting for meals or a snack, she’ll start to huff and puff and kick her legs like a bull about to charge. More adorable than scary.

  • Also meal-related: How she grumbles and growls and nudges me while I eat, demanding a dirty dish or – better still – straight-up handouts. It’s like she’s entitled or something. SUCH a little diva.

    2011-10-25 - Demanding Dogs - 0004

  • That golden patch of fur under her right armpit.

    2016-02-04 - Mags & Rennie (Temp Office) - 0003 [flickr]

    2013-08-21 - Mags - 0034

    2015-09-11 - Little Paws - 0003 [flickr]

  • Delicate Mags kisses.

    2012-06-13 - Dogs Outside - 0012

    2014-03-11 - Kelly & the Ladies - 0004 [flickr]

    2013-11-17 - Kelly & Mags - 0009 [black and white]

    Unrelenting yet gentle.

  • She’s the smallest dog in the house, yet everyone is scared of her.

    2012-12-04 - Mags - 0001

  • How she patiently and methodically cleans boogers from the other dogs’ eyes. Finnick’s the only one who resigns himself to it completely. (Reason #274 why I think she’s his mum.)

    2015-06-29 - Kelly & Rennie & Mags - 0001 [flickr]

    2011-09-12 - Dogs Outside - 0013

    2015-06-29 - Drying Off, Post-Swim - 0027 [flickr]

    2015-06-02 - Going to the Drive-In - 0017 [flickr]

    2015-10-11 - Retro Night at the Drive-In - 0006 [flickr]

  • Precious Moments ™ eyes.

    2015-07-29 - Walking Smoke & Davey - 0016 [flickr]

    2013-06-25 - Mags - 0003

    2015-06-19 - Post-Walk Mags - 0001 [flickr]

  • Since we started doing water therapy in the summers, Mags refuses to go within 15 yards of a body of water – even natural bodies she’s never swam in before.

    2014-07-23 - The Dogs - 0062 [flickr]

    2014-05-09 - Smithville Lake - 0039 [flickr]

    It’s like she thinks I’m going to toss her into the lake, even if it’s in the mid-60s, and without a life jacket. I AM A MONSTER, Y’ALL.

  • Her “get bent” face, which so closely resembles Kaylee’s.

    2013-11-17 - Mags Leaves - 0014

    2011-04-02 - Kaylee Macro - 0005

    (I’m sorry Mags I’m done making this all about Kaylee I swear!!!)

  • Our good morning routine, which we started a few years back.* I kick it off by sidling up next to Mags, spooning her and rubbing her back and just generally trying to ease her awake, get the blood moving, and work some feeling into her stiff joints. Then it’s kisses and, when she’s finally up and raring to go, Mags does a little lawn dance on the bed and nips at my fingers (playfully, of course).

    2015-09-05 - G'Morning Mags & Rennie - 0015 [flickr]

    2015-09-05 - G'Morning Mags & Rennie - 0018 [flickr]

    2015-09-05 - G'Morning Mags & Rennie - 0017 [flickr]

    * It might have been after Ralphie and Kaylee passed away – to compensate for the morning routine Kaylee and I shared – or it could have been as recently as when Peedee was diagnosed with cancer. I wish I could remember, because it’s basically the best way to start the day. (Incidentally, the worst way to start the day? Is with Mags deliberately peeing on the bed on account of a perceived slight, like me paying too much attention to another dog.)

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    Eleven Little Finnick Things

  • His skinny little body (“Skinny Finny”). Forever jealous of his figure.

    2013-07-16 - Finnick! - 0034

  • He gets super-freaked out whenever anyone tries to touch his paws.

    2013-07-26 - Finnick - 0003

  • When Finnick bites his nails (this is a peculiarity he and Mags share), he whimpers to himself. It’s kind of creepy actually.

    2015-02-16 - Enjoying the Heated Blanket - 0017 [flickr]

  • How much he adores his daddy.

    2012-08-16 - Chasing Finnick - 0023

    2013-12-24 - Testing the New Camera - 0040 [flickr]

    2013-05-09 - Shane, Ralphie & Finnick - 0002

  • His awesome jumping abilities (he once cleared Ralphie, head to toe).

    2013-06-08 - Chasing Finnick (Part 2) - 0002

  • Walking on his back legs while begging for dinner. (Seriously, he’s got such mad skills in this area that I’ve often considered shipping him off to the circus.)

    2015-12-08 - Walking at Wallace State Park - 0003 [flickr]

  • His love of naps (that’s something he got from his human mom).

    2013-02-02 - Afternoon Reading-slash-Napping - 0001

    2013-01-08 - Lemmy & Finnick - 0005

    2014-07-14 - Dogs in Bed - 0006 [flickr]

    As much as he loves Shane, he’ll abandon his spot in the office in a heartbeat if he thinks that someone’s dozing in the bedroom without him.

  • Those teefies! Finn’s teeth are so large, white, and straight that when he smiles, it kind of looks like he’s wearing dentures. Doggie dentures.

    2013-07-26 - Finnick - 0027

    2015-09-16 - Outside with the Dogs - 0043 [flickr]

  • How much he hates having his picture taken.

    2015-05-23 - Helping Me Plant Marigolds - 0001 [flickr]

    2013-11-09 - Finnick - 0008

    2014-03-07 - Finnick - 0001 [flickr]

    2013-12-25 - X-Mas Morning - 0009 [flickr]

    2014-08-09 - Hounding the Dogs - 0035 [flickr]

    It’s almost become a game at this point.

  • That ridiculously goofy, slightly unhinged smile of his.

    2015-09-16 - Outside with the Dogs - 0027 [flickr]

    2015-08-22 - The Tent Is Up! - 0017 [flickr]

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0037 [flickr]

    2016-07-15 - Walking at Smithville Lake - 0087 [flickr]

    2015-07-22 - Walking Bonebender Trail - 0025 [flickr]

  • The prim and proper way Finnick sometimes folds his paws underneath his chest while laying down. So ladylike!

    2016-02-11 - Finnick - 0011 [flickr]

    2015-10-23 - Chillin' in the Sunroom - 0024 [flickr]

    Fwiw, he’s also likely to pull this move when you try to touch his paws. Five years and I’ve made precious little progress in the “handling Finn’s feetsies” arena.

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