much merries from the @furkids

December 25th, 2016 10:50 am by Kelly Garbato

2016 X-mas Card, Final

Since Jayne passed away in July, we’ve been down to “just” three dogs (not counting the fosters, of which we’ve thankfully had four since. They keep me busy and distracted, okay.) I know that three is still more than most households have, but we haven’t had such a critical low number since we adopted Kaylee and Jayne (dogs #4 and 5) in 2006 – so basically a decade! Not coincidentally, 2005 was also the last year I was able to squeeze all our dogs into a single photo. I gave it ye ole college try in 2006, but it was a hot mess.

Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures of Rennie, Mags, and Finnick, both individually and as a group, and the result is what you see above. This wasn’t my favorite shot, but it begged the best captions, so there you go.

I kind of stumbled when it came to the message on the back of the card. 2016 was a dumpster fire from beginning to end, and 2017 is looking even worse. Not much to celebrate, you know?

2016 message label

That’s David Bowie’s Rochester mug shot in the background. I chose it both because I’m from Rochester, and it matched the picture I made for the address labels, which was a montage of photos of Bowie, Prince, and Gwen Ifill, run through the charcoal filter in Photoshop so they’d be all nice and matchy. It took awhile to find a good one of Prince (his face always tends to be turned and in shadow more often than not), but I think it came out pretty neat.

2016 address label montage

For the return label, I just went with a simple pawprint and heart design.

2016 return label

These dogs are my world and they each carry a slice my heart with them. Some days this arrangement works out better than others. Sigh.

Yeah, I’m feeling pretty melancholy today. The fog and thunderstorms aren’t helping, but at least there’s a Golden Girls marathon on TVLand, and plenty of cookies and chocolates in the fridge. (Yes, there will be pictures and recipes in the new year!)

After the jump are a few of my favorite pics. Look out for each other, people. Be compassionate and RESIST.

2016-12-08 - The Terrible Three - 0036 [flickr black and white]

2016-12-08 - Ribbon Rennie - 0028 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Mags in Lace - 0018 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Dapper Finnick - 0015 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Lemmy the Grinch - 0004 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Lemmy the Grinch - 0012 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Mags & Finnick - 0013 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Mags in Lace - 0005 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - Ribbon Rennie - 0001 [flickr]

2016-12-08 - The Terrible Three - 0012 [flickr]

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