Twenty-Six Little Mags & Finnick Things

September 3rd, 2017 4:15 pm by Kelly Garbato

2017-07-14 - For My Dog Mags (Fetch) - 0009 [flickr]

2017-07-28 - Treeloot Monkey Rodeo - 0004 [flickr]

Dear Mags,

It seems you have become my Kaylee 2.0. (That bitch again!) That’s not to say that you guys are interchangeable, or even all that much alike. Yet you are now the little old lady I love to spoil, whereas it used to be Kaylee. You’re not huge on snuggling (though definitely more down than Kaylee), yet we have a whole morning routine that’s worthy of a Folgers commercial. You’re here for me when I need you, and do I need you like whoah lately. It’s been a time, these past eight months/four years+++, and I cannot tell you how much it helps to have you by my side.

Wait, yes I can. You guys – you and Finnick and O-Ren – are the reason I’ve made it this far. The reason I choose to hang around, day after day after day.

You’re turning fourteen this year, and fourteen was Kaylee’s last. I can’t lie and say that doesn’t make me more than a little nervous. I hope you’re still here next year, and the year after that; long enough to see Trump’s impeachment (yea right!) and our move to New York. Long enough to get to know Hash and Roxie – and loathe them with every fiber of your being, on account of they divert some of the spotlight away from you. (See, you and Kaylee aren’t so very different after all!) At least until the sixth Bitch Planet TP comes out, so I can photograph you noming on it.

And if you’re not, that’s okay too, or will be in time. We’ve made so many wonderful memories in the past six years. And I have to disagree with Steve Earle on this one – they’re enough to warm my soul. I learned that from Kaylee. (Sorry!)

Love you, noodle.

– Mom

 

2017-07-13 - Outside with the Dogs - 0021 [flickr]

2017-07-08 - Finnick Does Not Want the Pool - 0004 [flickr]

Dear Finnick,

Dad should be here to write your letter this year, and it breaks my heart that he isn’t. I hope I’m doing right by you, though I know some days, not so much. (Friday was wild, right? CenturyLink really knows how to drive a girl crazy.)

You remind me more and more of Peedee every day. I always thought you two were so much alike – enough to repel each other! – but now you’ve taken on his role as comforter, too. Your rough edges are still in need of some light polishing, but I appreciate how willing you are to set your fear aside and snuggle on up to me when I’m having a bad day. Of all the dogs, Shane’s death hit you the hardest. And how could it not? You are a daddy’s boy, through and through. But it’s also led to a strange, sad kinship between the two of us. We are bound by loss, you and I.

But I don’t want for that to be the bond that defines us. I promise to try my best to soothe your hurt, the way you do mine – and also build some wonderful new memories, just the two of us. I love you so, so much, little buddy.

xoxo

– Mom

 

2017-08-07 - Walking at Jesse James Park - 0025 [flickr]

2017-07-19 - Rennie, Mags, Finnick - 0004 [flickr]\>


 

Fourteen 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?

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

    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]

    2016-03-11 - Smithville Lake at Bonebender - 0039 [flickr]

    2015-09-11 - Walking at Bonebender - 0028 [flickr]

    2015-09-30 - Walking at the Lake - 0048 [flickr]

    2015-09-23 - Walking at Smithville Lake - 0126 [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.)

  • That time she wore the assless chaps look – and owned it.

    2015-05-15 - Mags - 0004 [flickr]

    2015-05-15 - Mags - 0030 [flickr]

    2015-05-15 - Mags - 0012 [flickr]

    No matter how dark things get, these pictures always bring a smile to my face.

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    Twelve Little Finnick Things

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

    2013-07-16 - Finnick! - 0034

    2015-10-07 - Finnick Pumpkin - 0012 [flickr]

    2013-11-17 - Kelly & Finnick - 0019

    2015-09-25 - My Furkids & Ice Cream Star - 0029 [flickr]

  • 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.

    2017-08-19 - Finnick v. lemmy - 0002 [flickr]

    2017-08-19 - Finnick v. lemmy - 0003 [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]

    2015-11-07 - Finnick - 0004 [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]

    2016-02-11 - Finnick - 0005 [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.

  • How perfectly businesslike he looks in a tie.

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

    2012-11-30 - Finnick Star - 0017

    2016-12-08 - Dapper Finnick - 0008 [flickr]

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