Thirty-Four Little Kaylee & Jayne Things

September 30th, 2018 1:15 pm by Kelly Garbato

2012-03-24 - Dogs Outside - 0004 [Original]

Dear Kaylee,

Last week my sis asked me to send her a few of my favorite pictures of you. I’m sure you can guess what happened next: I spent all night on Flickr, perusing and reminiscing, and was only able to whittle it down to twenty-six pictures or so. I don’t care what she says, you were by far the loveliest and most photogenic all of my doggos. I mean, that butt alone!

I also don’t care what you might say, you and Mags didn’t coexist nearly long enough. Among my absolute favorites are the photos of you two together: Mags trying her best to cozy up; you, snubbing her with all your might. I wish you two could have been friends, but I understand your position. You didn’t want to share me. I get it! I didn’t want to share you either. At least not with any other hoomans.

Even at eight, Mags looked so impossibly young in those pictures! Now she’s older than you were when you passed, and I find myself having to confront her mortality too. She was diagnosed with dementia in July, and things have escalated pretty quickly in the weeks and months since. We’re planning a move to New York in November; on her worst days, I fear that Mags won’t be there to see it. As difficult as this all has been, it’s that thought that hammers my heart the hardest.

I find myself measuring and marking time by you guys: Shane and I got married the summer before we found you, so it was June of 2016; or, we started house shopping the spring after you joined our household, so it was in 2017. We put that new walkway in the winter before Ralphie died – just in time for his stubby little legs to enjoy the new short steps – so it all went down in the last months of 2012. And so on and so forth. You get the idea.

You guys are the single most important thing to me, so much so that you are the things around which all else revolves. I don’t know who I am without you. I don’t want to find out, but it’s inevitable, I think.

Anyway, these are the thoughts rattling around in my head on your birthday/gotcha day. It’s a melancholy one, but then so are most anniversaries nowadays. Things have changed so much for me in the last few years, and I’m not even halfway out the other side yet.

One thing that will never change is how much I love you. I wish you were here for real to see me through it, and not just haunting my heart.

I love you so much, baby girl.

– Mom

2016-05-14 - Jayne - 0005 [flickr]

Dear Jayne,

Thinking of you still hurts my heart. I wish we could have done more for you…or less, as it were.

Though your final few months were mostly filled with pain and sorrow, there were good things too: You opening yourself up to us, if even just a tiny bit more. The spring sun on your face, and leisurely strolls at Smithville Lake. Trips to the drive-in with your sisters. Snuggles and naps and new experiences.

It’s not fair. Eleven was far too young. You should still be alive. Your Eeyore face would fit right in around here.

I miss you too, sweet girl. Even though you were more cat than dog, I never regret a bit of it. I’d adopt you again fifteen times over.

I hope your atoms are happy, wherever and whatever they are now. You deserve an eternity of sunshine after all you’ve been through.

xoxo,

– Mom

2011-12-06 - Kaylee & Jayne - 0154

2016-08-19 - Jayne Pop - 0002 [flickr] 2016-08-19 - Kaylee Pop - 0001 [flickr]

PS – One thing I’ll definitely find a place for in my new home are your funny little Funko peoples. That way I’ll be sure to think of you a dozen and one times a day.

 

Twenty Little Kaylee Things

  • Her silly, happy smile.

    2010-07-09 - Outside with the Dogs - 0039

    2009-09-20 - Kaylee - 0008

    2011-09-08 - Afternoon Sunshine - 0140

  • The Kaylee quick step. (She may look old and slow, but not so much!)

    2007-02-04 - Opening X-Mas Presents - 0143 [1024x768]

    2007-08-19 - Silly Dogs - 0015

    2008-03-12 - Dogs Outside - 0040 [1024x768]

  • That stubby nub of a tail.

    2007-07-17 - Dogs Outside - 0029 [1024x768 film grain]

    2011-04-03 - Kaylee Macro - 0005

    2007-06-25 - Morning Playtime - 0007 [1024x768]

  • Those crazy teefies.

    lol kaylee - mai teef!

    2010-04-11 - Kaylee & O-Ren - 0005

    2007-12-05 - Cpt Kaylee's Booty - 0025 [1024x768]

  • That she insists you look at her the whole time you pet her, otherwise it doesn’t count. (And if you happen to glance at another dog, it’s akin to cheating!)

    2007-02-04 - Harassing the Dogs, PM ed. - 0005 [1024x768]

    2008-05-23 - Flowers & Dogs - 0119

    2007-04-06 - Lazy Dogday Friday - 0012 [1024x768]

  • How she started the trend of licking the humans’ dirty dishes.

    2010-07-03- Kaylee In Wait - 0002

    2008-02-16 - Kaylee & Peedee - 0007

    Thanks to this visionary, all the dogs are now sufficiently spoiled!

  • How she has to lick all the dog bowls at least once (and usually twice or more) before going outside after meals, and again after coming back in.

    2007-11-15 - Lunchtime - 0008

    (Are you detecting a pattern here?)

  • The “It’s almost dinnertime!” dance.

    2006-11-23 - Dogs-n-Popcorn-0007

    (Not it, but close enough!)

  • The way she can spend hours wandering the back yard on summer nights, searching for nomy bugs to eat.

    2012-08-15 - Kaylee, Bug Hunter - 0007

    2012-09-03 - Kaylee's body is a graveyard - 0008

  • How she becomes alternately cuddly and rambunctious while trying to wake me up in the morning.

    2011-06-30 - Kaylee in Bed - 0003

    2006-10-04 - FifthDayHome-0010

  • Her fear of thunderstorms and fireworks (basically all the loud noises).

    2009-07-04 - Dogs No Like BOOM! - 0002

    2009-07-04 - Dogs No Like BOOM! - 0021

    2009-07-04 - Dogs No Like BOOM! - 0014

    Especially that one July 4th she escaped to the bathroom cabinets.

  • How she insists on hanging out in the bathroom while I shower, even if I don’t have any “treats” (read: cardboard rolls) for her. So much so that I put a dog bed in the master bath, just for her!

    2008-07-28 - Kaylee - 0002

  • Ears as soft as velvet.

    2011-04-02 - Kaylee Macro - 0044

    2007-02-04 - Harassing the Dogs, AM ed. - 0112 [1024x768]

    2007-02-04 - Harassing the Dogs, AM ed. - 0128>

  • Every day is Mother’s Day.

    2007-08-30 - Peedee's 5th Birthday - 0033

  • Her capacity to be both demanding and thankful at the same time. Whether it was human attention, a dirty bowl, or a piece of tissue, Kaylee never took us for granted.

    2007-02-20 - Kelly & Dogs - 0004

    2013-04-30 - Kaylee's Reads - 0008

    2009-12-05 - Kelly & Kids - 0003

  • Kaylee + Rennie 4ever!

    2010-06-10 - Kaylee & O-Ren - 0005

    2009-04-13 - Lazy Dogs - 0002

    2008-12-05 - Rennie & Kaylee - 0001

  • Her soft, lumpy, be-speckled belly. She’s what the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s best friend would look like, if he had a dog.

    2006-12-02 - KayleeFestivus-0014

    2006-10-07 - DogsOutside-0038

    2009-12-01 - Kaylee Pirate - 0002

    (Note to Paul Feig: PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN THE REBOOT.)

  • Being the first dog to accompany us to the drive-in on a regular basis. You started A REAL THING, sweet babygirl, and we all love you for it.

    2006-10-31 - MovieDay-0009 [1024x768]

    Sadly, I don’t think I ever took any pictures of Kaylee at the drive-in, so this photo from our 2006 Halloween Horror Movie Marathon will have to suffice. (This is why I take at least 50 shots of ALL THE THINGS now. Better to need a terrabyte drive than not.)

  • Chasing the autumn/winter sun around the house.

    2011-09-11 - Kaylee's Sunshine Spot - 0008

    2007-09-28 - AM Foyer Sun - 0003

    2008-02-10 - Sun Dogs0003

    2009-12-05 - Afternoon Sun - 0007

    I’m trying to revive the tradition with Mags, on account of she’s got so little body fat to keep her warm.

  • That one time she got a cardboard cornmeal container stuck on her head.

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    Fourteen Little Jayne Things

  • Ears that are both floppy and upright, all at once.

    2015-07-03 - Smithville Lake - 0008 [flickr]

    2012-04-17 - Jayne - 0007

    2013-07-18 - Jayne - 0005

  • How she still searches for Ozzy, more than a year three years after his passing.

    2007-09-14 - Our First Place - 0083

    2008-07-14 - Dogs on Ralphie's A-Day - 0027

    2008-10-24- Refinishing the Floors - 0013

  • That she wants to be left alone, but not too alone.

    2007-06-17 - the girls get to visit first! (while mommy makes to-do list) - 0002 [1024x768]

    2012-05-27 - Patio Office - 0014

    Always on the periphery, this one.

  • She’s a stalker, but not a killer.

    2007-08-26 - Dogs Outside - 0007 [1024x768]

    2007-04-12 - Peeping Jayne - 0018 [1024x768]

    2010-06-02 - Playing in the Dirt - 0048

  • Her imperviousness to pain.

    2013-03-18 - Jayne & her new cone - 0007

    2012-06-23 - Jayne 0, Woodchuck 1 - 0004

    Like that one time she provoked a woodchuck into biting her – but she played it so cool that we didn’t discover the wound until hours after the fact.

  • Disney Princess eyes, but with a hint of sadness.

    2010-12-04 - Jayne Pirate - 0005

    2009-10-24 - Jayne - 0006 [Original] [flickr]

    2013-07-18 - Jayne - 0028

  • How she used to pee a little when you picked her up – and that she stopped doing that years ago.

    2009-07-19 - Jayne & Peedee - 0001

  • Book thief!

    2012-05-09 - Naughty Jayne - 0001

    Never leave books unattended around Jayne, or she will transform them into papier mache artwork.

    2012-01-24 - While I Was Out - 0004

    Ditto: tp, manilla envelopes, cardboard tubes, and all the paper things. The recycling bin is her brown heaven.

  • Newly narcoleptic.

    2014-03-22 - Jayne Napping - 0004 [flickr]

    In the past year or so – roughly since she started wetting the bed – Jayne’s naps have begun to resemble mini-comas. Whereas the other dogs run for lunch as soon as they hear the dishes clink, not even loud shouts across the house can reliably summon Jayne if she’s sleeping. Nope, you have to shake her awake, and sometimes that doesn’t even work. A few times Shane and I have been able to lift up her head without waking her. Cute, but super-creepy. I’ve mistaken her for dead on more than one occasion.

  • How she is drawn to large bodies of water like a magnet.

    2007-07-15 - Jayne & Peedee - 0011 [1024x768]

    2015-08-12 - Sailboat Cove-Bonebender - 0068 [flickr]

    2015-08-12 - Sailboat Cove-Bonebender - 0083 [flickr]

    Pools and bathtubs, not so much.

    2006-09-30 - PM-Kaylee&JayneMake5-0284

  • How she’s become marginally more social over the years.

    2013-11-17 - Kelly & Jayne - 0013

    2015-07-22 - Walking Bonebender Trail - 0042 [flickr]

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

    My favorite: As I’m petting her, she acts like it’s borderline abuse; yet when I stop, she looks at me like I’ve hurt her fee fees.

  • How much she loved going to the drive-in with us – when we finally gave her the chance – even though it involved some of her least favorite things: long hours crammed into a small, enclosed space with four other sentient, social creatures. THE HORROR!

    2016-04-17 - Drive-In (Jayne's 1st Time) - 0006 [flickr]

    2016-06-26 - Going to the Drive-In - 0007 [flickr]

    2016-07-14 - Going to the Drive-In - 0060 [flickr]

    2016-04-17 - Drive-In (Jayne's 1st Time) - 0054 [flickr]

    I only regret not trying it sooner. (Precious few pictures to choose from for this one.) Forgive me, sweet Jayne?

  • Playing the Eeyore to Mommy’s Eeyore.

    2015-12-16 - Jayne Eeyore - 0099 [flickr]

    2015-12-16 - Jayne Eeyore - 0073 [flickr]

    X-Mas 2015 - Oh Bother (Main)

    You’d never know she was adopted. ;)

  • The curiosity that lit up her face whenever a tractor trailer passed us by on the highway.

    2016-07-06 - Going to the Drive-In - 0035 [flickr]

    2016-07-14 - Going to the Drive-In - 0064 [flickr]

    2016-07-14 - Going to the Drive-In - 0058 [flickr]

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