Seventeen Little Peedee Things

August 30th, 2019 3:00 pm by Kelly Garbato

2015-08-30 - The Birthday Boy & His Cake - 0010 [flickr]

My dearest little monster,

I find it endlessly and disproportionately amusing that you share a birthday with my little sister, sweet Peedee. Every year I text her a reminder that it’s your birthday, pretending to forget that it’s also hers, and every year she indulges me in my dad joke. This morning I included the above image, which gives me all the warm and fuzzy feels. Even though it was your last birthday, and even though we knew it at the time, the memory of those last months – May-November 2015, aka THE SUMMER OF PEEDEE – brings me so much joy and bittersweet nostalgia. I’m so glad we were able to spoil you like that; we haven’t always been that lucky, before or since.

You already know – because I’m sure your stardust is twinkling somewhere above, watching and waiting patiently for me to join you, so that our atoms can recombine into something awesome, like a humpback whale or a Tofutti factory – but it’s just Finnick and Lemmy and I now. (Your least favorite siblings, right!) I had to say goodbye to Mags shortly after we arrived in New York, and I lost Rennie a few months later. I won’t pretend that I don’t miss them horribly, but on the flip side, I’ve grown closer to the boys, and – you won’t like this next part – Finnick reminds me of you in so many ways: his silly smile; his nervous, high strung temperament; and his general goofiness. I dread the day when he will leave me too, because I know he’ll take pieces of you with him. Much like Kaylee lived on in Mags, I see you reflected in his eyes, which makes their dimming that much more painful.

2014-12-25 - Opening Presents - 0054 [flickr]

I discovered a new category of dog photos today: Peedee side-eying Finnick, an obvious offshoot of Kaylee side-eyeing Mags.
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I wish you were here with me; I wish you could be with me forever. But I guess you are, in a way, and that will have to do. You were (are!) a pretty awesome doggo, Peeds, easily one of the best: boundlessly happy, scary smart, always up for anything, be it a new adventure or a sobfest with mom. You are the standard by which I judge other dogs. Well, one of the standards, anyway. (You’ve got some stiff competition in Kaylee, Mags, Rennie, and Ralphie, okay. Jayne and Finn, I love you guys, but you are more cat than dog.)

Happy seventeenth birthday, my baby boy. Be certain that I’ll binge enough baked goods for the both of us today.

Love times infinity,

Mom

2010-10-15 - 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes - 0010

 

Seventeen Little Peedee Things

  • A ginormous pink tongue that refuses to stay in his mouth.

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0047 [flickr]

    2007-08-30 - Peedee's 5th Birthday - 0017 [1024x768]

    2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0075 [flickr]

    (Doubly so now that the boy only has ten teeth left!)

  • The frenzied excitement with which he licks ears, human and canine alike. Sometimes he’s able to work his tongue so far into my ear canal that it feels like he’s about to slurp my brains out. The boy must love him some ear wax.

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-005 [1024x768]

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-035

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-040

    FACT: Ralphie’s ginormous elephant ears made for prime slurping.

  • His tissue obsession.

    2010-07-03- Sneaky Peedee - 0001

    2004-07-24 - Peedee-016 [1024x768]

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0051 [flickr]

    He’s so adept at lifting half-used Kleenex from my person that I’ve considered putting him to use as a pick pocket. (But only on Wall Street, the crime capital of NYC.)

  • How much he loves to play dress-up with mom. He’s like the daughter I’ll never have.

    2005-01-06 - PokeyLittlePeedee-0006 [1024x768]

    2009-12-01 - Peedee Pirate - 0003

    2005-05-04 - PeedeesAwesome-0004

    2015-05-23 - Peedee is Pretty in Peonies - 0010 [flickr]

  • Ears like satellite dishes.

    2011-04-28 - Peedee - 0006

    2015-05-23 - Just the Collar - 0006 [flickr]

    2014-05-10 - Peedee - 0001 [flickr]

  • All those times Peedee (especially puppy Peedee) tried to assist Ralphie in his digging projects but was so rudely chased away. And still he always went back for more!

    2003-08-29 - Ralphie&PeedeeDigging-27 [1024x768]

    2003-05-15 - DogsOutside-031

  • That rubbery, bendy little nose of his.

    2012-03-14 - Dogs Outside - 0002

    2013-10-17 - Peedee - 0001

    2015-07-15 - Cheesy Peedee - 0003 [flickr]

    Bonus points: it’s pink and black. One of my favorite color combos!

  • Peedee Peedee Poo Face!

    2012-07-20 - Dogs Outside - 0014

    Okay, so this isn’t so much something I love about Peedee – actually I loathe it – as much as it is a simple fact of life. That said, I do get a morbid chuckle whenever I see Peedee standing patiently behind Rennie or Mags, waiting for them to finish dropping their biz so that he can eat it. Fresh from the source! I don’t know what’s so special about their little butts, but it’s like they shit bacon or something.

    2013-07-26 - Peedee Peedee Poo Eater - 0006

  • An intelligence that’s almost scary. Seriously, he is the smartest dog I’ve ever met.

    2011-06-30 - Peedee hearts HDM - 0007

    (Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is Peedee’s absolutely favorite. I told you he was smart!)

  • His highly ticklish little paws.

    2010-06-23- Peedee's Feetsies - 0004

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0015

    2014-07-12 - Dogs in Bed - 0003 [flickr]

    (It’s usually when he’s rolling around and fussing like this that I make my move. Consequently, Peedee’s kicked me in the vag on more than one occasion.)

  • His grace on land, coupled with his complete lack of it in the water.

    I’ve tried taking him swimming – both in the pond and in the (shallow, as barely-up-to-his-neck-shallow) pool multiple times, and it always goes down like this: hysterical thrashing, following by climbing up mom’s torso and onto her shoulders, eventually assuming the scared Scooby Doo pose, like so.

    2012-06-20 - Peedee - 0007

    2015-06-19 - Peedee Cooling Off - 0012 [flickr]

    At least he’s gotten used to the water enough to wade into the lake when we’re out and about.

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0059 [flickr]

    2015-07-03 - Smithville Lake - 0141 [flickr]

    2015-07-20 - Walking at Cabin Fever Trails - 0063 [flickr]

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0055 [flickr]

    Waves are no friends of his, however.

  • How Peedee’s butt falls back into my hands when I go to pick him up. It’s like a trust exercise or something.

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

    2015-11-23 - Late Morning Office Sun - 0044 [flickr]

  • His crazy excitement at GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN!!!

    2015-06-17 - Going to the Drive-In - 0024 [flickr]

    2015-07-30 - Going to the Drive-In - 0018 [flickr]

    2015-08-03 - Going to the Drive-in - 0048 [flickr]

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0061 [flickr]

    We tried taking him once, back when we only had a car and he was a wee, excitable little thing (as opposed to being a tubby, excitable big thing), and it was a disaster. But when the cancer came back we decided to try again, and it ended up being one of his favorites. Now he and Mags camp out in the van and drool on all the things while they wait for us to get our asses in gear and LEAVE ALREADY! It’s like he won’t budge because he’s afraid we’ll change our minds and leave him at home after all. Makes me wish we’d tried it years earlier.

    Note to self: try all the things when you have the chance.

  • With great intelligence comes great compassion: Peedee always knew when I was feeling down and was quick to offer a belly to rub or a shoulder to cry on. He legit gave the best snuggles and, while he didn’t lick me incessantly like Ralphie or O-Ren, he knew just when a big sloppy kiss was in order.

    2007-09-14 - Our First Place - 0078

    2013-11-17 - Kelly & Peedee - 0019

    2013-12-25 - Opening Presents - 0011 [flickr]

    2015-10-29 - Walking at Wallace State Park - 0120 [flickr 2]

    2014-03-31 - Peedee - 0021 [flickr]

    I woulda made good use of you this past year, little monster. Four dogs in three years is just too much, you know?

  • His unparalleled love of those talking toys by Multipet, especially the chimpanzee.

    2015-02-21 - Peedee & His New Toys - 0010 [flickr]

    2015-05-26 - Peedee Can Haz New Toyz - 0005 [flickr]

    2015-06-19 - Peedee & His Moo Cow - 0011 [flickr]

    2015-02-21 - Peedee & His New Toys - 0018 [flickr]

    2015-06-02 - Going to the Drive-In - 0036 [flickr]

    2015-08-01 - New Toys! - 0011 [flickr]

    True story: When I discovered how deeply he dug them, I went out and bought one of nearly every species (two of the chimps!). He was doing his second battle with cancer in as many years, so he totally deserved them all, and then some. Anyway, I still sleep with one of the chimpanzees (he holds my hairbands for me!), and he always accompanies us to the drive-in, too. I like to imagine that Peedee’s stardust is hitching a ride with us that way.

  • Cindy Brady!

    2008-06-05 - Dogs - 0005

    2008-08-10 - Dogs Outside - 0019

    2015-07-07 - Taking a Kong Break - 0001 [flickr]

    Peedee was a total tattletale and loved to snitch on his brothers and sisters whenever they were up to no good. I could really use his help sniffing out Mags’s many (many!) puddles these days.

  • His inside-out, cinnamon bun Princess Leia ears.

    2015-01-27 - Smithville Lake (Kelly's Cam) - 0027 [flickr]

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