Thirty-Six Little Kaylee & Jayne Things

September 30th, 2019 10:00 am by Kelly Garbato

2009-10-24 - Kaylee - 0012

Dear Kaylee,

You were an excellent doggo, the best, 15/10, all the stars. I miss you terribly, even after all these years. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you; and, weirdly, this is truer than ever now that Mags is gone. You two were a package deal, like it or not, with your matchy matchy faces and your never-ending rivalry for my affections. I worried that, when Mags left, that would also be like losing you all over again. And in a way, it was. But reminders of Mags are everywhere: syringes carefully arranged on the kitchen backsplash, her unused wheelchair sitting in the corner of the bedroom. Her Batgirl jammies hanging right underneath your Wonder Woman underoos. I think of her all the time, and from there I get to reminiscing about you. You see, it’s not so bad being tied to that old broad now, is it?

You and Ralphie were my first lesson in true heartbreak, and it feels like my heart’s been shattered and only partially mended a million and one times since then. I expect to be grieving yet again before the year’s out; dear old Finn is in rough shape. I don’t know what I’ll do when the last of you is gone. Start again? With an all-new pack? It’s hard to imagine new doggos, loving floofers who have never had the pleasure of knowing you (and Ralphie and Peedee and Rennie and Jayne and Finnick). It just seems…wrong. Still better than the alternative, though. (Living without dogs? But why.)

Anyway, this is all a very morose and roundabout way of saying that I love you like h*ck and would do anything to have you back here with me, healthy and happy. Since that isn’t an option, I’ll have to pour all that love into another pupper. Don’t be jealous. I’d rather have you, babygirl. Always you.

With love,

Mom

2015-09-14 - Jayne - 0006 [flickr]

Dear Jayne,

It still kills me a little that you’re not here to celebrate your birthday with us this year. Sixteen would maybe be a stretch, but fifteen? Seems pretty attainable. Twelve? Definitely! It’s not fair that you were taken from us so early.

I hope we gave you a good life, including by your very non-doglike standards. It was always hard to know how far I could push you; just enough to challenge your boundaries, maybe teach you to chill out a bit, but without stressing you out to the point of learned helplessness. I think I struck a good balance, but sometimes I wonder. Always know that I loved you, exactly as you were. From one Eeyore to another.

Love,

Mom

 

Twenty-One 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.

  • Her “Get a load of this asshole!” look, most famously employed against Ralphie when he stole her spot on the blanket that one time.

    2012-11-09 - Dogs - 0014

    (This photo is currently occupying some prime real estate in my new dining room, sweet baby girl.)

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    Fifteen 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]

  • Her crazy fat squishy turkey neck.

    2015-10-11 - Outside with the Dogs - 0009 [flickr]

    2015-10-07 - Jayne Wants Candy - 0028 [flickr]

    2014-01-03 - Jayne - 0001 [flickr]

    2015-05-26 - Jayne - 0006 [Original]

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