Book Review: Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Ben Hodson (2020)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The absolute sweetest herunterladen!

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

After seeing all the human-canine BFF packs chilling at the park, the adorable, unnamed star of this story decides that she wants a dog friend, too herunterladen. But not just any dog: a rescue pup, from the animal shelter and everything.

After nights spent dreaming of dogs and cats and guinea pigs and rabbits, and a massive ad campaign that threatens to bury the family’s refrigerator, her parents oblige spiele mit geld kostenlos herunterladen. Our hero gets her pup – and saves a life, to boot.

Written by singer-songwriter, composer, musician, educator, activist, and Indigenous Canadian-American Buffy Sainte-Marie, and illustrated by the talented Ben Hodson, Hey Little Rockabye: A Lullaby for Pet Adoption just oozes charm (in the best way possible) amazon produktbilder herunterladen. The illustrations are lovely, and their beauty only blooms brighter when coupled with Sainte-Marie’s compassionate message.

The narrative is pretty simple – the only text is comprised of a lullaby that Sainte-Marie sings to all of her adopted family members – but it’s sweet, to the point, and nicely tailored to the intended age group of 3-7 years bluetooth treiber kostenlos herunterladen.

I would have liked to have seen a note on animal rescue/adoption at the end; something to the tune of “6.5 million companion animals enter U.S herunterladen. animal shelters every year, 1.5 million of whom are euthanized. Adopt, don’t shop!” (Source herunterladen.) That said, I was lucky enough to read an early digital copy that still had forthcoming front and back matter, so fingers crossed.

Get it if: you’re a vegan parent who’s desperate to find some truly animal-friendly picture books for your child; if your family is thinking about welcoming a furry family member into the fold (this could make a sweet memento for the youngest members); if you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for nonhumans in the kids you know and love online fotos downloaden.

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Sixteen Little Rennie Things

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

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My dearest Rennie,

When we celebrated your birthday/gotcha day last year, I was painfully aware that it might very well be your last income tax return 2017 for free. But I still can’t believe how soon after we had to say goodbye. Still, I’m glad I was able to give you a good death, or at least as good as circumstances allowed; that we didn’t drag things out and prolong your suffering racing games to. I learned that much from Mags, so I guess you could say that she was still watching out for you, that she had your back (such a chubby little fatback!), even from the grave (or the freezer, as it was herunterladen. Gah, I still can’t bring myself to cremate either of you! Please forgive me, babygirl.)

Anyway, now I’m left with Finnick and Lemmy, daddy’s boys, and words can’t express how much I miss my little ladies tomb raider 1 pc spiel download kostenlos. My badass bitches. My girl pack. Don’t get me wrong; I love Finnick and Lemmy. (I kind of have to, right?). But you and Mags were my heart and soul and everything in between herunterladen. I’d give anything to have you girls back again.

Failing that, we’ll have a lifetime of memories, and a literal hundred thousand photos fifa 12 herunterladen kostenlos pc. (When my computer got bricked thanks to the mandatory Windows 10 upgrade, I had them build me a new one with an 8TB hard drive. To contain ALL THE MEMORIES!)

You girls are always in my thoughts: your harness still hangs on the hook by the back door, right alongside Mags and Finnick’s spiele bei steam downloaden. Your balls continue to litter the house, and the extra-special ones – red fox and panda, I’m talking about you – are displayed on high shelves so that a visiting Hash or Roxy cannot steal them away anno 1503 mac for free. And of course the many x-mas cards you modeled for grace the walls year-round. I’ll never get over you.

Until our atoms meet again.

Love,

Mom

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Book Review: What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs by Jamie Coleman (2019)

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Poems About Poop (and True Love!)

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Netgalley.)

If my dog could write haikus, I’d like to imagine that he’d wax poetic about his undying love for me: his human, his nurse, his cheerleader; the one constant in his chaotic (albeit tragically short) life how can I download songs from youtube. The one person who’s stuck by him, through better and worse (and the absolute worst). In reality, it’d probably be a lot of poop talk, interspersed with odes to his favorite noms and a thinly veiled death threat or two for the cat whatsapp über play store herunterladen.

Oh, and oodles of anxiety, a la Hyperbole and a Half. He and I, we’re simpatico, you see.

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What I Lick Before Your Face … and Other Haikus By Dogs pairs haikus – presumably channeled through author Jaime Coleman by his canine friends – with black and white photos of the very best 12/10 puppers you’ve ever seen sims 3 free chip. Spoiler alert: there is a preponderance of bathroom talk, along with a weird (though not altogether unwelcome) fixation on Boston terriers.

The haikus range from silly and whimsical to tender and downright tearjerking lieder mit link herunterladen. To wit:

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Perhaps today is the day
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Rubs
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When you avoid stroking there
Nipples are me too

The Lead
You make me bring you
This harness of oppression
In my own damn mouth

Going to Live on the Farm
Guys, there is no farm
I wish there was, but there is
Only nothingness

I will never skip your nips, sweet doggo herunterladen. NEVER.

Anyway, What I Lick Before Your Face would make a great gift for people who love poetry or dogs, and the best gift for those who heart both (and really, who doesn’t?) express burn kostenlos download.

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Twenty-Two Little Ralphie Things

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

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Dear Ralphie,

You were my very first real dog, and also the first dog I lost; you were the beginning, and also the beginning of the end kann man excel kostenlos herunterladen. (Dramatic, who me?) If I sound a wee bit morose, well, a) this is me you’re talking to and b) I have my reasons, dammit. But this is your birthday, so I won’t indulge d3dcompiler_47.dll download kostenlos. All of this is just a very roundabout way of saying that I miss you like heck, and I wish we could go back to those early days, when both our lives stretched out, seemingly endlessly, in front of us whatsapp on mobile for free.

I’d return to one of the many occasions I got poison ivy walking you along the trails next to our apartment. Or the first time we met, when you were so a-scred you ran away from me (but were snugging me in the backseat by the end of the drive home free wii games on the wii download. Where, upon our arrival, you promptly pooped in the kitchen.) Your first Christmas with us, or perhaps the first 4th of July, when your allergies manifested in a grotesquely swollen belly (inching dangerously close to your wiener.) Or even when that paranoid BluePearl tech insisted that the Kong fragment stuck in your stomach was MOST CERTAINLY a cancerous tumor on the x-ray go music lieder herunterladen. (It’s funny in retrospect.)

I miss you so, so much: both as the unique and funny and stubborn little person you were, and for all that you represented herunterladen. After you and Kaylee passed away, I tried to find meaning by fostering. And it was great. But I’ve been on a hiatus for entirely too long, and so meaning is increasingly difficult to find Hangman. It’s hard, my little pooh bear. I wish you were here to make it a little less so.

I’ll always have the memories, though. You certainly made sure of that amazon video purchased series.

Love you to infinity and beyond,

Mom

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Thirty-Six Little Kaylee & Jayne Things

Monday, September 30th, 2019

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Dear Kaylee,

You were an excellent doggo, the best, 15/10, all the stars kostenlose dvd player herunterladen. 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 herunterladen. 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 criminal minds pc spiel kostenlos downloaden. 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 bild news app herunterladen. 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 mailbox downloaden outlook?

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 schriftart oswald herunterladen. 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 herunterladen. 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) bus spiel kostenlos downloaden. 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 sony bravia tv apps herunterladen. 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 eos utility vollversion downloaden. Always you.

With love,

Mom

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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

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Thirty Little Mags and Finnick Things

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

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Mags,

So you know the purpose of this exercise, right flipagram for free? I list one thing I love (or love-hate) about you for each of your birthdays. Either until I run out of things or I return to starstuff with you. The thing is, I think I could keep this up forever slither io kostenlos herunterladen. Seriously, I can’t imagine ever running out. I don’t know how she did it, but the great Dog above packed so much sass and ferocity and Manic Pixie Dream Grrrl and just sheer personality into such a tiny package wo kann man kostenlos herunterladen. Like, it defies expectations. Or physics. You were one of a kind, sweet babygirl.

(By the by, I discovered Nitty Scott over the summer. Whenever BBYGRL comes on, I imagine a video starring you: “no I ain’t bossy / I just be the boss.”)

I miss you so very much secure app sparda herunterladen. Seriously, not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Whether it’s the Dogsure-stained sweatshirt in my closet (which I will never wash!), the wheelchair sitting in the corner of the bedroom, or the Batgirl jammies hanging in the office, the house is brimming with reminders of you adobe acrobat pro mac for free. You were such a huge part of my life, and I hope you know that I fought for you as hard as I could. I’m talking bare knuckles, knock-down, drag-out, straight up brawling transformers kostenlosen. I’m just sorry I couldn’t do more. I loved you so, so much, and in that I never failed or faltered.

I wish I could have you back – healthy and whole, of course – but, failing that, these memories will have to suffice herunterladen. To misquote Lucinda Williams, your memory may not keep me warm, but it never leaves me cold. (Sometimes it does, though. Keeps me warm, that is. Only sometimes, but we’ll get there.)

Say hi to the rest of the pack for me gaeb kostenlos herunterladen.

Love always,

Mom

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Finnick,

It’s been a rough ride, hasn’t it boxcert.cer? I hope we at least landed somewhere good for you, a nice, cozy place where you can enjoy your senior years. I know I’m not dad, but I hope I’m doing right by you music maker jam kostenlos downloaden. You’ve turned out to be almost as much of a handful as your dog mom, and I promise to fight for you the way I fought for Mags. Even though I’m exhausted beyond reason and don’t have too much fight left in me. Whatever’s left, it’s yours.

I know we haven’t always been BFFs, but the last few years have brought us so much closer, and for this I’ll always be grateful. You may be an AGGRESSIVE PATIENT who’s prone to sudden outbursts (which makes snugging difficult, just sayin’) and has his own monogrammed Hannibal Lecter mask (j/k), but you’re my crazy ass dog, dammit, and I love you. For however long we have left together, and then for infinity after that.

Okay, it’s time I sign off. It’s almost time for your eye drops, CBD oil, and anti-seizure and pain meds. (so many issues!) Happy birthday/gotcha day, my grumpy old man.

Love,

Your human mom

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Seventeen Little Peedee Things

Friday, August 30th, 2019

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My dearest little monster,

I find it endlessly and disproportionately amusing that you share a birthday with my little sister, sweet Peedee soundcloud downloaden pc. 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 alte java version downloaden. 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 windows media player 12 free chip. 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 herunterladen. (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 herunterladen. 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 tubemate kostenlos downloaden.

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I discovered a new category of dog photos today: Peedee side-eying Finnick, an obvious offshoot of Kaylee side-eyeing Mags herunterladen.
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I wish you were here with me; I wish you could be with me forever herunterladen. 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 herunterladen. 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 karaoke songs gratis herunterladen. 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

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Book Review: A Book For Sad Pets by Kristin Tipping (2019)

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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I really don’t know what to make of A Book For Sad Pets.*

If the mere thought of your furred, feathered, or scaled family member in pain – physical, mental, emotional, you name it – is like a knife to the heart, then A Book For Sad Pets is murder by fourteen stabs notiz herunterladen. (I counted.)

If, on the other hand, you think nothing of buying a designer dog to specs, like she’s a new Ford pickup or a set of custom kitchen cabinets; crow about how your dog is a member of the family…who you keep chained outside 24/7; or dump your senior doggo off at the pound because his incontinence is too much of an inconvenience for you – then this book is meant for you, even if odds are 99.9999% that you’ll dismiss it as sentimental librul snowflake nonsense uplay download for free.

I guess maybe the best audience is children, whose minds are still malleable and open to some compassionate guidance?

I fall into the first camp (obvs) and, while it depressed the h*ck out of me, it’s also a welcome reminder to put down my iPad/Kindle/keyboard/comic book every now and again and show my remaining nonhuman family members just how much I love and cherish them microsoft word 2016 gratis downloaden.

“Please, please tell me that you will always think of me.”
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* Especially the Goldy panel notepad++ kostenlos downloaden. It seems pretty tragic, as though Goldy’s people view their dogs as interchangeable, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t also thinking of Goldy 1 and Goldy 2, as Goldy 3 implores wieso kann ich keine apps herunterladen. SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS, PLEASE I AM BEGGING YOU. THE GOLDIES FOR REAL HAUNTING MY DREAMS.

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Fifteen Little Rennie Things

Monday, March 11th, 2019

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My dearest Oh-Ren-Rennie,

Happy fifteenth birthday to my little baby girl herunterladen! My little pop tart. My sweet sweetling. My heart.

I’m sorry I can’t give you a better one. Google Photos oh-so-helpfully reminded me that, on this day last year, we celebrated your big day with treats in the sun, a walk on the beach, and even a dip in the lake sims 4 mods download kostenlos deutsch. (In March! CAN YOU IMAGINE!) But here in New York it’s 35 and dreary, with an ice rink in the back yard. I wish you enjoyed company more in your old age, then we could have a pupper party with your cousins Hash, Roxy, and Leila, but that’s no longer your jam kostenlos midi files downloaden. So I guess mom and Finn and Lemmy will have to do.

After I wrap this post up, I’ll hide treats all over the house for you and Finnick to find and devour 7 days to die kostenlos herunterladen. Then maybe some belly rubs in front of the fireplace? And some of Finnick’s special, stinky canned food for dinner as a treat? I wish I could do more, but times are kind of sucky herunterladen. Your presence makes then a little less so. I hope you can say the same about me.

Wow, these birthday intros have gotten pretty depressing the past few years, haven’t they free youtube downloaden gratis mp4? Well let’s lighten things up with piggy bellies and silly shake faces.

I love you so much, sweet girl, and I try every day to show you just how much papers please deutsch kostenlosen. I know our days together are fast dwindling, but I’m determined to fill them with as much joy and happiness as I can muster.

Furever yours,

Mom

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Twenty-One Little Ralphie Things

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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Dear Ralphie,

I know I’m a day late with this, but cut me some slack, okay bing bilder herunterladen? It’s been a pretty stressful week/month/year/decade around here. Mags is maybe-probably dying – or at least really struggling – and I have to deal with selling my house, packing up, and moving back to New York when I should be worrying over her 24/7 farm frenzy kostenlos spielen ohne download. (Yup, right back where we started!) Anyway, if you think about it, it’s a tiny miracle that I was able to continue the tradition at all this year star stable online zum herunterladen. I’m sure there are a million other things I oughta be doing right now.

Anyway, you’ve been on my mind lately. I’ve spent no small amount of time in the local auto shop’s waiting room, and the owners have two dachshunds that they bring to work with them herunterladen! The more curious of the pair kept me company; I rubbed my clothes all over her to keep my doggos jealous and on their toes. It worked as planned with Rennie and Finnick, but Mags really couldn’t have cared less gta für windows 7 kostenlos downloaden. She knows where she stands. (Right on top of me, if that is her wish.)

I miss you, bud, but I’m also glad you got to go first. These have not been happy times, and you got out while the getting was good herunterladen. Lucky goose. I still miss you anyway. Shine a little light my way if you can, okay? I mean, assuming part of you is now a star. We could sure use it down here herunterladen deaktivieren windows 7.

Love you. Wish this was more upbeat. Next year, maybe?

Forever yours,

Mom

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Thirty-Four Little Kaylee & Jayne Things

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

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Dear Kaylee,

Last week my sis asked me to send her a few of my favorite pictures of you windows 10 updates nur herunterladen nicht installieren. 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 in gallery. 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 offroad simulator kostenlos downloaden. 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 music for free cannapower. 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 akkorde gitarre kostenlos downloaden! 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 jalopy kostenlos herunterladen. 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 kostenlos musik downloaden app.

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 herunterladen. 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 die besten seiten zum filmeen. 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 filmeen netflix mac. 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

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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

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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.

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Twenty-Eight Little Mags & Finnick Things

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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Dear Mags & Finn,

The past who-knows-how-many years have sucked, but you guys make everything worth it copytrans photo herunterladen. (Mags especially. Sorry Finn! We’re each others’ second choices and we both know it. I still love you though!) I hope you both make it to New York with me, and Rennie too of course, and live at least long enough to experience each season in the Northeast torrents downloaden met ipad. It’ll be a big change, but we’ve got each other, and isn’t that the most important thing? Plus you’ll finally get to meet (and snub, lmao) your extended nonhuman family: Hash and Roxy, Diablo, Jack and Diane, and Laila and Shadow herunterladen.

It’s been a rocky ride, but just know that I love you both so much. You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go.

Forever yours,

Mom

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Sixteen Little Peedee Things

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

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Peedee,

I’ve been missing you so very much the past year plus bild news app herunterladen. You were some dog, you know that? Things have been terrible, and I could use your stupid silly grin and lolling pink tongue more than ever. Not to mention an extra-soft shoulder to cry on, assuming your antics didn’t do the trick mailbox downloaden outlook.

Also, I think you would have made a great therapy dog/babysitter for old Magsy. What’s that, Peedee? Mags fell down a well!? Take me to her, boy schriftart oswald herunterladen.

Seriously, though, you were rad. I’ll never forget you, even if I live to be one hundred and twenty three (dog forbid).

Love,

Mom

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Book Review: Scout’s Heaven by Bibi Dumon Tak & Annemarie van Haeringen (2018)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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(Full disclose: I received a free copy of this book for review through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.)

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Little Brother peppers his family with questions: Where has Scout gone, if she’s no longer here? Does it rain above the clouds? Who will feed Scout free and legal music? Will she have a sea to splash in and other animals to chase? They answer his questions as best they know how and, after burying Scout, coax him to sleep herunterladen.

The next day, they wake to an impossibly sunny sky. (When you’re in the throes of grief, everything good and pure and beautiful seems a personal affront.)

…and the sound of Scout’s barking, coming from way up high radio fx kostenlos herunterladen.

Scout’s Heaven is a simple yet elegant book about loss and grief for dog lovers young and old. The whimsical illustrations nicely complement the story, which is more understated here than in similar books I’ve read tiptoi files manually. With books about “pet” loss, I measure stars in tears shed, and I didn’t bawl nearly as hard as I normally do. But maybe this is a good thing, especially when trying to explain death to kids adobe indesign cs6 herunterladen.

The vague references to Heaven definitely give the book a religious bent, but as an atheist I appreciated it just the same. The message could easily be tweaked to fit with my own favorite imagery, that of the souls of the ghosts in His Dark Materials breaking apart like so many champagne bubbles as they leave the land of the dead and join their daemons in the living world iphone app downloaden. Particles breaking apart and then coming back together to create new and wonderful creatures. Scout may be in the ground, but she’s everywhere else, too: in the air and sky, the sycamore tree that shades your bedroom window and the squirrel that calls it home powerpoint formen download kostenlos. Listen closely, and you can hear her voice.

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Fourteen Little Rennie Things

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

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Dear Rennie,

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I want to say more, but I’m apt to get weepy and hysterical in my present condition. And no one wants that! There’s just so much to worry about lately without you going and getting all old on me amazon movies to!

I hope you’re still around when we up and move to New York. I hope you like your new home and yard (smaller though they may be), and your cousins Hash and Roxy ubuntu schriftart herunterladen. I hope I’m doing right by you guys and making this all at least a tiny bit easier. You guys do, you know: make this all a little easier to bear wo kann ich kinofilme kostenlosen. Some days you guys are the only reason I get out of bed. (So you don’t poop in it, hardee har har.)

I love you. Please stick around a little bit longer, for me wlan zum herunterladen?

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Mom

(Can you believe it’s been thirteen years? I mean, h*ck.)

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Wonderfully Walnutty Banana Bread, Two Ways

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

What’s a gal to do when suddenly she finds herself in possession of a ten-pound bag of walnuts herunterladen? (Thanks, Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit!) Make banana bread, of course! (Bananas + walnuts are my favorite.)

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I started out with the classics: soft, spongy banana bread laced with a generous helping of chocolate chips and walnuts download and send the virus. Delish!

I could have stopped after polishing off that loaf in record time, but a) I still had a half of bunch of rapidly blackening bananas and b) I wanted to try a loaf out on Mags, the littlest and oldest of my dog-kids herunterladen. Over the past few years, she’s slowly been shedding weight, to the point that she now looks almost painfully thin. Thankfully, I think this is more a result of her fussy eating habits than a health problem youtube videos downloaden freemake. I thought I was doing good by letting her eat as much as she wanted and not pushing her – so as to not make mealtimes a horror show – but apparently not youtube videos downloaden 2018. My new strategy is a mix of good cop/bad cop: cajole her to eat a set amount at every mealtime, but also mix things up with new and exciting foods.

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Recipes after the jump!

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Mini-Review: Fliers: 20 Small Posters with Big Thoughts by Nathaniel Russell (2017)

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.)

Nathaniel Russell’s Fliers: 20 Small Posters with Big Thoughts is exactly what it says it is – a book of mini tear-out posters with Big – and sometimes Absurd – Ideas microsoft word 2010 kostenlos downloaden windows 7. Based on the sort of fliers that litter/decorate telephone poles, community billboards, and other public spaces, Russell’s art pairs a simple, minimalist aesthetic with the sort of weird and random thoughts of a full-time stoner apple safari herunterladen. The result is whimsical, funny, and – at times – profound AF.

Being an Animal Person, my favorite posters are those modeled on “lost dog” fliers, in part because they’re a lot more whimsical and lighthearted than their sad and tragic cousins amazon music app musik downloaden. “Found Dog” is the sort of thing I’ve fantasized about posting,

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and “The Opposite of Lost” is the plot of what could be an amazing, vegan-friendly animal uprising flick flipagram for free. (Think Planet of the Apes, minus the inter-species speciesism.)

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Whether you choose to regard it as a book of art or a collection of posters, Fliers is a neat little thingamajiggie.

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Twenty Little Ralphie Things

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
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Dear Ralphie,

I love you so very much, my darling boy rechnung schreiben programm kostenlosen. If your atoms happen to bump up against those of Dad – or Jayne, Peedee, Kaylee, or Ozzy – tell them I said the same.

Miss you, little bear herunterladen.

– Mom

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Thirty-Two Little Kaylee & Jayne Things

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

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My dearest little daemon,

I miss you so much, sweet Kaylee baby, but you already know that herunterladen. I think about you all the time (good!), even if many reminders come in the form of a certain nemesis named Mags (bad! boo! hiss!). Sometimes I refer to her as Kaylee 2.0, but I’m totally joking vorstadtweiber herunterladen! No one could replace you, baby girl.

Probably it will delight you to learn that there are some autumnal photo shoots in Mags’s immediate future, and that last week I made her dress up as Batgirl to cheer up your aunt Meesh gratis word downloaden windows. Finally, we can retire those Wonder Beyatch pictures. (Not! That was the best. I have those ‘roos hanging up in my closet, right next to your shindig dress, because they always make me think of you.)

Anyway, just checking in herunterladen. Even though it’s been 1,229 days since I last snuggled your mushy little body close, your absence remains a palpable, heavy thing. You were – forever are – my one and only herunterladen. You need not worry about some sassy little upstart supplanting you, in my imagination or my heart.

With love,

Your other half

 

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Dear Jayne,

You should be here with me, celebrating your thirteenth birthday in style (read: at the drive-in with ample biscuits and noochy popcorn) storio max spiele herunterladen. I wish things had gone differently; that the surgery had worked, or the chemo; or that we’d had the ability to see into the future, and not subjected you to either teams microsoft downloaden. Another canine cancer diagnosis is my worst fear, since it will likely shock me into paralysis. Weighing Peedee’s (relatively) good outcome against the terrible time you had; what’s a caregiver to do r herunterladen mac?

I miss you, sweet girl. Sure you were a loner, Dottie, a rebel; a bit of a misanthrope who just wanted to be left alone (but not too alone). But on that point, I can relate images from the internet. We had so much in common, you and I; and you taught me to accept you on your terms, to love you for who you were not, who I hoped you could be. You had a pretty good life, all in all, and I’m happy I could give that to you, if nothing else sims 4 kostenlose downloads haare.

I hope you’re happy, wherever your handsome little atoms are now.

Love,

Mom

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Twenty-Six Little Mags & Finnick Things

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

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Dear Mags,

It seems you have become my Kaylee 2.0 rettungskarte adac herunterladen. (That bitch again!) That’s not to say that you guys are interchangeable, or even all that much alike die sims hot date download kostenlos. 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 world pat kostenlosen. 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 wind music to download.

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 download image editing program pc for free.

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 herunterladen. 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 weltkarte herunterladen. 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 herunterladen. (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 stream videos herunterladen firefox.

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 from deezer. I learned that from Kaylee. (Sorry!)

Love you, noodle.

– Mom

 

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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

 

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