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,


2016-07-14 - Ralphie's Adoption Day

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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,


Sunday Afternoon

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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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Nineteen Little Ralphie Things

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Oh, Ralphie photofiltre studio xen nederlands.

Can you believe that fifteen years ago today we were celebrating your first birthday with us?

Last month was the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 amazon gekaufte cd herunterladen. It’s silly and incidental, but my memories of that day will forever be bound up in you. I was on the phone scheduling an appointment with the dermatologist when I heard the news herunterladen. We must have gotten into poison ivy while walking the trails next to our house, and I was covered in the stuff. Well, not covered by today’s standards, but by Fairport only semi-rural standards download and install the certificate. (Egads, I didn’t know what “covered in poison ivy” meant back then, with one dog and limited green space.) Anyway, the news coverage and photos of search and rescue dogs android apple herunterladen? Always makes me think of you, and our first years together. Before we became a pack of two and three and five and finally seven.

Your dad and I miss you so much, buddy samsung apps ohne wlan downloaden. Whenever we get a new foster, I wonder what you’d think of her. I picture you with Daisy’s curlicue tail, and we compare the size of Brutus’s paws to yours google play auf sd karte downloaden. (I think they’re nowhere near as big, fwiw.) Every time we find a new trail to explore, my heart shatters for a split second, on account of we’ll never be able to walk it with you world mosaics kostenlosen vollversion.

I don’t want to get all depressive on your big day, though. So instead of saying I miss you (again!), I’ll just say thank you: for being the first in an era, my Other Boyfriend, by little Ralphie Bear fernsehsendungen komplett herunterladen. The very first dog I adopted on my own; the very first dog all my own. For being the leader of our little pack, for nearly twelve years. They were the best herunterladen. You were the best.

Love you so, so much,

– Mom

2002-06-17 - Kelly&RalphieAtTheGame-11

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Book Review: Senior Dogs Across America: Portraits of Man’s Best Old Friend, Nancy LeVine (2016)

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Old Dogs Rock (and so do Nancy LeVine’s Portraits!)

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: Schiffer Publishing provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

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(Not-So-) Happy Ralphieversary!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

X-Mas 2015 - In Memoriam (Ralphie) (cropped)

Oh, Ralphie waldgeräusche herunterladen. I miss you so much.

It’s been a tough three years since you left me. Kaylee followed you soon after, and then not a year later, Peedee was diagnosed with cancer laptop kamera software kostenlos downloaden. He put up a really good fight, but last November we had to say goodbye to him too. He was only thirteen. Thirteen! Of all you guys, I thought he’d live the longest converter german for free.

Pictures of happy young Peedee, with his huge goofy grin, still make me cry. Pictures of you two (or three!) together are even worse. Sometimes I wish I believed in heaven, or an afterlife shieldwall herunterladen. Images of you guys snuggled together, running through fields and chewing on Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, taking care of one another in my absence, sure would help virus protection for windows xp for free. But the past is a kind of comfort too. Everything that made you you is gone, dispersed into the atmosphere to form new creatures, but your memory will always live on in my heart herunterladen. Some days it’s not nearly enough; and yet it kind of has to be.

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And now we’re going through the same thing with Jayne spiele für xbox 360 kostenlosen. She had surgery, and then chemo, but she’s having a much harder time with it than Peedee did. We got some really bad news this morning. Things aren’t looking good herunterladen. Probably we should stop scheduling vet appointments on anniversaries and birthdays. It was on the two-year anniversary of Kaylee’s death that Peedee got his death sentence open office schrift herunterladen. And we found about Jayne’s possible cancer on Rennie’s birthday. Sigh. How am I supposed to deal with that?

I wish I could bottle that feeling of nervous excitement I felt fifteen years ago problemsing origin. There’s nothing quite like welcoming a new dog into your home; knowing that you’re about to meet your new best friend and constant shadow. The love of your goddamn life. I’d give anything to go back there and do it all again. All this pain and heartache is worth it … though in times like these, it can be so, so easy to lose sight of that.

I wish this was a happier letter, but it is what it is. I miss you so fucking much, my little bear. You may be gone, but I keep you alive every single day.

P.S. It kinda sorta breaks my heart that I don’t have any new photos to add to these posts; instead I just have to keep repurposing old ones.

2016-07-14 - Ralphie's Adoption Day


Previous years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2008

Some anniversaries just suck ass.

Friday, May 6th, 2016

It was three years ago today that we had to start saying our goodbyes to Ralphie downloaden präteritum. He was in renal failure and, after several days in the hospital, wasn’t showing any signs of improvement … we were able to give him a few awesome last days, at least, filled with treats and tummy rubs and afternoons sunbathing at the park film van website. He was tired but happy, and basked in the attention we lavished on him. He died at home, three days later, on my 35th birthday.

Two days later we found out that Kaylee was sick too; also from renal failure, in a crazy-making coincidence video youtube online herunterladen. She passed away a few weeks later, on May 21st. It was a surprise – she had a stroke and lapsed into a coma – but also not, because though we were treating her, or trying to anyway, it was a struggle herunterladen. I wish Kaylee’s last days had been as wonderful as Ralphie’s; she deserved that much, and more (so much more!). I try not to think of them too much herunterladen.

It was two years later, to the very day, that we learned of Peedee’s relapse; that the cancer had stopped responding to the chemo and the best we could hope for was two good months, three if we were super-lucky top 100 charts download kostenlos legal. He lived six months and two days, almost all of them healthy (relatively speaking) and happy and spoiled rotten. God, how I miss his goofy smile and stupid pink tongue and soft, pink fur windows live movie makeren gratis. His bark and excitability and spirit. His intellect and empathy. I could use his shoulder for a good cry right now, I tell you what.

I’ve been missing Kaylee and Ralphie and Peedee so, so much this week and month herunterladen. I wish I could strike May from the calendar and never think of it again. But I can’t so instead I’m gonna watch this Heinz commercial on repeat because it makes me grin like a weirdo every time it plays on the tv herunterladen something. Also, standing in the receiving line of a wiener dog stampede is how I’d like to go out. (Though none of these guys is nearly as cute as my Ralphie Bear.) Someone make this happen please herunterladen.

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Oh, bother.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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Since losing Peedee exactly one month ago today, the mood has been pretty morose around here tom 2 herunterladen. “Not in the holiday spirit” is kind of an understatement: I didn’t even realize that it was Thanksgiving until ~6PM the night of; I did the bare minimum in terms of Christmas decorating (the requisite tree + a few childhood items and every dog-themed decoration I own; I may have been several weeks late, but I got it done in record time – three hours instead of the usual three days!); and the only gifts I managed to buy were for the dogs iphone pdf downloaden. For a hot second, I actually considered skipping the annual holiday cards entirely: TOO. MUCH. WORK.

But my kiddos aren’t getting any younger, and I’m afraid that we don’t have that many more Christmases together adobe elements 12 downloaden. For all I know, this could even be someone’s last. (Knock on wood; I can’t handle any more bad news for at least another year or two. Preferably twenty.) And how shitty would I feel in retrospect if I decided to hell with Christmas this year card games for free withouting? (Worst human mother in the world type shitty, more or less.)

So I decided to power through with an impromptu Winnie the Pooh theme, and who cares if I’m a little late Downloading windows update is not possible? (Dear friends and relatives: Your cards will be late this year. Don’t think it’s because you got bumped from my list, or that I only sent you a card after receiving yours java oracle download kostenlos. I am just moving like molasses on account of my depression and apathy.)

The theme was inspired by the dread I felt as the holiday season approached: “Oh, bother.” And then I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be adorable to dress Jayne – mopey, doe-eyed, sad sack Jayne – up as Eeeyore, Eeeyore being what would really should have named her in the first place antivirus program windows 8.1 for free? (Jayne Cobb the girl ain’t.) And simply title it “Oh, bother.” The sentiment is apropos, but also still hella cute.

To wit:

X-Mas 2015 - Oh Bother (Main)

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But of course I couldn’t begin and end with Jayne; for the supporting cast, I bought an Eeyore hat online (stuffing the top with newspaper, so the adult size would kinda sorta fit on their tinny lil’ goggie heads) and took some pictures that I’d planned on making into “outtake” cards brackets kostenlos downloaden. But I’ll be damned if the outtake didn’t turn out better than the original!

X-Mas 2015 - Smallest Things (Main)

(All the quotes, by the by, are Pooh-based eiskönigin 2 kostenlos herunterladen. I like saying that – “Pooh” – because it reminds me of Peedee. Pooh, Pooh, Poo!)

So everyone will, in point o’ facts, be getting two cards this year, to make up for their tardiness. Win/win.

I also made a series of “in memoriam” pseudo-cards just for me. Normally I’d say “just for funsies,” except I was bawling my eyes out the whole time I worked on them. Damn you, A. A. Milne, and your lovely, life-affirming, friendship-celebrating one-liners.

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Eighteen Little Ralphie Things

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

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Oh, Ralphie roblox to. I loved the fuck out of you. Still do.

You were my first dog and my reddest dog. My laziest (initially) and most active (once you discovered digging and went all MMA with it) settlers for free. Terribly sweet but not interested in taking any shit from the newcomers. You adored Peedee (once you got used to his annoying puppy-ness, that it) and loved Rennie video from youtube download handy. You made them your siblings, and then all but ignored Kaylee and Jayne (and later Mags and Finnick). You were head over heels for Shadow, but when we returned to New York for a visit, it was all about Copper word download kostenlos.

You were a man of contradictions and complex layers. You also liked to eat poo and dug holes with your mouth. Go figure.

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I love all of you, and not just because you were my first (though that does afford you a special place in ye ole cockles) herunterladen. Shane wants to adopt another wiener dog, eventually, but I’m not so sure. (Unless we get a pair and name them Sam and Dean Wienerchester. That is an opportunity I simply cannot pass up.) You’re one of a kind, forever and always schnelle internet browser kostenlosen.

I still miss you like crazy, but for the first time since you passed, this annual birthday post has brought a smile to my lips instead of tears to my eyes windows 10 herunterladen ausblenden. Rereading previous years’ posts, searching through old pictures for just the right one, adding one more Thing to mark your eighteenth year…it hurts a little, but it’s a good hurt herunterladen. The price of having known and loved you for four thousand, three hundred and seventeen days. I’d say we made out pretty good, don’t you think study certificate uni münster?

Until next year, my Ralphie Bear.

Sunday Afternoon

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Who Wore It Better?: Mom’s Bikini Top

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Earlier this week we played an impromptu round of dress-up, and Peedee ended up in my old blue and white Wal-Mart bikini top (which, incidentally, has been stored in the dogs’ costume box for the last decade or two) usb treiber windows 98 kostenlos. This is the same top Ralphie sported in the infamous “sexy beast” birthday card herunterladen.

So who wore it better?


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My vote goes to Ralphie herunterladen. While Peedee is indeed a fine specimen, he lacks Ralphie’s wide chest and ample bosom (singular). See how the extra fabric gathers and flaps around his midsection myvodafone app? SO unattractive. His stylist really should have pinned that back with safety pins or something.

♥♥ It’s Ralphie’s Gotcha Day! ♥♥

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

To Ralphie

Fourteen years almost to the minute herunterladen.

Instead of doing the melancholy, “where did the time go!?!” thing, here are four of my favorite Ralphie stories from the early days video von seite herunterladen. If these anecdotes seem a little crude, just know that one of Ralphie’s nicknames was Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • His first few months with us, Ralphie did a brief stint as a panty thief herunterladen. His penchant for my dirty skivvies was gross enough, but also really frustrating: I’ve always had trouble finding undies that fit properly and are comfortable, and here he was, ruining them all sims 4 mods download kostenlos deutsch. And the damnedest thing is, to this day I still have no idea how he got his fix. I had a mesh fabric laundry bag at the time, and he could have made quick work of it if he’d wanted kostenlos midi files downloaden. But there wasn’t a single hole or chew mark on it!

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  • During trips home, Ralphie became sexually fixated on my parents’ dog Copper – who he tried repeatedly to hump, despite the comical size disparity herunterladen. It was like watching a barnacle cling determinedly to the stern of a ship.

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    Incidentally, Copper often tried to hump (a very horrified) Peedee free youtube downloaden gratis mp4.

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  • When he was upset with me – maybe I went on a walk without him, or just had to pop out to run some errands – he’d poop in the house to signal his displeasure papers please deutsch kostenlosen. But always in a slightly out-of-the-way spot, like the library or behind the bathroom door. Often I wouldn’t find it until hours later, and omg the cleanup 10 finger system kostenlosen.

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    Incidentally, a picture of “patio poop” was the best I could do by way of illustration.

  • He was usually pretty trustworthy around food, except for this one time I foolishly left an Amy’s pizza on the coffee table. Probably I ran into the bathroom for a contact emergency. Anyway, I come out just in time to see Ralphie hightailing it around the corner with a quarter of the pizza stuffed in his mouth.

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    Incidentally, yes – because I know you all are wondering! – I did finish that pizza. You know I did.

    Sunday Afternoon (original)

    Happy trails, little guy. I still think about you all the time. (*hoof hoof*)

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    (The “old girlfriend” one hits me especially hard, since fourteen years on I still feel like a complete shit for taking Ralphie away from Shadow.)

    Book Review: Scarlett Undercover, Jennifer Latham (2015)

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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    Merry X-Mas 2014: The Lung Cancer Awareness ed.

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

    That was the theme, anyway, to celebrate Peedee being cancer-free for seven months and counting. (He still has to get an x-ray every three months to be sure, but the six-month mark was the milestone strafregisterauszug herunterladen. As far as the vets are concerned, the boy is DTF. Down to frolic! Or something.)

    But in the end I was pressed for time, what with the dreary, cloudy weather; the constant comings and going of the roofers, whipping the dogs into frenzy upon frenzy; and the arrival of our newest foster, Tiny Terror; and anyway the white ribbons Shane got at Michael’s were floppy and flimsy and I couldn’t twist a decent awareness ribbon, let alone find a way to attach them to the dogs’ persons, so I just threw holiday ribbons and headbands on everyone and called it a day briefpapier weihnachten zum downloaden.

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    2014 X-Mas Card (back)

    I didn’t do any outtakes this year, but after the jump are a few of my favorite shots (including one of Peedee sporting his Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbon on his satellite dish of an ear; this represents my very best effort at making the theme work, I swear to you), along with some of this year’s decorations herunterladen.

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    Seventeen Little Ralphie Things

    Friday, October 10th, 2014

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    Oh, Ralphie. Last year I was so convinced that he’d live to see sixteen medieval 2 total war kostenlosen vollversion. He was so healthy, especially for a senior dog, right up until those last few weeks.

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    He took the loss of one eye with incredible grace; the loss of his eyesight, a little less so kan je netflixen op laptop. Still, he was happy and active and a totally stubborn d-bag right up until the end. His last days were pretty awesome, all things considered. He got the kind of exit we all should wish for download avast antivirus for free. A little piece of him lives in my heart, forever.

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    Deep conversations followed by sloppy kisses

    When I decided to extend these “little things” birthday lists postmortem, I was afraid that I’d run out of items to keep them going. But with Ralphie, as was the case with Kaylee, I was quickly reminded that this isn’t the case; if anything, there are so many things I love and remember and love to remember about them that I should be able to continue the tradition for at least another twenty years. Assuming that this blog (or blogs, period) are still around then.

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    Mighty Dog

    Monday, July 14th, 2014

    Thirteen years ago tonight, we saw Ralphie for the first time.

    He was from Indiana, and we were living in Rochester at the time, so we didn’t even have a chance to meet him before the adoption was finalized schöne schriftenen kostenlos. I just knew he was the dog for us. I can’t explain how, really; we went through one or two other possibilities before we settled on him apps sony TV. We just knew. I fell in love with him instantly, across five hundred or so miles.

    There was a wiener dog parade happening in Ohio that weekend, so one DRNA volunteer drove him from Indiana to Ohio, where she was met by Lela and her husband, who brought him to New York kann man bei amazon prime filme herunterladen. We met them that night at their home in Jamestown. I remember that one of the other dogs in the car nipped the husband on the face en route. I tried not to stare; the injury kind of looked like a cleft palate herunterladen. Lela seemed wistful to be giving up the most well-behaved dog only hours after having acquired him. Well behaved, for a wiener dog.

    I wasn’t long out of my parents’ house when we adopted Ralphie – I remember thinking that the rescue was crazy to give this shiny new young couple a dog, just like that – but I found myself longing for a dog pretty much from the moment the last box was moved in and unpacked audio von websiteen mac. There was Shadow, of course, and she’d always be my girl (well, my mom’s girl mostly, but she had more than enough love to go around, in spite of the hell that certain members of my species had put her through) ballerspiele kostenlos herunterladen. I just wanted a dog of my very own so very badly. The first of many, I hoped. And already we’ve loved more dogs than many people manage in their entire adulthoods: Peedee, O-Ren, Kaylee, Jayne, Mags and Finnick herunterladen. We’ve been lucky in that sense. All the lost and pain of the last fourteen months…I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

    Ralphie was the beginning microsoft word kostenlosen vollversion. Special. My little boyfriend.

    I wish I had more pictures of our first days and months together. I went hunting around on my hard drive this morning, and the earliest photos I could find are really atrocious scans, lacking even a firm date herunterladen. Just: summer, 2001. This makes me sad. Wistful.

    The top one I named Mighty Dog.

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    Apparently I got my first digital camera some time in November, because that’s when the pictures really start to pick up. Still, they’re pretty sparse compared to present day.

    Fast-forwarding a few years, I’m shocked to see that I didn’t take a single picture of Peedee’s homecoming. The earliest ones are a few days post-adoption. I guess we were too busy making sure the guys got on well? Even with O-Ren, we only have a few photos taken that first day. To be fair, she was recovering from kennel cough and looked all kinds of pathetic. Still.

    Compare that to Kaylee and Jayne, or Mags and Finnick, of whose special days I have literally hundreds of photos. And not just from the first day: the first weeks and months. All day, every day. First meets, first eats, first baths. I’m a little camera-crazy, actually. Probably in no small part because I regret not having so many other memories locked down, immortalized in pixels and bytes.

    But there’s no going back, just forward.

    I miss you, little bear. I’m glad you didn’t let us change your name. You’ll forever be our Ralphie, through and through.

    One small seed

    Friday, May 9th, 2014

    To Ralphie

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    – Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

    So this is Christmas…

    Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

    I almost didn’t bother decorating this year – I was just feeling too damn depressed. But then I figured that I’d be even more bummed without all the shiny happy tinsels and ribbons and be-pirated stuffed animals brightening up the bleak winter landscape inkscape for mac. (There’s a reason I leave the decorations up through February, people!) Plus I knew I’d regret skipping the holiday cards further down the line; some of my favorite pictures of the dogs are from our x-mas photo sessions (see, e.g., Kaylee in her shindig dress and Ralphie the pizza poo) kann 888poker nicht downloaden. So X-Mas came to the Garbato-Brady household after all!

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    For this year’s cards, I decided to keep it simple: instead of complicated outfits, I opted for ribbons taped to dog collars super bubbles kostenlos herunterladen. My original idea was to photograph everyone in pairs and, long story short, I have no freaking clue how I was able to get Ralphie, Peedee, and Rennie to sit still (AT THE SAME TIME!!!) for our very first card herunterladen. No one was having it, and I think the treats meant as bribery actually made things worse – everyone seemed to be competing with their partners for the noms hubschrauber flugsimulator kostenlos downloaden. The good news is that everyone made it on the card – even Lemmy, who spent most of his photo time chewing on the ribbon strings.

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    Book Review: For Every Dog An Angel, Christine Davis (2004)

    Friday, November 1st, 2013

    For anyone who’s ever loved and lost a canine companion herunterladen.

    five out of five stars

    I lost my two oldest dogs, Ralphie and Kaylee, in May of this year herunterladen. Though I live with five other dogs – nothing to sniff at! – my home feels so unbelievably empty without them here. Ralphie was my first rescue dog; he lived with my husband and me for nearly twelve years before his passing karaoke songs gratis herunterladen. And Kaylee…well, she was something special. I don’t know if I believe in the idea of one “forever” dog – it’s too depressing to think that I’ll never love another creature the way I did (do!) her – but she was certainly my favorite stemmen downloaden tomtom gratis. Five months later, and not a moment passes in which I don’t miss them both something awful.

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    Sixteen Great Big Ralphie Things

    Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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    Right back at ya, stud.

    Oh, Ralphie. I really thought you’d be here truck simulator kostenlosen vollversion. I was convinced, right up until those last few days, that you’d live to see your sixteenth birthday – and beyond. You were so damn healthy and active, so full of life. What the hell did I know? Other than that I loved you with all my heart, that is. My little guy iphone bilder herunterladen windows 7.

    It’s been five months, and you’re still always on my mind. Rambling around in my chest, right alongside Kaylee. I still keep a running list of all the things I love about you – the things (so many things!) I want never to forget. I’d call them “Little Ralphie Things,” only they don’t seem so little anymore. As with Kaylee, I’ll add to this list every year until I run out animierte weihnachtsgrüße kostenlos downloaden. In other words, never.

    Happy birthday, bud. I’m gnawing on a piece of fruit leather for you.

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    Ralphie kisses in the summer of ’01.


    Sixteen Little Great Big Ralphie Things

  • That beautiful red fur oude windows movie maker gratis downloaden. (I wish my hair was that color!)

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  • Ears!

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  • Stubborn, just like mom.

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  • Trying to hump dogs three times his size.

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  • The superhair that used to grow under his armpit.

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    (I’m afraid we plucked it to death!)

  • Paws like paddles.

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  • Ralphie + Shadow 4ever!

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  • Nighttime snuggles.

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  • Digging for squirrels in trees. (2013)

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    Wrong direction, goober!