To All the Dogs We've Loved Before

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To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« on: September 24, 2016, 09:42:11 AM »
To All the Dogs We've Loved Before — OK, Ew, That Sounded Romantic

Marci   September 23, 2016


It's National Dog Week, and we're getting all mushy about the dogs who've meant so much to us.

It's rather fitting that it's National Dog Week. Seven years ago this very week, I went with my friend Amy to an animal shelter in Boca Raton, Florida, to help her return the traps she'd borrowed to catch feral cats, get them spayed or neutered, and release them; while I was there, I couldn't resist the "dog room," which is where I met this guy:



Wee seven-month-old Rufus, then called Pauly, in his little shelter pen.

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Re: To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 09:43:33 AM »
Even though I hadn't planned on adopting another dog — I already had my beloved Max, who passed away almost exactly a year ago at the age of 15 and a half — I just couldn't resist that face, that softer-than-cashmere fur, and that people-loving demeanor. I had turned 30 a few months earlier and was feeling especially grown-up (i.e., capable of taking care of two dogs), so I put in an application. A few days later, Rufus came to live with Max and me.



They loved each other immediately.

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Re: To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 09:45:41 AM »
Today, Rufus and I live in Brooklyn with my boyfriend — they are madly in platonic human-dog love — but he's the first dog that was ever 100 percent mine. He wasn't my family's dog or a dog I adopted with a former significant other (like Max). And I think that makes him particularly special to me. We're truly each other's.

That's not to say the other dogs in my life have not been special to me. I adore practically every dog I meet, so I can barely put into words what the dogs I've lived with have meant to me.



Latke and me (I was 1 and 11). You may recognize these pictures from when we all talked about how our pets got their names. Good times.

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Re: To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2016, 09:46:03 AM »
Latke, a fluffy white-and-black mutt, came into my life when we were both puppies. My parents gave her a huge fenced-in area in our backyard, where she hung out all day as long as the weather was reasonable; they wanted to keep her separate from our cat, Knish, but she also really loved running around out there and napping in her doghouse. At night, we'd lay out a fleecy blanket for her in the laundry room and set up a little gate in the doorway so she could see into the living room without harassing Knish. But as you can see in the right-hand photo above, I'd often get on the floor in the laundry room with her so she wouldn't feel lonely.

Right after my 12th birthday, Latke and Knish were put to sleep on the same day (both had painful health problems), shortly after my father was hospitalized for a heart attack. You know, fun sixth-grade stuff. It would be a couple of years before we got our next dog, Monte, from a local labrador retriever breeder. 

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Re: To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2016, 09:47:31 AM »
Monte was so smart and gentle — except for the time his little puppy teeth slashed my dad's finger open, but that was an accident — and without a cat in the house, my parents decided to let him be an "indoor dog." But a year after we got him, when we moved down to South Florida and into a house with an in-ground pool, we found out he considered himself a water dog.



Monte and me (ages 1 and 15, respectively) during his first swim.

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Re: To All the Dogs We've Loved Before
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2016, 02:39:06 PM »

you're glad they came along, and now you dedicate this song of a blog... i feel your joy!

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