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The Last Choice

“Blake and Du –“ I stopped, took a breath, tried again. “Blake! Do you want some food?” Big Blake, our muscular English Labrador, bounded down the stairs to breakfast. As he did, I realized once again how hard this was … Continue reading

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Holding On

Pets have a way of making the holidays unforgettable. There was our long-ago cat Twinkle, for example, who discovered the joys of Christmas-tree tinsel. She not only lived, she shared the results in glorious Technicolor behind the television for all … Continue reading

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The Paws That Refreshes

I’ve referred many times to our younger dog as Big Blake, about 85 pounds of rambunctiousness who’s never met a substance that he didn’t try to eat. He’s lively. He’s fun. He’s carefully watched at meal times. He also, unknown … Continue reading

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Making Change

Duchess the Wonder Dog is wondering how to get up on our bed. It’s no small puzzle. Not for the mind, I might add. As part lab and part border collie, Duchess is an honor student among canines. She’s especially … Continue reading

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Into the Cone

Our dog Duchess has gone bonkers. BONK! She ricochets off the kitchen’s doorframe. BONK! She bounces off the bookshelf while charging in to get her food. BONK! She rebounds off the nearest family member as she tries to hurry past. … Continue reading

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Drawing the Poison

I’ve been walking the yard with the dogs lately. I’m sure most of you can guess why. If you can’t, I envy you. Our two dogs, you see, have eating habits that only a canine could love. Our senior citizen, … Continue reading

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Clowning Achievement

It started with a puking dog. As all good comedy should. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The author Spider Robinson once speculated that the universe is connected by a number of invisible switches, set to activate at certain times. … Continue reading

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Claiming Space

By the time I came to bed, a furry mountain range had already seized most of the acreage. “Blake…” Big Blake, the Clydesdale Canine, remained motionless, the dark fur of his muscular body almost invisible in the night. He may … Continue reading

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A Moment’s Attention

I came down the basement steps into a sea of garbage. “Oh, Blake …” When a 70-pound dog shreds two bags of trash, the results can be pretty spectacular. Especially when you’ve just cleaned the kitchen the day before. I … Continue reading

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Taking the Cake

“BLAAAAKE!” I followed my wife’s voice to the scene of the carnage. Heather stood there aghast, with an over-muscled Labrador mix on one side, and a half-empty cake pan on the other. Big Blake, it seemed, had discovered my belated … Continue reading

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