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This Weekend Open Thread is Sad

When this post runs, it will be one week since we had to say goodbye to my best girl.

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Pets

The One I Loved First

My mom stopped loving me after I gained weight following a miscarriage. Of course, that isn’t technically true. She didn’t stop loving me. She just wasn’t capable of true love. Once I was no longer the beautiful daughter she had bragged about, she couldn’t find anything about me to admire, and I became a reproach […]

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Pets

Saying Goodbye to Alegria

[Editor’s note: This post discusses pet death.] I had to put my 18-year-old cat to sleep last week. She’d been diagnosed with kidney disease (always fatal) a year and a half ago, so her death was no shock. And luckily, her decline was sudden; she didn’t suffer. But dealing with the aftermath has been much […]

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Life

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Gracie

“¦her heart was learning to lie down forever”¦ from Dog’s Death by John Updike, 1958 “¦She made her stiff legs trot and let her bent tail wag”¦ from Another Dog’s Death by John Updike, 1985