Most of you are familiar with the acronym vernacular of the
personals. You know, SWF, GBM, "SOS!" etc. Well, I vote
we add a new essential indicator of an essential -- for BG -- quality: DP.
You know, Dog Person.* Not just someone who remembers enjoying Benji.
Not just someone who'll wait patiently while I stop and pat, or at least nod
hello to, every passing canine. Someone who knows what dogs are thinking and
hears what they're saying and tells other Dog People about random dogs they
saw around town, just 'cause. Someone like our own Friday,
who's a volunteer foster mom/weekend walker for organizations you can find here,
or like our own Kim, who visits the site
just to scope. (All, of course, without being a big
spaz.) I'm not saying non-Dog
People are bad people; I'd just rather not...interbreed.
It is thus with a heavy, heavy heart that BG officially notes the recent passing
of our beloved Breakup Dog. The Breakup Pack -- Mom, Dad, Girl, and Dog -- gathered
at home for one last time as we chose to prevent the suffering that would inevitably
have accompanied her recently diagnosed terminal illness. Painless and at peace,
she -- a white shepherd with tundra wolf ancestry -- looked as beautiful and
noble in death as she had been for her nearly thirteen years of life. We buried
her behind the house with her favorite squeaky toy and a copy of an apt and
beautiful prayer written for her by a Native American shaman who works with
wolves. It is comforting to all of us that she is now free of pain and will
always be in her yard.**
It is thus that I also ask your indulgence. It's been...a very rough week.
This will be...a very short column (don't worry -- there are still new
Mini-Pearls and all the other regular column features). As you thereby grant
me the opportunity to mourn, I will give you back some brief thoughts on grieving,
BG-style, and also remind you of the difference pets can make in our lives (and,
er, about how pets can make clear our differences).
*What are your "requirements?" Post them here!
** This just in from Breakup Mom: Several people have asked us if they could
make a donation in BD's honor. We gratefully said that any wildlife organization
would do, but the wolf center we have long supported is the Wolf
Education & Research Center. Even just clicking over there to learn more
would be a contribution.