More From Rumpy

I am now assigned to work from home. It’s great to get to be here with Rumpy and the kitties more, even if I’m working. Especially now. Rumpy has taken a turn for the worse. He still eats well and never says no when I offer to take him outside, but his breathing continues to […]

Suck it Up, Buttercup!

I’ve been hesitant to write. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because my dog is dying and I don’t want to talk about that publicly too much. I know you’re animal lovers and that you understand. But stoicism is the message we’ve been given all our lives; you don’t grieve animals. You bury them and move on. And […]

Taking Comfort in Stock

We adults act like we can take anything life throws at us. And while most of us can, it doesn’t mean we’ll come out the other end unscathed. I vacuumed out my car yesterday afternoon for the first time since Rumpy’s diagnosis. Why did I wait two weeks? Maybe for the same reason I didn’t […]

Letting Go

As you know, we are soon moving to a new place in a new town. And as you know, Malachi died. I chose to bury Malachi in the yard beneath a tree here. It’s a tree where birds sing to us, and one of the homeless kitties often uses the tree to climb onto the […]

And the Day Comes……

And eventually the day comes when you realize that this is the new normal, so you’d better get used to it and move on. I’ve been offered a job in North Central Florida, so I’ll be nearby Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee. I’ve got to find us yet another place to live and then get packing. […]

Rumpy the Consoler

I have been greatly surprised by many things in the past couple of days. I have been especially surprised with Rumpy.       Rumpy is not an especially affectionate dog. He lets me rub his head and he likes being brushed, but no hugs please, and don’t touch his feet. He is, however, an emotional […]

Dear DeDe- Dealing With Loss

Rumpy:  Oh Dog!  It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another edition of Dear DeDe.  Are you ready DeDe? DeDe:  I am present and accounted for! Rumpy:  Today we have a question from an anonymous poster.  She recently lost a well-loved dog and misses him something awful.  So do the others in the household. […]