Just a Bunch of Silly Pictures of Me and my Dog, on the Occasion of Her Adoption Day

Exactly 11 years ago, I brought Maggie home for the first time. A few days later, I took this picture.

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This was the first in a long line of silly pictures of Maggie and me.

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Eventually, I realized how much she hated being picked up, and I found new ways to make her hate being photographed.

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The past eleven years have had many ups and downs, but the constant source of happiness, stability, and love is this pup.

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I took this one on the scariest day of our lives together; the morning I dropped her off for her cancer surgery.

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And took this one once she was home.

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We’ve both got a little more gray in our beards these days, but we’re going to keep taking silly pictures every chance we get.

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Maggie D, you’re the best. Happy adoption day, little bear.

 

The Birthday Pup

When I adopted Maggie back in 2006, I’d been desperately wanting a dog for years. But I was moving a lot, and most of the places I lived wouldn’t allow dogs. So when my friend Charlie said he was moving and needed a new home for his dog, I didn’t ask many questions. When I got her, I knew she was a year old and had been born in January. So, at some point, I decided that her birthday was January 15th. Over the years, I have to admit, I haven’t always remembered. But this year is big, because it’s Maggie’s 10th birthday. And she’s had a tough year, with me traveling a lot in advance of our move, my new dog Kramer joining the pack, then getting adjusted to a new place. So this year, when I remembered her birthday was coming up, I may have overdone it when shopping for her.

Here’s to you, Maggie. You’re a better dog than I ever dreamed of having, and I can’t imagine what the last 9 years would’ve been like without you.