Be careful what you ask for. Around these parts, the things you need will be sitting on your porch before you even tell your neighbors you need them. Anticipating our determination to get a new pup soon, and knowing the mixed bag of success and failure with Tsuga, behavior-wise, a Floyd County dog-and-horse rescuer dropped off a heaping sack full of dog behavior and training books and tapes at the local vet’s office, and I picked them up yesterday. So, if we were in …

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Tsuga’s last picture: His salute to Christmas 2011 (and my mom) I will soon move on, on the blog, with more distance from last week’s loss. But at the same time, I want to make myself accountable to my small readership for this project–a readership that includes, perhaps, a disproportionate number of folks who have cared deeply for their animals, and for mine vicariously over the years at Fragments. I hope I can carry through to produce some final offering–most likely a digital book …

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UPDATE: We’re going to see all three “blond” puppies (2 females and one male) on Saturday. Wanna bet on us coming home without one? So very much has happened over the past few days, during which I have pretty much been in a fog and struggle to figure out what day it is. We waffle and second-guess, sometimes hot and sometimes cold: we should take some months to move beyond Tsuga, so we don’t subconsciously make the impossible comparison of a new, younger, untrained …

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