Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Puppy love



It's a dirty nylon bone, something Albert unearthed from the backyard about a month ago. He now carries it with him everywhere -- to the couch, and into the office when I'm working; he naps with it, sleeps with it. He leaves it at the back door when he goes outside, and picks it up when he returns.

Albert's not a chewer or a toy-kind of guy. Even the tennis balls have to be traveling, at a decent clip, somewhere, otherwise he's not interested in the least.

This was Phoebe's favorite toy. I think it's called a dental bone or something cutesy, Denta-Bone, maybe. She gnawed and worked away at this thing constantly -- her challenge. She removed a few of the rubber spikes -- that was her personal best. Otherwise, this was the only thing she couldn't tear, deconstruct, or eviscerate.

So though this nylon bone may look dirty and disreputable to you, for Albert, it's a scrapbook, a sentimental song, a memory of the girl who taught him never fear the noise of fireworks, thunder, or gardeners. Her motto: Always bark back.

30 comments:

  1. That is so touching...Phoebe lives on...

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  2. Albert, you sentimental devil you! What a nice gift Phoebe left in your backyard for you to find.

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  3. So nice you found that precious gift, Albert. Yes, Phoebe lives on...

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  4. Oh, boy. Heartstrings tugged on here. I love to come upon something I've forgotten I have that belonged to someone dear.

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  5. Altadena Invisible FriendJuly 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    What falls away we catch.

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  6. It's so darling that he cherishes that thing. I don't know if there's anything here of Boz's for Wilma to discover, and if she did, she might not like it. But I have treasures of my own and I know how Albert feels.

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  7. I think we all miss her, KB.

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  8. Albert loved Phoebe. It's incredible that he's keeping her memory alive with this Dentabone. Someone should tell all the "experts" who say dogs have no emotions like that. So what toy or memory of Phoebe's are you carrying everywhere with you, Karin?

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  9. That was sad. Dogs most certainly do have feelings.

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  10. This is the loveliest, most sentimental example of recycling I've ever seen.

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  11. awww, Albert's a sweetie... he definitely misses her...grieving has no boundaries..

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  12. Oh. This fills my heart to bursting. I loved Albert before, now I love him even more. xoxo

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  13. It's been awhile... so it's nice to see a photo up of Phoebe. She was a sweety. But so is Albert.

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  14. " . . . it's a scrapbook, a sentimental song, a memory of the girl who taught him never fear the noise of fireworks, thunder, or gardeners."

    Speaks a library of volumes.

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  15. It was funny, he took all his cues from Phoebe. I really believe she was the one who finally housebroke him. Lord knows, I wasn't having any success in that department.

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  16. What a way to do both character study and memorial. Nice soft touch and very moving with the bone.

    Recently on YouTube, I've come across a dog playing with master's pet crow and a turtle that plays keep-away with the dog's ball. These critter noggins are just amazing.

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  17. So poignant -- Phoebe, mentor and friend, living on.

    Perhaps somewhere in Phoebe's old toy is the memory of a bark, a guiding admonishment when the situation would have called for it, or a growl to keep steady during this Fourth's fireworks.

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  18. "Always bark back." I should make a point of remembering Phoebe's advice, too. Smart lady.

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  19. Pets show love in many ways. While with us; while gone. They are with us forever. That's the deal.

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  20. Very touching, special...
    Good boy, Albert!

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  21. Aww, that is so sweet. Love lingers on...

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  22. Ah. So sweet. What a good memory. I hope it has a good stink that lasts a long time. I need to get one of those for Scout. She has yet to find a toy she cannot destroy.

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  23. So lovely. I recently lost my dog and friend sent me this link. Thank you.

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  24. oh yea, I was a short order diner cook in a Sam Spade story...

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