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  1. Here's to Luigi

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    I have to bring my dog in to be put to sleep any day now.  He has a growth blocking most of his passage inside his rear.  In spite of that, he loves eating, insists on sharing my challah bread in particular and recently stole my remaining part of a cheese danish, bounded in the snow as he did as a puppy, wags at and communicates with his dog friends and even not-yet-friends, adores certain humans and demonstrates it, sniffs people with interesting smells on the knees of their jeans, etc.  He even runs sometimes like a younger dog.  His spirit is so alive most of the time.  So of course it feels terrible.  He would be 15 on June 1st.  Surgery of that complexity in such an area is not really recommended for him at his age. 

    The vet understood that he is enjoying so much about living still.  He also understood that I didn’t want his last experience to be a rectal exam, which was necessary to determine what was happening with the growth.  So he told me to increase the dose of the laxatives, he gave more antibiotics and pain relievers if needed, told me to take him to the park to have fun since he is hanging on so well, BUT as soon as he can’t poop, to be ready to say goodbye.  He said it would be agony if he got closed up totally.  So I have to not let that happen.

    I am glad I wrote this because I have barely any more room left for grief on my chest.

    When Luigi smelled a chicken sandwich I had, he was very interested and began his begging.  I said, “Don’t worry.  Of course I’m going to share with you.  I’m going to spoil you rotten!”

    My buddy and I brought Luigi to my young adult son on Monday night for them to have some time together.  I am very glad we did.

    Life is so everything, often at the very same time, so in addition to having to part with my darling Luigi, there’s work, family issues, financial concerns, and the Divorced Divas of Comedy Springtime Show is on Saturday.  Yes, no matter what else is happening, the show does go on.  There are still seats available.  Laughter is guaranteed.  Great way to welcome the spring.  Leighann Lord will be closing the show.  In case you aren’t familiar with Leighann and her comedy, take a look here:  Then get your ticket and come to the show.  It would be wonderful to hear your laughter.

    On Monday, March 30, 2015, I will be one of 3 featured poets for the Saturn Series Poetry Reading, 8pm, at Shades of Green, 125 East 15 Street.

    It seems Powell Burns does have the luck of the Irish because he also won a pair of tickets to “Clinton, the Musical” after winning a pair to “Hunter Gatherers.”  The other pair goes to Mindy Levokove, a co-worker and friend who I feel fortunate to know.

  2. 3 comments:

    1. RHC said...

      Sorry for Luigi, your long-time pal. Life is so everything.

    2. Unknown said...

      so sorry about Luigi, love your work !!!!

    3. Thank you both so much. Luigi is my furry four-legged son. My human two-legged son made me feel good last night. When we spoke about Luigi's age, he said that whoever he speaks to is amazed he's lived so long and had stories of their dogs dying at 9 and 10 years old from one disease or another. My heart felt a bit lighter when I realized his view -- that we were lucky to have him this long.

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