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We had to put the oldest of our three dogs to sleep this morning. Her name was Lulu and she was fourteen, which is a very respectable age for a black lab. Here’s a picture of her — she’s the one on the right (weird Willy is on the left).

She was found on the street over a decade ago by our friend, Jessica Cunningham. We tried to find her owner, but no one replied to the signs we put up and no one was looking for her at the local shelters and veterinarians, so we took her in and named her Lulu. We had her even before we had our first child and she always reminded us of when we were young and relatively carefree. She was cheerful and plucky and very very sweet, so it was a sad morning for us. We kept her collar and gave it to the kids, who were glad to have it.

I went straight from the vet’s office to the writer’s room for the TV show I’m working on. I wasn’t really in a very funny mood. Luckily, we had a cockroach invasion about mid-day and we decided to head out and resume again tomorrow. I’ve never been so thankful for a cockroach invasion.

Take care…

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  • technomom

    I’m sorry for your loss. It’s never easy, even with advance notice.

    May 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • sambear

    Sorry to hear about the death – we’re still getting over the death of our favorite momma cat, Shelley.

    May 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm Reply
  • tltrent

    So sorry to hear that, Mr. Dean. :(

    May 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm Reply
  • brennas_life

    Awwwww, it sounds like you loved her very much and she had a great life with your family.
    One of my friends also lost his dog this morning, so it’s been an all around sad pet day today. :(

    May 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm Reply
  • sarah_prineas

    Sorry to hear about Lulu. Sounds like she had a good life.
    We lost our cat recently. Early, to cancer. We buried her in the back yard under a cherry tree, which blossomed this spring. My daughter puts flowers under the tree every couple of days. It’s kind of sad and funny at the same time.

    May 14, 2009 at 12:14 am Reply
  • stephanieburgis

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Labs are such great dogs. In your picture, Lulu looks like an absolute sweetheart.

    May 14, 2009 at 9:32 am Reply
  • coppervale

    Aw, sorry to hear this man. Kerry Madden just lost one of theirs, too.

    May 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • toddfarmer

    I don’t like many people or animals. I liked Lu.

    May 15, 2009 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Anonymous

    Outlaws and Softpaws
    I remember how hard it was to let Dinky go, also a gift from the Cunninghams. I only knew him for a short time. The funky orange cat failed is his assassination attempt but I’m pretty sure he was conflicted about it- since he leapt from a 3rd story window before his “task”. Sometimes, on foggy full moon nights, I caress the scar he left me with pride and remorse.
    What a blessing you both had with Lulu, she wasn’t a gold digger (or worse) like some other dogs I’ve known. (points in Willie’s general direction…)
    Much love and sympathy,

    May 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • _twilight_

    Poor puppy. : /

    May 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm Reply

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