Year 12

Stanlee, our senior adopted beagle-mix, turned 12 yesterday!

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I adopted him when I was living on the east coast over a decade ago. He has since been all over the country with me, and has romped through forests, cities, snow, beaches, prairies, endless flower fields, the mountains, and deserts. He has stopped a robbery in progress at the Cottage, was here for our tiny home wedding, and has watched over West like a hawk since our son was born.

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We spend Friday mornings together-- just the two of us-- and I wouldn't be who I am without him.

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Here are some of our favorite pet products that we've enjoyed with him (and his sister) over the years:

When we moved into the cottage, we initially tried to keep him off of the couch and bed. But after a few days we realized that he’d basically have nowhere to go if he wasn’t welcome on those surfaces, since our home is so small. Now 7 years have passed, and we have 2 more family members— West & Sophee— who have mastered the Art of the Cushion-Smash pioneered by their big brother. I love watching them scramble up and down the built-ins. Meh, the dirt can always be cleaned. (And machine-washable throw blankets are our friends.)

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It might sound childish, but Stanlee is my best friend on the planet. #AdoptDontShop, folks. It can change your life in the most wonderful way. 

 Left: Stanlee at the cottage, photographed for  the chalkboard  in 2015. right: stanlee at the cottage, photographed for  sfgirlbybay  in 2018.

Left: Stanlee at the cottage, photographed for the chalkboard in 2015. right: stanlee at the cottage, photographed for sfgirlbybay in 2018.