My Davey Pickle, that is. 

Davey Pickle the dog, that is. 

This rennaisance of puppy love was brought on by the book I just finished, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. 

It was a gift, not a book that I would probably have picked up on my own.  I don't read novels nearly often enough, but I always make sure to read books that people have given me.  I figure if they spent the time and money to get it to me the least I can do is read it.

Let me just say that I was sobbing through the first chapter.  The kind of twisted face, heaving sobs that come only when a dog lover is reminded that they will outlive their dog and one day have to make a hard decision to say goodbye.  I had to replace the book in my hands with Davey Pickle in my arms and remind myself to cherish each day I have with those I love, especially my little Pickle.

The rest of the book was so well written, insightful and engaging that I actually read the whole thing in less than 24 hours.  I guess the lack of a job and rainy day probably helped me delve into the book so quickly, with all of my free hours.  While I can't get on board with some of the spiritual opinions in the book I can appreciate it as a well crafted and heart-wrenching story.

One of my favorite paragraphs:

"'Today is the first day that I'm not dead,' Eve said to us. 'And we're having a party.' 

To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live.  To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life.  To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am."

After I was laid off I spent a day at the beach with Davey and one of my best friends, April, and snapped these few photos.

One of my favorite places, one of my favorite people, and my absolute favorite dog. 

That is how I want to live.

She wasn't even TRYING to look like a sunglasses model- she's just that good!

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  1. renee on January 21, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Love the blog post, and the pictures are great!! You are so creative!!

  2. Lacy on January 22, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    I love Pickle too :) Looks super cute! Nice pics!!