Monthly Archives: August 2013

On the Death of a Canine Friend

I don’t know that this is the appropriate place to blog about death, but I figure death involves all of us, and is often the stuff of stories, so why not.

So over the course of the last couple of days, we’ve been in the process of watching our twelve-year-old German Shepherd die. I’ve never watched anything die, not in real time, not from natural causes. It is surreal and horrible and reveals to you your own helplessness in a way you didn’t think possible. You watch your animal being so much nobler and more contained about it than you, you wonder what they’re thinking, you know there is so much more going on in them than you can conceive, that their relationship with death is so very different from ours. […]

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