I needed to take a few days because I've been trying to think of a proper way to eulogize Ryder. I've written about her life, ringing her home, and the decision to euthanize. Writing about the day of her death would be much harder, but I think there is much to learn from it.
This is me on the podcast "Behind the Keyboard" from fellow Severed Press author, RF Blackstone. When the podcast opens with two dudes laughing their heads off because of something that was said off camera (and I have no recollection of what it was), you know the podcasters are going to have a good time.
Sweet Murder! I finished the latest Zombie Dog short story a few nights ago, and I've completed the edits today. I will be hitting "send" tomorrow. Find out how to download the story.
This is the story of my white German Shepherd, Wormtail, a scared little ball of mostly-fur who eventually found happiness in life and became a dog named Ryder.
There are easy decisions owning a German shepherd, and there are hard decisions. Easy: what to feed it. That bag of Purina. Easy: when to pet it. Whenever it lets you. But the hardest might be when to euthanize. This is how we decided it was time to euthanize our GSD, Ryder.
I don't want to put words in my daughter's mouth, but I think it is safe to assume that camping with Koda was the most epic camping experience of her adult life...
I'm reading the novel "Boy's Life" by Robert McCammon. Early in the book, the titular boy is helping his father deliver milk in the 1960s. The son and his father are talking about what they'd like to be when they grow up, and the boy says "I'd like to be everybody in the world. I'd like to live a million times." It makes me think of the often-used quote about a person who lives leading one life and a reader leading a thousand lives. It's one of those quotes that I always heard and discarded because you might experience something, but were you really "walking a mile in a person's shoes?"