Dogs Never Die

“Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to ‘death’, don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: ‘No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.’ Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: ‘Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.’

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not ‘dead.’ There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much.

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I end up using blue with Maude…because of her eyes!

I end up using blue with Maude...because of her eyes!

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Newspaper Photo in Color

Newspaper Photo in Color

This photo was marked on and shaded for cropping when I got it. I just had to fix it.

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Can’t get enough of Maude???

Can't get enough of Maude???

OK, I like seeing her in color…!

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New Maude

New Maude

Hand-colored Maude. She looks so gorgeous…I like to see old photos in color, sometimes. I almost fell over when I first saw Abraham Lincoln in color. My first thought was, “Wow, he was a real guy!”

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One Way I Find Maude

How I Track Down Maude Pix

How I Track Down Maude Pix

This is one way I track down photos of Maude. I have an Rss feed from ebay to my Yahoo home page that updates whenever a new photo of Maude show up on the auction site. I can instantly see if I already have it, or go to the page itself. Kewl, huh?

I also visit the Maude Fealy Postcard Gallery frequently to see if Andy has added anything.

Published in: on October 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Mother’s Day

Maude and Margaret FealyHere is a photo of Maude, and her mother, Margaret Fealy. The two were very close, and with the exception of Maude’s married days, lived together until Margaret died in 1955.  This photo is from Andy’s Maude Fealy Postcard Site. (I love him)! Wasn’t she the most gorgeous little girl??? Look at that lovely thick hair.  Wow! As someone who has hair I can pull into a pony tail the size of a dime, I am impressed!!!

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Now Maude is Pink

Pink Maude

This is another nice example of hand coloring. I didn’t do this one!! Real vintage color!

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Maude in Yellow

Maude in Yellow

This is such a pretty hand-colored photo of Maude,  I couldn’t resist it!! I am such a sucker for her purdy face!

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Maude in the Paper Frame

I like to experiment with photos, and Maude’s photos are no exception. Here is one of my favorites.


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