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Published Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jun 11 2010

With the move, the rain, the damaged furniture, the missing boxes, the office rewiring, the spider bite, the mold allergy, the constant fatigue and the endless unpacking, there were times when I wondered whether it was worth moving back to South Park.

Yesterday was another non-stop marathon of struggling just to stay ahead of the chaos. Then after dinner, we rounded up our pack of shetland sheepdogs and headed down to the far end of the yard.

Shelties on the grass alas. With apologies to Pittsburgher Gertrude Stein.

Déjà Vu is 13, and our "Queen Mum." She is reserved and dignified- except when she rolls on her back in the grass and finally lies still in the warm sun, like a stuffed animal used to demonstrate the process of rigor mortis.

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, he will make a fool of himself too."
-Samuel Butler (Misty likes being "wound up".)

Poor Sassy, the youngest, will be in a cast for the next four months until her ankle/wrist bones fuse due to a hyperextension injury (common in Shelties and Collies). Two days after surgery, she's still in pain- but here, the warm sun and the drugs finally kick in.

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace."
-Milan Kundera  
"I think the purpose of the dog is to provide an accessible example to the recondite concept of unconditional love."

Riley is the second youngest of the pack, but is, I believe, the oldest soul. Look in those eyes and tell me there isn't a person in there. By the way, I don't believe in reincarnation. But in a previous life, I did.

"A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
-Henry Wheeler Shaw

"That's the whole secret of life. Life is a series of dogs."
-George Carlin  
"Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to."
-Joe Gores

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