Memory: kitty cats

Memory: kitty cats

Dear Fergie. One of the things I loved so much about you was the fact that you were so gentle with other animals. I could always trust you with cats, bunnies, goats, horses, etc. But especially cats. According to the shelter intake paperwork I was given when I adopted you, you spent the first six months of your life living with a kitty, which explained to me why you loved them so much. Do you remember cuddling with Charlie at…

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Memory: Awkward sleeping positions

Memory: Awkward sleeping positions

Dear Fergie. Do you remember how you used to sleep in the most awkward positions? What in the world was that all about? You used to lay with your head on the crossbar of a wood dining room chair, on the base of my hard metal office chair, on the edge of bookshelves, and whatever other hard, unyielding thing was near you. You’d lay halfway on your bed, with your face smushed into the floor, or you’d lay mostly on…

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Memory: Magnuson Park OLA dog beach fetch

Memory: Magnuson Park OLA dog beach fetch

Dear Fergie. Some nights when my notification goes off at 10:45pm to ‘think of one happy Fergie memory’, I quiet myself, open my mind, and nothing comes to me. So I ask you to show me one of your favorite memories. ‘Find the fishies’ was one of them, as was another memory of us riding in a car with a sunroof (that I still can’t figure out because I don’t recall ever being in a car with a sunroof with…

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Memory: San Francisco path to Spreckles Lake

Memory: San Francisco path to Spreckles Lake

Dear Fergie. We lived in San Francisco for just a brief moment- just a little over seven months. But one thing we did almost every day when we were there was walk in Golden Gate Park. I had dreamed of living in San Francisco since I was young, and I always had a vision of living across the street from the park, so it’s kind of amazing that that’s how it worked out. There was no dog in my vision,…

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Memory: your very very favorite thing: foot licking

Memory: your very very favorite thing: foot licking

Dear Fergie. This memory comes in multiples, because it was one thing you did many many times throughout your life. It was your undying love of licking feet. Ha!! I wished we could have talked in the same language, because I wanted to ask you so many times what the appeal was. You loved it so much it bordered on obsession. I remember one time I had a wealthy client come to our tiny apartment to look at art proofs…

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Memory: Morley Field, our new favorite place

Memory: Morley Field, our new favorite place

Dear Fergie. When we first visited San Diego, our favorite place was in the western side of Balboa Park, but after we moved there, it shifted to the east side of the park. Do you remember all of the walks we took at Morley Field? I vividly remember every part of that walk, and even people and dogs we passed while making big circles around the ball fields. I used to look out over the bay to Coronado Bridge, and…

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Memory: Del Mar beach sunset

Memory: Del Mar beach sunset

Dear Fergie. One of my favorite parts of living in San Diego together was the beautiful beaches. Do you remember the first time I took you to Del Mar beach in November 2016? We went for a long walk in the sand, and you waded into the waves as the golden pink sunset framed our view. I was so blissfully happy with you there on that beach, and even then, I knew how lucky I was. You made me so…

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Memory: Lower Queen Anne Dining room training

Memory: Lower Queen Anne Dining room training

Dear Fergie. Do you remember the little apartment we first shared together on Lower Queen Anne in Seattle? That was where we lived after I adopted you and brought you home from the shelter. That was where our life began. The apartment was tiny and vintage, and had a matchbox-sized kitchen. I’ll always remember you sitting in the doorway to the kitchen whenever I was in there, knowing you weren’t allowed to come in because I had trained you to…

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Memory: Ft. Lauderdale road trip canal + coconut

Memory: Ft. Lauderdale road trip canal + coconut

Dear Fergie. One of my all-time favorite experiences with you took place in Ft. Lauderdale during our road trip in 2014. Do you remember the canals and chewing on the coconut? We walked along the canal until we found a nice place to rest, and we watched the Manatees swim and you found a coconut to shred. You laid in the grass and chewed it up until it was in tatters, and I just sat in the grass with you…

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Memory: Myrtle Edwards Park beach in Seattle

Memory: Myrtle Edwards Park beach in Seattle

Dear Fergie: in 2008 and 2009 we were so lucky that our photography studio was right down the street from an incredible park and beach, and we would often take a break from work and walk down there so you could wade into the water, fetch sticks and smell the fresh air.  It always filled my heart with joy to see you so happy. It was just a little thing, those little moments on that little beach, but I treasure…

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