Sanctuary 2.0: It’s Never Too Late

I could have called this post Christmas miracles, but that would be hyperbolic and hokey. I mean, it’s not like I found a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun under my non-existent Christmas tree this morning. However, two unexpected events at the Little House on the Prairie have really made this month even lovelier than planned.

You can teach an old dog new tricks. (Unknown, modified)

Trotsky Bear—my jealous, protective, and vicious beast—has been spending a lot of time with another dog lately and hasn’t mauled him yet. In fact, they play together. Play! Trotsky doesn’t play with other dogs. At the off-leash park, he prefers to spend his time sniffing around the perimeter, and if another dog invades his space for more than 20 seconds, Trotsky usually starts to growl. But he and Stuff are almost buds. They stay in separate rooms most of the time, thanks to a chair-icade we’ve constructed, but walk together twice a day and enjoying chasing each other around and tumbling on the ground. At least once a day, they lounge several feet from each other, but only when Stuff is firmly rooted to the sofa, behind protective human arms and legs, just in case. A massive cuddle pile on the bed together will likely prove too much too soon for this visit, but there’s hope for a lasting doggie friendship here.   Continue reading →

Mike

It’s time for another episode of Where are they now? I previously wrote about Charlie and my former grade school classmates, and now it’s time to move slightly forward in time to my freshman year of college and my one semester at Gettysburg.

The most significant Mike in my life was a guy I met at Gettysburg College in the fall of 1997. Despite my good grades and potential, I was really bad at picking a college. I applied to three, small liberal arts colleges on the east coast, all pretty much indistinguishable from each other. I went to Gettysburg because it was the only one of the three that accepted me. I didn’t like it at all and don’t think I would have liked either of the other two. Continue reading →