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Three years ago today

Some mornings you wake up, and you have no idea that particular day is going to change your whole life forever.

February 27, 2008 was one of those days for me. I was headed to a job interview (honestly, could I just GET AND KEEP a job? Please?) when I saw a little yellow dog on the side of the road.

Babylu (Is it just me, or does Marvin look 17 in this three-year-old photo? Has living with Tallulah aged him? Has North Carolina aged him? Has being a teacher aged him? How much do you think he's gonna like me for basically insinuating he's an old sea hag now?)

I know for some people, seeing a dog on the side of the road would be no big deal. Some people would drive on. Obviously a lot of people did drive on that day. I can't have been the first to speed past her on that busy road.

Others might have stopped and taken her to the pound, or moved her away from the road, or whatever.

Duckgirl
I certainly had no intention of getting a dog when I woke up that day. I had every intention of getting a job. That was all that was on my mind. I had three cats to support. And rent to pay.

But something happened to me when I did a U-turn to check on that yellow pup.

Ludicriss
She wriggled right over to my door, and I picked her up. The sun was shining through her gold eyelashes. I don't think I've ever told anyone this before, but I said out loud, alone in that car, "Oh!"

Zzzzz
Because I loved her right then and there.

And you know me. I love all animals; I am berserk. But this was different. As soon as I looked at her face, and saw those eyelashes, I loved her as though I had known her my whole life.

Fence
And I knew three things from the very bottom of my heart, right then. Somehow I knew that she was a girl. I knew I was gonna keep her. And I knew this was gonna be great.

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My hands were shaking as I drove her home, canceling my interview. (I know. Maybe this is why I can't get and keep a job. Could it be the prioritizing mutts off the side of the road over employment? Hmmm?) I had to buy all her supplies, get her to the vet, let Marvin know we were dog owners. February 27, 2008 was a big day.

And it hasn't always been fun. Or pretty. Dogs are not easy, like cats. You can't just pretend they aren't there. You have to train them not to eat infants or visitors, you have to train them not to free their willie here in the house, you have to train them not to pull like a freight train on their leash.

Luis 
At least I hear you are supposed to train them not to pull like a freight train on their leash. When I walk that dog I look like I'm a mime doing dog-walking impressions.

Dontbuglu
But of all the things I have had to teach her, she has taught me so much more. I have had to learn how to put her needs before my own. As a childless only child with an indulgent spouse, it never really came up before.

I had to learn patience. Because she trusts me to be kind to her, and even-keeled, and not an explosive nutbar who just needs her to GO TO HER BED NOW because I'm TRYING to watch a SHOW!

Arse
I've had to learn when it's good to set limits, and not let her walk all over me just because I adore her. I have had to learn that creatures who depend on you actually need a few rules and some structure.

Adult
Having a dog has matured me. You know, not all the way. But still.

Mygirl
Maybe some people think I am ridiculous about my dog. I don't know how to be anything else about this smelly old thing.

Happy anniversary, Tallulah. I'm glad you were waiting for me that day. I was waiting for you, too. I just didn't know it yet.

 

207 thoughts on “Three years ago today

  1. btw, Oprah’s breasts came around the corner 5 minutes before she did. When she was at the microphone, the people in the front row had to duck down in their seats. Did they make her dress that way to emphasize her size quadruple XXX boobages?

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  2. Hulk (One more thing...is Oprah contractually OBLIGATED to show up for these things? She isn't on TV eNOUGH now?? Hey Brett Favre Jr...retire already!) says:

    “there” first thought? Kirk! Stop typing for me!

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  3. Hulk (One more thing...is Oprah contractually OBLIGATED to show up for these things? She isn't on TV eNOUGH now?? Hey Brett Favre Jr...retire already!) says:

    “there” first thought? Kirk! Stop typing for me!

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  4. Hulk (One more thing...is Oprah contractually OBLIGATED to show up for these things? She isn't on TV eNOUGH now?? Hey Brett Favre Jr...retire already!) says:

    “there” first thought? Kirk! Stop typing for me!

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  5. Hulk (And TV producers: turn OFF the hosts' mike when they are done speaking so we don't have to hear the loud clapping they are doing...geez) says:

    “PlayED”, Kelly…
    I’ve decided to limit my suckage to softball, basketball and golf now…
    And “Thanks to my parents for giving me life!” Really Natalie? How do you know there first thought about that wasn’t, “‘Da F*UCK?!?!”

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  6. Hulk (And TV producers: turn OFF the hosts' mike when they are done speaking so we don't have to hear the loud clapping they are doing...geez) says:

    “PlayED”, Kelly…
    I’ve decided to limit my suckage to softball, basketball and golf now…
    And “Thanks to my parents for giving me life!” Really Natalie? How do you know there first thought about that wasn’t, “‘Da F*UCK?!?!”

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  7. Hulk (And TV producers: turn OFF the hosts' mike when they are done speaking so we don't have to hear the loud clapping they are doing...geez) says:

    “PlayED”, Kelly…
    I’ve decided to limit my suckage to softball, basketball and golf now…
    And “Thanks to my parents for giving me life!” Really Natalie? How do you know there first thought about that wasn’t, “‘Da F*UCK?!?!”

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  8. I cannot believe the it’s been 3 years since you found Tullulah. Good lord I have read your blog a long time. :). Give the sweet girl kisses from her biggest fan in the Lone Star State! By the way…you made me tear up. I love starting my day with tears from a sweet story.

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  9. Trent Reznpor is hot too in a really weird, creepy way although he looked completely normal and even respectable last night. The dude’s a genius. Hulk, so true about James Franco; he looked embarrassed to be there.

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  10. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  11. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  12. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  13. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  14. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  15. Ugh, I missed the Oscars with June! No one could email/Facebook me? You whores!! I turned it off after Kirk Douglas and watched The West Wing from Netflix. Remember the good old days when aging, stroke-ridden actors didn’t drag their Depends up on stage? Wasn’t there an Old Actors Home or something? Is this really how Kirk wants to be remembered? Where’s the dignity? Dribbled down the front of his tux with his Cream of Wheat dinner, that’s where.

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  16. Okay, HONESTLY, my ovaries are SO LATE to my appointment, but I just had the BEST idea. When I get back, I will write my whole post in the voice of Kirk Douglas. Hfreos frlofhrelo possrilpoff? Aka, what say you?

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  17. Annie, I did not know you were allowed to watch TV. But then again you are reading my blog out there in the fields, so how are you doing that? Anyway, it was impromptu, the Oscar/commenting thing. Also too, Javier Bardem needs to get into my boudoir. I am sorry, Marvin, but he does. He has not lived yet and neither have I until this happens. He is just the hottest man. Although his wife is not too shabby, lets admit it.
     
    Did anyone notice everyone up there salivating and slobbering over the guy who made The Social Network during their speeches, and he was in the audience never smiling once? What an ass.

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  18. What? I missed Oscar night at BBP? Social Network got robbed although I’m sure King’s Speech was very good. Aaorn Sorkin won adapted screenplay though and gave an awesome acceptance speech. He’s hot. Not Javier Bardem sizzling hot, more like geek-hot. I kinda like tranny-hot too though; Hillary Swank trips my trigger. But Mark Wahlberg=on fire! James Franco was a mannequin, Anne Hathaway did okay for what she had to work with. I miss Billy Crystal as host. Dang, I missed BBP real time Oscar dish@#%!

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  19. Sorry, June. I mean, I’m no prize myself I know. But it’s like someone said, “You know, she’s a really good actress. But she’s missing something. I know! Someone go hit her in the face with a shovel!”
    Oh, and that should have said, “…take a VERY DESERVING bow…”

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  20. Hulk, I went to bed last night, and kept thinking of you saying, There is ugly, and then there is Hilary Swank. And I giggled so much I could not fall asleep. Now I will look hagged out for my doctors appointment. They will think I am Hilary Swank.

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  21. I actually have played hockey in the past, Kelly. Gotta do something in the winter up here…
    And I don’t know why I watch The Oscars. I am so NOT the person that watches those awards shows. But for some reason, I always get hooked on the Oscars.
    So I figured I’d try to make Junie laugh…

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  22. I actually have played hockey in the past, Kelly. Gotta do something in the winter up here…
    And I don’t know why I watch The Oscars. I am so NOT the person that watches those awards shows. But for some reason, I always get hooked on the Oscars.
    So I figured I’d try to make Junie laugh…

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  23. I actually have played hockey in the past, Kelly. Gotta do something in the winter up here…
    And I don’t know why I watch The Oscars. I am so NOT the person that watches those awards shows. But for some reason, I always get hooked on the Oscars.
    So I figured I’d try to make Junie laugh…

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  24. I am a fan of Gwyneth, although I am not sure of how to spell her name. Let us all remember that she is married to the lead singer of Cold Play, and is probably inspired to sing her thing on a daily basis. I know, it WAS the Oscars though.
    And Kelly, oh Javier….

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  25. Why did nobody mention that it was “Oscar Dish” at BBP tonight?
    Hulk, I have never loved you more than I have tonight after reading your Oscar comments. Rest assured, you should be safe from being stalked by me. Unless you play hockey.
    Gwyneth looked like she was in excruciating pain while singing that song. And who told her her hair looked good like that? Christina Aguilera’s hair stylist?
    I would love to do naughty things to Javier Bardem, even if he doesn’t play hockey.

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  26. Ah, so you’re the friend who gets Joann her Monistat once a month! Yes, I saw that in her comment section and I laughed, and had to come here.
    I think it’s terrific that you picked up a little stray pup from the side of the road. You have instantly endeared yourself to me. That and you make weird faces.

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  27. Five will get you ten that James Franco is already on a plane somewhere over Utah by now…

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  28. Five will get you ten that James Franco is already on a plane somewhere over Utah by now…

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  29. Five will get you ten that James Franco is already on a plane somewhere over Utah by now…

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  30. Look, the one thing Letha is cynical about is the only thing I liked. There were no surprises tonight. The best part was the supporting actress saying fuck.
    Sent from my iPhone

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  31. Why does Helena Bonham Carter still have her “Alice In Wonderland” makeup on?

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  32. Why does Helena Bonham Carter still have her “Alice In Wonderland” makeup on?

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  33. Why does Helena Bonham Carter still have her “Alice In Wonderland” makeup on?

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  34. Hillary Swank is a football player in high heels.
    Remember when Jeff Bridges was hot? Like sexy, not over 98.6 degrees.

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  35. I think James Franco is training for his next role as the wife of the president of Chile…

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  36. I loved Annette Bening in her first role. As Mr. Heat Meister…

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  37. I loved Annette Bening in her first role. As Mr. Heat Meister…

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  38. I loved Annette Bening in her first role. As Mr. Heat Meister…

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  39. Think I found Jude’s hair…Halle Berry had it on.

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  40. Sorry Gwynneth. I was spelling it like Kirk was pronouncing it…

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  41. Sorry Gwynneth. I was spelling it like Kirk was pronouncing it…

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  42. Sorry Gwynneth. I was spelling it like Kirk was pronouncing it…

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  43. Gweneth-I would sleep with you any day of the week if you so invited me. Even with your Chilean miner dirty-face makeup…

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