Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Laying Our Dog J.J. to Rest, after 13 Good Years

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Laying Our Dog J.J. to Rest, after 13 Good Years

Article excerpt

I don't have any experience with putting a dog to sleep, but I am about to get some. Today, at 10:50 a.m., I have an appointment with the compassionate, kind-hearted Dr. Lisa to kill our beloved J.J., the midsize, mystery-meat mutt whom Cyd and I adopted almost 13 years ago. We were newly affianced and newly in possession of a home, one that had yet to be filled with children or even furniture. In that cold, dead January of 2005, our first sofa, an import from my old bachelor pad, met our first dog, a white-with-black-spots refugee from the South. We had no idea why she had needed rescuing, so we just figured that, as a Jewish dog, she had faced vicious anti-Semitism in the small town whence she came. Her anxiety seemed to bear out that theory, and we spent a lot of her first few months with us assuring her that she was now safe. …

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