Further evidence that Marrch is the worrrrrst*:
A friendly reminder that it's time to renew Ceiba's animal license! Right on the one-year anniversary of her wild adventure of wandering two whole lawns over, then getting herself carted to the shelter, where I first paid for the license (and a fine for not having the license in the first place whooooops), and also got the news that oh yeah ur dog is peeing blood now, might wanna get that checked out. At least she lived out her final couple weeks as a fully legal dog, although perhaps under the new administration the citation for being off leash on her record would qualify her for dog criminal deportation.
Either way, love my option here for explaining why I'm not paying for this anymore:
THAT'S ONE WAY OF PUTTING IT I GUESS.
I still vividly remember the panicked, clammy, heartsick feeling I had that entire night, and the CRUSHING GUILT that it was all our fault -- the gate/no collar/no microchip/the letting-the-dog-out-and-just-plain-not-noticing-she-wasn't-let-back-in. My brain kept circling back to the possibility of "that's it, this is it, she's gone and something terrible is going to happen and you'll never know what happened, but ohhhhhh Imma spend the rest of our lives being intrusive as FUCK about all the DIFFERENT something terribles that could have happened to her."
Fun fact: We were about mid-way through the movie Room when we realized she was missing. We never finished it, and every time it comes up as a Netflix recommendation I have flashbacks to that night and have to scroll past it super quickly. Like, "Oh noooo, I couldn't POSSIBLY watch that movie about a horrible kidnapping and years of repeated sexual assault because it reminds me about the time my DOG RAN AWAY." Even for me, that's pretty damn weird, right?
Damn, I miss that little asshole. But I'm still so glad we got her home safe after that night, even for just a little while longer.
*Yeah, r key is still doing that thing, although the extra rrrrr's in worrst were intentional, and I got double the r's for half the keystrokes. That's just a productivity booster there, folks.