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TORn parents: Post pics of your kids (or grandkids, nieces/nephews, pets, whomever you'd like to share...)
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Mar 3 2007, 3:01pm

Post #26 of 31 (110 views)
Very very cute! [In reply to] Can't Post

What breed are they?

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Mar 3 2007, 3:08pm

Post #27 of 31 (133 views)
More pics [In reply to] Can't Post

Here are some low-res pics from a Sears session yesterday:

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Mar 3 2007, 5:06pm

Post #28 of 31 (94 views)
it's easy to tell that those three are brothers! [In reply to] Can't Post

Funny how strong the resemblances are in some families -- my husband's family is like that; mine, not at all.

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Mar 5 2007, 5:56pm

Post #29 of 31 (140 views)
Belle and Snowy [In reply to] Can't Post

They're both purebred Maltese, though most people guess Bichon Frise or something Else. We kept them in a Maltese "puppy cut" for much of the year, mostly because of the heat. Also, they play so much that we think they're much happier with shorter fur; whenever it gets too long they get it tangled and dirty very easily...which means lots of baths. Neither one of them are big fans of baths.

Here's a more current pic of Snowy before getting sheared:

Here's a pic from last fall... The girl dogs both gang up on the boy...go figure. Ginger (my in-laws' Cairn Terrier mix on the right) distracts Snowy from the front; Belle usually takes the "tail detail." Snowy looks a lot more ferocious here than he actually is...mostly, he's a bit of a Romeo.


Mar 6 2007, 1:39pm

Post #30 of 31 (266 views)
I should have recognized it [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember now that there's a picture of a Maltese on the spine of my copy of Middlemarch. I'm afraid the poor doggie in the book gets a cool reception from the main character:

Sir James interpreted the heightened color in the way most gratifying to himself, and thought he never saw Miss Brooke looking so handsome.

"I have brought a little petitioner," he said, "or rather, I have brought him to see if he will be approved before his petition is offered." He showed the white object under his arm, which was a tiny Maltese puppy, one of nature's most naive toys.

"It is painful to me to see these creatures that are bred merely as pets," said Dorothea, whose opinion was forming itself that very moment (as opinions will) under the heat of irritation.

"Oh, why?" said Sir James, as they walked forward.

"I believe all the petting that is given them does not make them happy. They are too helpless: their lives are too frail. A weasel or a mouse that gets its own living is more interesting. I like to think that the animals about us have souls something like our own, and either carry on their own little affairs or can be companions to us, like Monk here. Those creatures are parasitic."

"I am so glad I know that you do not like them," said good Sir James. "I should never keep them for myself, but ladies usually are fond of these Maltese dogs. Here, John, take this dog, will you?"

The objectionable puppy, whose nose and eyes were equally black and expressive, was thus got rid of, since Miss Brooke decided that it had better not have been born. But she felt it necessary to explain.

"You must not judge of Celia's feeling from mine. I think she likes these small pets. She had a tiny terrier once, which she was very fond of. It made me unhappy, because I was afraid of treading on it. I am rather short-sighted."

--from Chapter 3 of Middlemarch, by George Eliot

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Apr 3 2013, 8:12pm

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