April 15, 2007

Dog People Are Great

Filed under: Blogroll, dogs, drawing — Brian @ 6:59 pm

Don is a kind, thoughtful fellow.

We’d been away for the week, visiting family and might-as-well-be-family near Chicago. We started the return trip early this morning, breezed through the tolls and made it home in record time. There was one trip where it took us over 90 minutes to get past the first tollbooth. This time, I think we were in Indiana by then.

Did you know that on Chicago’s toll roads, the toll is usually 40 cents, but only if you have an Illinois Tollway-issued I-Pass thingy in your car? If you pay cash, they’re 80 cents. Even at the unattended booths. Nobody says, “welcome!” like Chicago. You know, it was a cool place when I lived there. Now it’s just something to tolerate so I can get to the people and the food.

Anyhow – that’s not the point. The point is that we’d been away for a while, and we were now coming home. This is where Carla is usually waiting for us with a toy in her mouth and a wag in her tail and a deep, rumbling growl of canine joy. Her absence is noticeable.

But then, I’m flipping through the accumulated mail, and I find this postcard with funny-looking writing on the back. It’s from Carla, saying things are good where she is now. I flip it over, and there’s a painted sketch of her on the front, in a style I immediately recognize as Don’s, and in the “pose” from this photo.

Later, as I’m going through my e-mail and RSS feeds, I see that he’s written about her and posted scans of the front and back of the postcard. Don’s a dog person, too.

He set aside some time to create and send a little comfort our way. As I told him, it was almost like a little bit of her was here to welcome us home.

It’s good to have friends.



  1. That’s awesome. I had to bite my lip. Okay, tears now.

    Welcome home.

    Comment by jvjannotti — April 15, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

  2. What an awesome thing to do! Welcome home too!

    Comment by Rachel — April 16, 2007 @ 5:02 am

  3. Oh, wow! I hope nobody comes in my office right now. That brought BIG tears! That was a wonderful thing for Don to do. :-)

    Comment by gwynne — April 16, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

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