The First Day of School

It’s a family tradition in our home that I take a picture of the kids on their first day of school.   On Tuesday,  my children started grade 8 and grade 10 so they don’t like having their picture taken as much as they  did when they were little.

Fortunately for me,  Brutus does.


Brutus posed in each of the kid’s back to school pictures.   He then barked at me until I took a couple of him too.

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An Unhappy Labour Day

Yesterday was Labour Day here in Canada.    It is the last day of summer vacation before the kids go back to school.  It is supposed to be a fun day to enjoy the last minutes of freedom.   Today was not that kind of day.

These pictures were not taken today.

I woke to my daughter crying.   She told me Wizard had fallen.  I had trouble processing what she meant but she was crying hard enough that I knew there was trouble so I had to move quickly. 

I found Wizard on the kitchen counter not breathing and no pulse.  The other cats were still with him where they had all been eating breakfast.    

I gathered more details from my daughter later.  She got up and fed the cats.   They had all jumped up to the counter by themselves. They were eating when she heard a thump.  Wizard had fallen on his side completely limp.   He was gone that quickly.   

We don’t know why he died.  He hadn’t been sick.  There was no injury.  He had been acting normal.   

The whole family is crushed.  Wizard was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.  

Brutus vs Ducky

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The Easter Bunny brought Brutus an early gift of a new ducky toy.   The poor ducky lasted less than three minutes before Brutus tore it’s head off,  emptied the stuffing and proudly squished the squeaker from the center.  
I have tried buying him a variety of toys but he doesn’t enjoy the hard rubber ones like the Kong and he destroys anything softer than that.  
Someone needs to invent the perfect dog toy for destructive dogs like Boo.