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Memories of Millie

Reflecting on a much loved pet

February 23, 2014
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

The narrow path of beaten down grass from the side of the house to the back porch was a bit of an eyesore for years. Our pet dog Millie used it as a short cut. Trying to be clever and outsmart her, I tried different things to eliminate the dirt line. I planted a lilac bush in the middle of it and placing long sticks between the path and the deck; anything to get Millie to use another route and let the grass grow back. I rigged up similar obstacles to stop her from digging up mulch and groundcover in a front garden. I never had great success at this, even after firmly explaining its reason directly to Millie. It was a day last October that Millie passed away, and now the path became a reminder of a dear old friend.



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