Susan Orlean and Elizabeth Gilbert talk about a tragedy known to all dog owners: the vast difference between our life span and theirs. They take solace in what the death of a beloved pet can teach us:

Just a few days after that conversation was recorded Susan Orlean's dog died.

My own reflections on this subject here. But an update: Dusty this summer has sprung back to puppy levels of energy. Her bad leg has healed and as she got to the beach she has spent every summer of her life on, she became a dynamo of joy. She's 12 years old and acts like a three year-old. And she's still deafening when she howls (which is often and always at the mere concept of anything edible).

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