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Considering the Dog

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Some weekend thoughts on Hammond, the dog, who is patiently watching me while I write about him. He knows that, as soon as I'm finished, we'll go outdoors until suppertime.

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1) When he and his littermate brothers, who live nearby, reunite, as they often do, they howl with joy upon seeing each other, and play until they're winded.

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2) He is a kindred spirit who has shared my love of baseball, in his own way, since he was a puppy.

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3) He is the soul of patience at the coffee shop....

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4) ...and at Christmastime, during the approximately five seconds he wore antlers last December.

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5) Like his big friend Max, he is descended from wolves. He loves the snow.

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6) If he's not running, playing, or eating, he'd really rather be sleeping. When he is, the old adage applies: let him lie. On his second birthday, all of the above. Happy birthday, little friend, and many more to come.