I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.Read All Entries
throwback thursday: puppy love
It’s been a long time since we had puppies.
On the left is Sophie, our Chow Chow, back in 1987 when we lived in a Manhattan apartment and she used to charge through the baby gate to escape the kitchen. She was our firstborn, and when I was pregnant with our son two years later, she used to spoon against my stomach in bed, keeping him safe in there. When we brought him home from the hospital, we immediately put him down on the floor in front of her for her to sniff and kiss. I will never forget the moment she truly accepted him into the family. As the delivery guy came in and started putting together the crib, Sophie moved over to park herself in front of baby Alex, making it clear that he was now hers to protect. It was amazing to watch, and it still makes me teary.
On the right is Jessie, our Newfoundland, in 2001. This gentle giant used to get so excited when she saw little kids in the park, you could see the twinkle in her eye. We’d have to try to hold her back before she could run after them to shower them with love and often knock them down. Although Newfies are supposed to be water rescue dogs, Jessie hated the pool and would bark at you not to go in because she wasn’t going to jump in if you needed help. When the wildfires hit San Diego and we had to evacuate to the Loews Coronado, Jessie — who would only walk on carpet — refused to walk across the lobby until the manager laid out a path of towels for her and she sashayed across. She was hilarious, quirky and so, so sweet.
We miss them every day and are so thankful to have had them in our lives.