August 2015: Our mutual bargain

Photograph courtesy of Steve Fennessy

If you’re a fan of Louis C.K., you may have heard his bit about dogs, and how bringing home a puppy to a family obscures the inevitable truth: “Look what I brought home! I brought home us crying in a few years. Here you go—countdown to sorrow!”

I found myself playing that bit on YouTube a lot over the past few days, as it became painfully clear that it was time to say goodbye to Sadie, a shepherd mix we adopted as a puppy 13 years ago from the...

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