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Inexplicable bliss in the face of inevitable loss

This essay was originally published on my friend Misty Pittman's blog Life Created Blissfully . Visit Misty's  new site  to learn more about her badass life and photography.  I wrote this in July 2014 when Rusty was still here. Since September 12, 2015, he's been practicing yoga and eating everything in sight on the other side.  “Sometimes love does not have the most honorable beginnings, and the endings, the endings will break you in half. It’s everything in between we live for.” Ann Patchett, Vogue , September 2012 When I told my friend Patrick we adopted a dog, Rusty, he said we’d made a deal with the devil. If you’re lucky, you’ll outlive him; if you’re unlucky, you’ll outlive him. I’d never thought of it that way, and with a one-year-old puppy I told myself I didn’t need to. Rusty woke me up that first morning at home, way too early. He bounded down the steps, and I trailed behind with half-closed eyes. He wolfed down his breakfast faster than i

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