Friday, July 22, 2016


Today marks the birthday of my late dad, known to readers as Papa Duke in THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES books. He left us on October 21, 2000, and life hasn't been the same since!

We miss your robust laugh, your guitar music, your harmonica tunes, and funny stories that livened up every family gathering; we miss watching your big, muscular hands working in your beloved garden and preparing delicious food; and, we miss your generous heart that loved us all unconditionally. Despite your rough childhood, you loved life and you loved your family.

Dogs adored you, and to me, that's the best character reference of all.

Happy birthday, Dad! We know heaven is much sweeter because you're there, but we surely miss you down here. We will see you again one day.

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