R.I.P. George Carlin

Last March, Nick and I decided to adopt a 7-year-old dog we named Georgia (a.k.a. George
Carlin). After visiting the shelter, we immediately fell in love with Georgia. She kept extending her paw, as if she wanted to greet me by shaking my hand. Her sister sat next to her, staring with sad eyes.

When we contacted the shelter to adopt Georgia, they worried about separating her from her sister because they’ve been together since birth. So, we decided to adopt both of them, and named Georgia’s sister, Emma. When we brought them home, Georgia immediately settled into her new surroundings. She played with us, fetched her toys, destroyed squeaky, stuffed animals, and extended her paw with affection. Emma, on the other hand, seemed distant. She stayed by her sister’s side, avoided playing with her toys, and peered with those same sad eyes that I noticed at the shelter.

About four weeks later, Georgia unexpectedly passed due to a tumor at the base of her heart. Emma sensed her sister’s absence, and her melancholy continued. Now a year later, Emma’s personality has completely changed. She loves to destroy squeaky, stuffed animals just like her sister did. But, instead of extending her paw in affection like Georgia, she smacks us with her paw to demand attention or treats…affectionately, of course. While Georgia’s sudden death devastated us, we’ve learned to celebrate the short time we’ve had with her. We’ve learned to remember her, rather than mourn her. And, we’ve become a small, but happy family of three.

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Vanessa Cozza

Vanessa Cozza

Originally from the Philadelphia area, I studied at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where I earned my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing. An assistant professor position at Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSUTC) led me to move farther west. At WSUTC, I teach first-year writing and advanced rhetoric and writing courses. Although I have a variety of research interests, currently I’m examining the literacy practices of public street artists and murals, including graffiti and photography. Specifically, I’m looking at how this type of visual rhetoric tells a history, addresses political controversies, and makes art more accessible to a broader audience. Aside from academia, I also spend a lot of my free time crossfitting, sous cheffing, and couch potatoing.

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  • Becca Lingley

    Awe, and Emma is even nice to strangers, if you have a treat. I think I met Georgia once way back at Room To Think. I’m glad Emma came out of her shell. Dogs are the best.

  • Suzy Garza Higley

    … I wonder if she knew her sister was sick and was sad. I think animals are way more intuned to stuff like that. That’s nice that you could give them both a loving home. 🙂

  • Sara Quinn

    I’m sorry for your loss, guys. There’s nothing sweeter and more loving than a dog. I’m glad you had (and have) such wonderful furry beasts in your lives!