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This past week my parent's dog of 9 1/2 years died of a heart attack in Madison, WI, one day after my sister Kristina's arrival from London. His name was Picasso named after the infamous artist, and in honor of my own career as an artist. Their cat, who is still alive and kicking, is named Schubert, named after the composer and a nod to Anna, my older sister's career as a musician and composer. Since they don't have other animals, Tina bemused if they did, what would they name it in reference to her career in IT? Zuckerberg? Gates, Jobs? (That would be kind of cute, actually). 

Picasso (Pico) was a loving and loyal golden labrador/retriever and although I only saw him twice a year, I will miss him. It's strange that Tina's journey, that was specifically planned to celebrate her birthday this week, coincided with Pico's untimely death.

I posted this picture in lieu of posting a picture of Pico because it evokes the sentiments I want to convey here. Besides, the photos I've collected of Pico and myself and my girls are so many...it would be brutal to try and choose which one would best befit his personality.

The script in these drawings is the Baybayin, the pre-colonial alphabet of the Philippines. They all spell out 'mahal', and 'halik' which translates to love and kiss in Tagalog (the national language of the Philippines).

This might be a rather bizarre dedication, (but in the spirit of odd dedications -- Picasso the dog, named for me as an artist and Schubert, the cat named for Anna as a musician) I'm wishing Tina a happy birthday on this cold January day, and to Pico, a final rest in peace -- and to both, lots of love and kisses.

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