Before Lucille — or even Ben — graced these pages, about 85% of my posts were dedicated to a certain goldendoodle with great hair, a sunny personality and immediate star power that probably warranted its own spin-off blog but then what would I have written about here? Oh yeah, running. Forgot that’s what I founded this thing on back in 2012.
If you felt a disturbance in the force yesterday, you weren’t imagining it: Keira, my original muse and the poodle mix voted most likely to play Joe Biden in a musical, passed away at the far too young age of seven. I know I owe her perfect prose and a eugoogaly to make Derek Zoolander proud, but I’m too profoundly sad to be funny or thoughtful tonight. So instead, I bring you six life lessons that my brother’s very special pup taught me, complete with — of course — photos. Because, let’s be honest, Keira would have wanted it that way.
Without further ado, I present to you a pictorial recap of everything Keira taught me as a runner, not least of which was that time she ate an entire crockpot of gravy until she nearly burst, making her, quite clearly, my self-control spirit animal.
Keira Life Lesson No. 1: ALWAYS BE PREPARED.
Keira Life Lesson No. 2: DRESS FOR THE ELEMENTS.
Keira Life Lesson No. 3: DON’T RACE HUNGRY.
Keira Life Lesson No. 4: DON’T SWEAT A BAD HAIR DAY.
Keira Life Lesson No. 5: GET GOOD SLEEP.
Keira Life Lesson No. 6: ENJOY IT.
Rest in peace, K.