March 15, the Ides of March, was the first anniversary of my Travvy’s passing. I remember that day for so many reasons, but especially because when I messaged Lori, Trav’s breeder, to let her know he was gone, she messaged back: “I know that this offer is way too soon but I want to let you know that we are expecting a litter tomorrow so if you decide that you need to fill the void in your life please let me know.” I didn’t know what I was going to do next, but I took this as a sign.
As it turned out, Mama Anuk kept everybody waiting till March 20, when she produced four pups, three boys and a girl.
“Wait! Wait!” you cry. “Today is March 20. Someone turns one year old today? Could it be one of those puppies?”
Well, yeah. Tam Lin, my Tim-Tam-Tommy-O, formally Masasyu’s Tam Lin, was one of those puppies. I brought him home in mid-May and he’s pretty much grown up on Facebook.
Which is why he now has his own Facebook account. It used to be Trav’s, and all of Trav’s photos and stories are still there, but I think he’d be OK with passing it on to the next generation, along with the toys he didn’t manage to destroy. (Tam is easier on toys than Trav was; this is why there are so many of them underfoot.)
Here are some pictures from Tam’s first year. You’ll notice that he’s grown a bit, but lucky for both of us he seems to be approaching “full grown” — he weighed about 75 pounds a couple weeks ago, and that was only 5 pounds more than he weighed two months earlier. If you want to read more about his early months on Martha’s Vineyard, put “Tam Lin” in the search bar on the right. If you want to read more about what we’re up to now, keep coming back!