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letters from Sluggo and Puff

Dear Dad,
I've made a new friend.

With these seven words, young Sluggo started a tradition that continues to this day. (Although he will admit that since he's more established with his own home and his extended family (us), he doesn't write as often as he should.

Actually, Sluggo began writing his father not because he was homesick but because he was worried that Jon was worrying about him. You see, he knew his dad would obsess over whether one of his brood was doing OK. He knew how hard it was for Dad to let him go at all!

And, when Puff Daddy arrived a few months later, the two of them kept the tradition going, writing about all kinds of topics and situations they managed to get themselves into. Unfortunately, their letters came to a screeching halt about a year later, when Puff Daddy found a weak spot in the fence and escaped, finding his way to a very busy highway where he was killed.

We miss him still; he was without a doubt the sweetest-natured dog we've ever had the pleasure of knowing. But, you know, he's always with us. When the Irises bloom in the backyard, we know Puffy stands among them, his white tail wagging as his brothers and sister romp around the yard. And sometimes, late at night, the bed sags a bit as the ghost of a little white dog hops up. And everyone sleeps just a little bit sounder as a result.

We hope you enjoy these letters. Perhaps one day Sluggo will begin writing again. Although he misses Puffy, he's got three other canine pals in his extended family. And he is, after all, just beginning to emerge from his teenage years...

Making New Friends
Wake Up Calls
Home Sweet Home
New Experiences
The Mysterious Upstairs
The Great Outdoors
New "Toys"
Sluggo, RN
I Hike My Leg!
Nifty Neckware
Toilet Paper Games
Go, Barney!
The Doggy Door
The Neighbors
Closet Monsters
Puff Daddy!
Mom's Dope
The Wienie
The Latest News
Mackie Loses It
The Haircut
Rocket's Red Glare
The Fan
Let's Visit!
Midnight Hunt
The Big Rescue