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Dog's death leaves heart, home empty

August 19, 2008 | 10:04 am

Puff_the_dog Regular readers of L.A. Unleashed might recall how columnist Sandy Bank described the travails of her dog Puff. Facing a variety of ailments, Puff grew weak in recent months but appeared to rally. We're sad to report that Puff has died, and in a new column Banks describes the feelings common to many pet owners:

"I pass the meat counter in the grocery store and reflexively reach for the giant package of chicken, then remember I have no finicky dog to feed. I get up from the couch and scan the floor so I don't step on the pooch who's supposed to be curled up at my feet.

"And I walk around the house talking to myself and expecting to hear jingling tags.

"It's hard to explain to people who don't have pets what loving an animal means. There's the cliche about unconditional love. Sure, but that's only part of the story."

Read on for Banks' salute to Puff.

Photo: Banks family

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