Filming Bigfoot riding a unicorn…

…and winning the lottery the same day. A person is about that likely to end up with friends like mine. If I can keep just half of them in the Post-Ivory-Era, I will be rich beyond all imagining.

Roux and Mackey and Max and I hiked with a friend at Pony Pasture this morning. We returned to find this on the back steps:

This is what Bigfoot riding a Unicorn & a winning lottery ticket look like

To say nothing of an email box filled with sincere, heartfelt expressions of emotion about Ivory and me and the rest of our four-legged family. Of a facebook page  blanketed in warm, comforting thoughts for all of us. Of a 3 word/1 picture blog post stretched to a quadruple XL by kind, thoughtful words of concern from the greatest friends a human or dog could ever hope to have.

I want life to be meaningful. It is.

I am incapable of properly expressing my gratitude.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

I love you all so much,


Jay and Mackey and Max and Roux and Dash and Kite and, eternally, Ivory

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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8 Responses to Filming Bigfoot riding a unicorn…

  1. alex says:

    beautiful Jay, sinatra and I thank everyone as well.
    talk to you soon

    • Hi Alex!
      Great to hear from you. For the past three years, you’re the only person who has spent as much time around Ivory as I have! I’m glad Roux and Kite and Sinatra are still around to keep me, Mackey, Max and Dash company. Come to the river with us soon! Have a great day,


  2. Evelyn Zak says:

    Nicer than nice – it’s the circle and it’s water all at the same time

    • Hi Evelyn,
      Your grasp of the bigger picture is full. Your words call to mind yet another work by David Foster Wallace. He wrote about the concept of infinity. The title: “Everything and More”. Circles, the river, all of that. Talk with you soon,


  3. Mike McLaughlin says:

    Jay, we’ve been thinking of you and Ivory so much. We’re so happy we got to be with him on Mother’s Day, and we have that great photo of the three of us. We knew that day that it was probably the last time we’d see him on earth. He was beautiful inside and out, a true standout in the canine and human worlds.

    Much love,

    – – Mom & Dad

    • Hi Mom and Dad,
      And thanks for the nice note. And thanks for Mother’s Day brunch – it gave Ivory and me the opportunity to spend the whole day together. It was good for both of us to have quality time alone – we didn’t get that opportunity often.

      Talk with y0u tonight,



  4. Jody Rafalowski says:

    You two are the Dynamic Duo. The world will miss Ivory. Thank goodness you are able to carry on all the good work, joy and beauty.

  5. Thanks Jody. The world will certainly miss Ivory. His generous spirit and unwillingness to judge others are his essence. If the world misses that, it only needs to get in touch with its own generous spirit and unwillingness to judge others to feel one with Ivory again.

    See you soon,


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