When I was growing up, I had two dogs. One, a sweetheart of a girl named Boots, was a beagle that was loyal to the bone. She went outside with me when I played in the back yard and stood guard at the corner of the house - sometimes for hours.

The other dog I grew up with was Ebony, a cocker span...

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"I'm pregnant!"

Anita said these words with the enthusiasm of an Olympian finding out that they had just won the gold medal. Her sister, mother, and father embraced us in their arms with tears of joy welling up in their eyes as I uttered the words, "We finally did it."

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