This is Spot.
This is Spot’s sister, Bess.
Spot is fourteen.
Bess is four. Yes, the age gap, you say — large for siblings. So much for family planning.
When Bess came…
Spot was placed in the position of being not just a big sister but also a quasi-parent.
from a tempestuous…
Bess has a 54-pound advantage over Spot, but the power dynamic between the two sisters favors Spot.
I love my girls equally. I see aspects of myself in both of them.
Bess fills the paw prints left by Cookie, shown napping here.
Cookie’s ashes. She died suddenly at the vet’s during a routine physical. Chaga’s Disease — a parasite that attacks the heart, introduced by the bite of the kissing bug.