My beloved Marti died peacefully at the Fairbanks Botanical Gardens at 7pm, August 25th.

I like to tell people that we were lovers, except without the sex or the power struggles. We were truly a happy couple.

For those of you fortunate enough to have gotten to know him, I'm sure you'll understand the depth of my loss. He had a magical sensibility that never ceased to inspire wonder in me. The lessons that I learned from him will be carried with me for the rest of my days. Most important of these is that true nobility comes from the heart.

Among Marti's noble attributes was his ability to empathize with his suffering animal friends. It was miraculous to behold. I remember on our walkies when he used to pull me over to some unhappy barking or howling dog who was confined to small quarters. He seemed to want to go over to comfort them and would often end up kissing the canine through the fence. The icing on the cake was a little pee for good measure. Most often, the captive gained a measure of peace from Marti's mitzvah.

In that spirit, if you choose, you can make a donation to a local humane society or animal rescue mission in Marti's name.

Thank you, Marti, my boy. You've left this world a better place because of your boundless love. Thank you, sweet soul.

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