Stanze died almost a year ago after living a long and cuddly life. It took quite a while for the loss to sink in, but I feel pretty adjusted now. I'm currently petless - I know I would love to have another Beagle, but I'm really enjoying the lack of pet responsibility! One way I get by is through "surrogate pets" - I get to play with these two great dogs several times a week. First is Gregor, owned by my pal Scott at work, who spends most days in the office with us. He's a beautiful, amazingly trained Australian Shepherd, and he loves to play catch and have his ears (or butt) scratched. Second is Dolly, owned by my band pal Chris, who I get to see at band rehearsal and various parties. She's mostly Rat Terrier, and is alternately hyperactive and snuggly. Both of these dogs are fantastic, and I always love spending time with them.