The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This interview was conducted by phone after we were both off of work one night. It was tough to find things to discuss about, since we both know so much about each other, but we quickly realized we did not know specific instances in our lives that were important. Rollie is an important figure in Mar's life, having been there for her throughout many ups and downs that occur over long periods of time. Rollie is not a very personable dog, but the two of them have been inseparable since MB brought him home that day after school.

Mar’s older sister had only been in school for about a month when the loneliness of being an only child began to sink in. She had originally had hecticness accompanying the beginning of school to keep her distracted, but that has since died down, leaving her alone in her home with nothing to do. She wandered back over to the computer to mindlessly wander the internet, as she remembers the Heart Walk in Ocean City she volunteered with her parents at two weeks prior. 

While volunteering, an elderly woman asked if Mar could look after her puppy while he went to hunt down her husband. Mar happily obliged, carrying the small fluffy boy directly to her parents. When she found her parents, she immediately told them, “Look how cute I look with this dog”, walking off before her parents could even respond. On that day, she made up her mind that she would convince her parents to let her get a dog.

She had been on all of the dog care websites, learning how to treat and care for a puppy. Mar was mature for her age, eager to prove that she would be able to give a dog the best home possible. She already had a few pages bookmarked of potential adoptees. There was one that really stood out – a Maltese Toy Poodle Mix. She had never heard of the breed, but he was this little, white, fluffy puppy that was available.

Somehow, she was able to convince her parents that night to let her get that dog. She thinks it had something to do with them believing it would make the house feel less empty without their oldest daughter. They put in the application, only to hear back immediately that the dog they were seeking had many other suitors, so there was a possibility it was not even still available. This crushed Mar, and she stayed up all night upset about it.

All of the sadness was unnecessary, however, because when her father looked at his email the next morning, there was a message from the adoption agency. It seems like they had been exaggerating the puppy’s popularity, they were asking Mar’s family to come in and see the dog. Mar and her father went straight from school that day to the PetSmart that was housing the little Maltese mix to see the dog. His name was Rollie, and the second Mar met him she knew he was the one. He walked right up to her and hopped in her lap, nestling in between her legs, and it was decided. Mar was finally getting a dog.

On their way out of PetSmart, she noticed a big truck in the parking lot with the words “Stairway to Heaven” written on the sides. She was not old enough to realize it then, but she now knows it was a pet euthanasia right outside of the adoption agency. What a great name for that business.

Rollie

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2010
Marlton, New Jersey

This interview was conducted by phone after we were both off of work one night. It was tough to find things to discuss about, since we both know so much about each other, but we quickly realized we did not know specific instances in our lives that were important. Rollie is an important figure in Mar's life, having been there for her throughout many ups and downs that occur over long periods of time. Rollie is not a very personable dog, but the two of them have been inseparable since MB brought him home that day after school.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Carson Bailer on March 11, 2020
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