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Let me tell you about my most faithful friend, Georgia May

Georgia May, my ash blonde pitbull sitting at the edge of the river, the green mountains of Puerto Rico looming in the background.
Georgia May, my ash blonde pitbull sitting at the edge of the river, the green mountains of Puerto Rico looming in the background.
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March is here on the island of Puerto Rico; the sun hangs a little higher in the sky as trade-wind breezes stir the ocean swell. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and with it, Georgia May’s birthday. She is seven now, with a soft tide of gray hairs encroaching her whiskers, but her pit bull eyes still shine with youth. A mixture of hope and sadness has defined her longing gaze ever since I brought her home six years ago. …

JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

Everyone loves dogs — but some folks need to get their priorities straight

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6. German Shepherd

If you lived through the Civil Rights era — or you’ve seen the stark black-and-white photography — you should know that these dogs are henchmen for racists. Hell, Hitler loved a German Shepherd, and the Nazis followed suit. Canine opps for a century and going strong.

5. Boston Terrier

Never mind the city for which the breed is named. This type of dog was dubbed the “The American Gentleman” in the 19th century — back when some White folks literally called Black people “dogs.” Hmmm…

4. Pug

Tupac Amaru Shakur didn’t die for some guy named Chadley to show off an ironic “pug life” tattoo…

Murphy’s Law

Don’t judge me

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My name is Keith Lamar Murphy, and I am a Black man with a tiny dog.

Like most Black men, I was taught that dogs are an extension of our manhood and the contract with our canine companions was all about mutual protection. I grew up with a German shepherd named Heidi. Heidi technically belonged to my grandmother, but we knew she loved us all. And my late old man, God bless him, owned a comically intimidating Doberman pinscher named Bonnie who took commands — in German, no less!

For decades, the image of the powerful, imposing dog breed has…

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