Hey folks, I’m going to take some time off from writing the blog, for a very sad reason. Annie Oakley Tater Tot, the action adventure wonder dog, died on Tuesday. She was only nine years old. It was very fast and sudden. I had six years with her, and it’ll never feel like enough.

I’ve shared more here. In addition to being the perfect travel companion, she was also my reading buddy, usually snuggled up right to me while I did so. I already miss her so much.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. Julian Plys on September 1, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. This grief is so real and even though I have been through this myself more than once I cannot know how you feel, but I am certain it hurts. I wish words were adequate to help ease the pain and if they were, they would be here in torrents. But I will “hold you in the light “ as is an old Quaker expression and hope that comfort comes soon.

    • Jen Miller Jen Miller on September 4, 2023 at 7:58 am

      Thank you for your kind words, and holding me in the light.

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