Doc surprised me with a portrait of Toby and JUST LOOK AT IT:

Get your own here!


I never talked about it here, but about two weeks after Mom died last year, Toby’s ear started to swell. After panic and guilt and some deeply traumatic vet visits, we found out he had a hematoma. We don’t know how he got it and it left permanent damage. I’ve had a hard time looking at his new “cauliflower ear” and not feeling all those feelings again–but this portrait is the first time I think I’ve really accepted it.

I mean, he wouldn’t be Admiral Lord Toby–veteran of the seas, decorated in battle–without it, right?