July 16, 2008

Mazzy, 1995-2008

Filed under: photography,seattle,tacoma — sparkrobot @ 3:03 am

I visited to the Humane Society n Tucson, Arizona so many years ago. I went four weekends in a row. I had designs on finding a companion for myself. I was looking for a Dalmatian. I visited on Sundays, every week, searching for a pal. After four visits in four weeks, I found the smartest little Siberian Husky. She was so sweet and so incredibly darling. Though she was not Dalmatian, and not spotted at all, after walking around with her for a few moments in the summer desert sun, I knew this girl was going to be my bud. For sixty six dollars, this small, underweight dog was coming home with me. At this time, I was obsessed with the sounds from the record, “So Tonight That I Might See” I’d discovered recently. Her name became Mazzy.

Though for the first week I had her, she mostly laid around recovering from her surgery, Mazzy turned out to be a wild one. She was born ready to run. Due to repeat performances of her Houdini act, I lost her several times (sometimes for days at at time), but she always made her way back. Eventually—and not without significant effort—she was broken of her tendency to run the streets of Tucson.

Mazzy and I spent about five years in Tucson when she decided she had had enough of the heat of the desert sun. She convinced me to move to Tacoma, Washington where some of our friends lived. In 2003, she adopted her younger sister stoutpup and showed her many a rope. She loved Tacoma where she hung with with Mr. Buddy Cox for quite some time, but ultimately decided she wanted to get in on the city action in Seattle. In February of 2008, we moved there. Sadly, she’d live out her remaining days in Seattle when she ultimately succumbed to organ dysfunction. She was probably about 13 years old.

In case you still have any doubt, Mazzy was the best dog in the world. Ever. In her honor, here is a gallery of recent photographs. I wish I was into photography years earlier, because she was quite the chick magnet in her day. (When I met her, I’m almost certain my wife was more into Mazzy than me.)

Mazzy loved rock n’ roooowl. She also loved Souwwwl. Her favorite candy was always Rooohlooowws. She never missed an opportunity to wear a bohlooow tie, nor ever turn down the opportunity to let you know when a situation bloooooooohowed.

Because of her love for rock n’ roll, it only seems fair to send her out with this Jerry Lee Lewis performance of the song, I Know What It Means. Take a listen and spin the gallery.

Thanks Mazzy, for all the kicks. You were the best dog a young man could have ever asked for. I miss you already and always kid.


  1. So sorry to hear about Mazzy, but glad to see a fitting tribute to a very cool dog, and an awesome friend. Thinking of you.

    Comment by ensie — July 16, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  2. Thanks so much ensie.

    Comment by sparkrobot — July 16, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  3. Your love and bond with Mazzy certainly can’t be denied. You were very lucky to have such an awesome presence in your life. Please know that we are here for you.

    Comment by Miss Lynar — July 16, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  4. We will Miss Mazzy, she was a beautiful old soldier. I’m sure we have some of her fluffy fur floating around our place. Winston is sorry he and she got off to a rocky start and regrets he will never to make his amends. We were lucky to have had a little bit of Mazzy in our lives.

    Comment by Cristina Wenzl — July 16, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  5. We were lucky to have known her.
    God bless sweet Mazzy.

    Comment by Dawn — July 16, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  6. Mazzy, I will forever miss your sweet presence at home. It’ll never be the same without you. I love you, old girl.

    Comment by stoutpup — July 16, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  7. Dear Corey
    I am sooooooooooooooooo sad.
    You know Mazzy was my girl, too….and I loved her. For her….and for how much she meant to you. My heart aches for you.
    I am so very glad that she waited for Gramma’s last visit so we could hug and cuddle and kiss a bit before going to Doggy Heaven.
    What a beautiful tribute you have given her, son.
    She will live in our hearts forever….
    Love, Mom

    Comment by Mazzy's Gramma — July 16, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  8. Well dude the most recent photos make up for the ones that you wish you had taken. You have done well in keeping her memory alive. Very nice pics! Old Sam is nearing his time as well and we are not looking forward to that. Lin and I both remember Mazzy’s unique character and are saddened that she is gone.

    Thanks for the cool backpack Mazzy! For those that don’t know, Jeff C. gave Corey a cool hiking backpack, Mazzy peed on it. Corey got mad! He gave it to me. I washed it…a couple times… it’s all good!

    Comment by Geoff and Lin — July 16, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

  9. Thanks everyone for all the tributes.

    @ Geoff Hah! What good is a story about Mazzy without a reference to something she peed on?

    Comment by sparkrobot — July 17, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  10. I loved that dog and that backpack… I think. All my thoughts and love are with you. Great dog I wonder if she is chasing that rooster right now?

    Comment by jeff c — July 17, 2008 @ 11:29 am

  11. I’m sure she’s methodically tearing out feathers one by one and digging a shallow hole somewhere.

    Comment by sparkrobot — July 17, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  12. Hey Corey –
    Longtime lurker, never poster (I’ve just got a lust for great indie band photos involving Converse and amp cords-it’s like nerdy writer girl porn). It’s been lik 8 years since I’ve seen ya, so just so you know, I worked with Dionne back in my Madden days in Tucson. At the time I was watching my bro’s Huskie, Brewksi, while he spent a winter ski bumming. Brewski LOVED Mazzy, I think she was the love of his life. I’ll never forget stopping your house after work with D one day and coming home late for Brew’s evening walk with Mazzy scent on me. He took one wiff of me and then swaggered away from me and sat in the yard with his back to me for about 10 minutes. It was like I had bogarted his dream girl and spurned him so deeply. It took about 27 walks, 3 pounds of treats and one chewed up hiking boot for him to consider trusting me again. It’ll be two years this August that we lost Brewski and I send all my love and good pup thoughts to you and Dionne right now. I’ll never listen to So That Tonight I Might See quite the same again…
    – KarinAnne

    Comment by KarinAnne — July 26, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  13. Thanks for that story KarinAnne. It’s cool to hear one I wasn’t even aware of. More evidence that Mazzy was quite a catch. Glad you like the photos and I’m sorry to hear about Brewski, too.

    Comment by sparkrobot — July 27, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

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