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  • My friends got a puppy the other day, and like most puppies, he is achingly cute and adorable in every way. He wags his floppy tail, looks at you with loving eyes, and flops down on the ground when he is tired of playing.

    Seeing the puppy made me think that one day I'd love to have a dog. I've wanted a dog since I was a kid but we couldn't have one since first we lived in an apartment in Taipei that didn't allow dogs, and then when we moved into a house with a large lawn in upstate New York, my sister had asthma and my parents thought dog hairs might bother her. Last year in Beijing I kind of adopted a puppy...he was left outside our work studio one day and I took him in and raised him in the courtyard. But I couldn't take him with me, he is still living there now, but I think he is happy, there are lots of other animals around for him to play with.

    When I get a dog of my own, I would want to name him Budz, pronounced BOODS, which is short for Buddha. Dogs are like little buddhas...they always remind me to live in the now.
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