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This photo was taken in March 2016. It was the first time I’d seen The Dude since the previous winter started and my heart leapt when I found him basking in a sunbeam on a warm spring morning.

Most of you know by now that The Dude has “retired”. He was taken in by a lovely and caring neighbour at the beginning of this past winter and, given his present frail state, would not have survived otherwise. I’m going to visit him and Beatriz again tomorrow.