On a running e-mail list this week, we were discussing what we had done with our medals from races. One runner said that a former girlfriend put her medal around her teddy bear's neck. Then he wrote, "But, Dave, I'm guessing you don't have a lot of teddy bears in your bedroom."
I replied, "Not a lot, only one. I call our dog 'Teddy,' but his full name as given by my wife is 'Teddy Bear' because 'he's like a big, soft, cuddly teddy bear.'"
On Thursday night when I saw Teddy lying on the floor in the bedroom, I put my 1999 Chicago Marathon finisher's medal around his neck and took a few pictures. This is the last photo I ever took of that handsome guy: