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October 21, 2009

Hey, old friend. It's been quite, quite a while.

Actually, I'll be specific: it's been a year. Almost exactly, like eight days shy. But tonight, right now, is the very first time I've been back to the site since I left it. It's so weird how hard that was, to even type the address into my browser -- just doing that felt like a minor miracle. But I'd sent someone the link, and started thinking, hell. Is it even a site anymore? It's just been so far gone.

What's fucked up is that coming here used to be my little escape; this was my bitsy secret corner of the internet. I'd pop in and tell a story when I should have been working, or read comments when I needed reassurance. It was this perfect, private sanctuary, and I loved it. I LOVED writing, I loved the emails, I loved meeting so many people from everywhere. Not to mention, this site was my secret weapon; someone fucked with me, and GUESS WHAT, MISTER. LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MOCK YOU SOON. Writhe, WRITHE in our collective disdain! And I might smack you anyway, thus yay, I WIN, put a bow on it, etc.

But, point being, this site was my refuge. Until one day, it just wasn't. One day, I realized way too much about why I was writing, and what I was hiding, and that realization made me run away from home. And for those of you who truly care, and who didn't flounce off in some kind of fucking entitled huff when I stopped updating: I'm genuinely sorry I left you hanging. There was just so much of me here, so much of my history, and so much sadness that I could read between the lines. So much equivocation, desperation. Turns out, I used to be pretty fucking unhappy, and somehow, I hid it really, really well.

Whatever, though. I'm not going to get into heart-wrenching, Lifetime movie detail, but I feel like I owe you -- the kind ones out there -- an explanation. So I'm going to give you the three big-ass things that have kept me away for so long (and I'm not even going INTO the site issues, which I am currently pretending do not exist; seriously, it took me an hour just to worm my way through to posting again. Let's not discuss it. Or the STILL BROKEN ABOUT ME PAGE, because YOU GUYS WE ARE IGNORING THAT RIGHT NOW, COLLECTIVELY), and now I've lost my train of thought, but at ANY rate, hi there (!) and here we go with the perfect storm that can kill a website, in no particular order:

1. I got outed. At work, by someone with the best of intentions, who really liked the site and wanted to share. But who also though it would be appropriate to tell other attorneys, the secretarial pool, and a number of my clients. That alone will shut your ass up.

2. The ABSOLUTELY IMMINENT DEATH OF GIMMME. Short story is that about a year ago, Gimmme developed a head tilt. Many doctors (there are such things as canine neurologists, and second opinions from OTHER canine neurologists, and it will cost you a car) later, and a diagnosis of TERMINAL DEADLY HIDDEN NON-PHOTOGRAPHABLE BRAIN TUMOR OF DEATH plus a side order of FATAL DYING ON A STICK (now with extra DEATH), he's...fine. Eventually, his head went back to normal, and he never had any other symptoms, so...huh. Basically, we have no idea what the fuck happened, but I went into a vet appointment with one cheerful, sideways-headed dog, and I left sobbing with pamphlets about pet cremation. (Note: we don't go to that vet anymore.) Now that he's straight-headed again, I'm just starting to getting accustomed to the idea that he isn't going to die a whole lot in his sleep. Repeatedly, every day, etc. I was kind of a basketcase over little Gimmme, but he's doing awesome now, and we're finally beginning to chill about him.

3. Aaaaand, speaking of basketcase...hello. SO, turns out I can write some pretty fucking cheerful bullshit when I'm severely depressed. Evidently, I knew how I was supposed to sound, and I knew how Normal Leigh tells stories, and, yeah. Apparently I can mimic that, and I can do so even when getting out of bed was too much to contemplate. Like I said, I'm not going to get into it, because it's intensely (a) personal, and (b) embarrassing, and (c) boring, OH MY GOD SO BORING, but I look back at a few of those entries -- not all, by any stretch, but a few -- and I shudder when I think about where I really, truly was.

It's been difficult to reconcile that with where I am now. Yeah, everything I wrote was technically true, but I was just so fucking sad all the time, and for so long. I didn't write about that part. I didn't write about how miserable I was in my relationship, or the bullshit I swallowed. I read my old entries, and I'm equally divided as to whether someone should (a) hug me, or (b) smack the everloving shit out of me and tell me to grow the hell up, fashion a spine, and incidentally, JESUS CHRIST, GROW THE HELL UP. Either approach probably would have been appropriate, but nobody knew I needed it. I am a good hider, and I keep my secrets. Kind of until now, I guess.

But, aaaaanyway. So, that was then, and now, there's today. And, despite the relatively pissy tone of this post (sorry, I read some of the old comments and emails, and that got my ass all indignant -- I know I should wait and revise and post this tomorrow when I'm less worked up, but I just want to do it now), the fact is that I still feel like there's something to salvage here. I feel like it doesn't have to be about all that history. Because really, when I was at my worst, writing here made me happy. Sometimes it was kind of the only thing that DID make me happy, and I don't want to lose that. As ridiculously pat as it sounds, there's a lot of good here still, and I want back in. And I feel like I'm finally ready to try, because right now, I'm happier than I've ever been.

Bo and Gimmme are awesome. Ziz and Bob are getting married in May. Cookie hasn't been eaten by geese, I'm painting again. And we...seem to have a cat.

And, most of all: remember the Senator? Senator Sasquatch, the guy Cookie INSISTED would be perfect for me, whom she strongarmed into a blind date with me, under the watchful eyes of the VAST MAJORITY of my co-workers? The same Senator Sasquatch who proceeded, after one date, to sweep me off my feet in a whirlwind romance? That was over a year ago, and now I wake up in his arms every morning. And I love him so much.

His name is Brian, and I can't wait for y'all to meet him.

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Portrait of the writer as a happy girl.

So, I'm starting Doxie 3.0 (Version 2.0 = total bust, MY BAD). I'm itching to write again, and I'm finally in a place where I can come here and do so, without feeling bogged down by all the history associated with this site. And I like the fact that I'm starting out with just a few people, because if you're still checking here after a year...well, I'm thinking that you understand my reluctance. Maybe you knew me better than I did. And I thank you for that.

Besides. I know a fame whore who's missed his time in the spotlight. And baby, it's time for his close up.

Bo miss his bitches.jpg
Womens, the time has come 4 ur dreems 2 come true.

And, much to my chagrin, we have a new player to introduce.

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Mrs. Kitteh used 2 lif in a dumpster. Nao she lifs in the suburbs. Also Mrs. Kitteh wants to eet ur ovariehs and lungses, rite out of ur bodeh. Thank you.

Which is to say, I'm back, y'all. And I am better at last. Even though we have a fucking cat.

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584 Comments

I'm so glad that you're back. And I'm so glad that you're in a happy place. Hooray!

Posted by: Margaret | October 22, 2009 02:27 AM

"some kind of fucking entitled huff" is the most awesome thing you've ever said.

I come back to reread my favorite Bo stories all the time.

And I only huffed a little.

Welcome back.

Posted by: TJ | October 22, 2009 02:27 AM

And also, what is Bo perched on? Because it looks rather hiney-like. Which I would not put past Bo, but still...hee.

Posted by: Margaret | October 22, 2009 02:29 AM

Welcome back!

Posted by: Heather | October 22, 2009 02:30 AM

Aw, I love y'all.

And, that would be Brian's fine hiney. And it seemed like a super good idea at the time.

Posted by: Miss Doxie | October 22, 2009 02:34 AM

So glad you decided to come back around. Laughing out loud and scaring my dogs is what I remember. I'm happy you are in a good place now.

Posted by: Jolie | October 22, 2009 02:38 AM

am so glad you've started writing again - missed your posts!

Posted by: e. | October 22, 2009 02:39 AM

Welcome back! Glad you're feeling better. Not sure about the cat though.

Posted by: Uli | October 22, 2009 02:40 AM

Wow! A new post! All credit due to Temerity Jane's vigilance on the feed reader and a tweet, or I would still be wondering every couple of months if you'd be making a triumphant return, or if you'd retired from the internets for good.

So glad things are coming together in a muchly-deserved fashion. The internets luvs you like a fat kid luvs cake.

Posted by: Boomer | October 22, 2009 02:40 AM

Miss Doxie is BACK! Hooray!! Glad you're back, more glad you're better, thrilled that Senator is lovely, and hating the cat already (achoo!).

Posted by: bree | October 22, 2009 02:44 AM

OH, happy day! You're back. I've been waiting for you to pop up in my feed reader, and I was quite pleased to see it this morning.

Here's to being in a better place.

Posted by: Teej | October 22, 2009 02:46 AM

Oh hooray! I'm so glad you're doin' well, chica. You look wonderfully happy, and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Heather | October 22, 2009 02:50 AM

Welcome back!

Posted by: mie | October 22, 2009 02:52 AM

Oh my GOD. Welcome back! Missed you! :D

Posted by: Lori | October 22, 2009 02:53 AM

I know you'll get at least a hundred comments with this sentiment, but I figure I might as well add to them: thanks for coming back!

Posted by: Clover | October 22, 2009 02:55 AM

Oh yay! This absolutely made my day. So glad you're better (primarily, of course) and back (selfishly, of course.)

Posted by: Alli | October 22, 2009 03:15 AM

I speak for the lurkers, when I say "welcome back!"

Posted by: Jeanine | October 22, 2009 03:20 AM

So glad you're back and that life is good!!! But... is Bo on a butt?

Posted by: Leslie M. | October 22, 2009 03:21 AM

Welcome back, girl. The internet's a little bit brighter place now that you're in it again.

Posted by: Bachelor Girl | October 22, 2009 03:37 AM

Jeannie: Hell yes - you said it! - another lurker

Posted by: kim | October 22, 2009 03:37 AM

So happy that you are back & that you are happy!

Posted by: Boulder | October 22, 2009 04:00 AM

So good to see you back after all this time! Sure did miss you and the weenurs!

Posted by: EB | October 22, 2009 04:21 AM

Never posted a comment before - just to echo all the welcome backs - and now with added kitteh - never thought it would be possible but even more awesome than before!

Posted by: Sue | October 22, 2009 04:44 AM

This is the best birthday present from the universe (as coincidences go, I wish they were all this good)! I'm so glad you're happy, and excited for your writing and painting!

Posted by: Jan | October 22, 2009 04:45 AM

YAY! So happy you're back and in a good place. I come back all the time, just to read the old entries and look at the dogs.
Congratulations on the cat. Cat's rule. How are Bo and Gimmme taking to the new addition?

Posted by: Emilie | October 22, 2009 04:52 AM

This morning I woke up at 4:45 AM because my insomniac boyfriend dropped his cell phone on the hardwood floor two feet away from my head. I was angry. Then I opened up my computer, and saw this post. Now I am happy.

Posted by: Jessica | October 22, 2009 05:24 AM

You have [and always will] stay on my blogroll - and I was stunned [and giddy!!! YES GIDDY] when I saw that you had a new post. WOW.

I am sorry that you were so unhappy for so long and you aren't kidding you are good at hiding that - so many a day you made me laughwith your stories and antedotes - I wish that we had been able to give that back to in spades.

Welcome back! Love the new kiteh and happy that you are happy again. :)

Now tell me, is Bo balancing on your behind? THAT is too funny! [And give Gizmo big kisses and love - I am so happy - GIDDY even - that he is okay. Love me some Giz.]

Take care Leigh. And thanks for coming back.

Posted by: SkippyMom | October 22, 2009 05:32 AM

YAY! I'm so glad you came back! And that you found some happy. And that the goggies are okay. And? Squee!

Posted by: Wen | October 22, 2009 06:07 AM

So so sooooo happy to see you back. And even happier to hear that you've been working through The Sad.

Posted by: J. | October 22, 2009 06:11 AM

honey-girl, welcome back. We missed you. xoxo.

Posted by: ginevra | October 22, 2009 06:21 AM

Ok, Leigh, you listen up right now. Life happens. Blogs fall to the wayside. Dogs get tilty. You have no business apologizing. It HAPPENS. I won't say that I'm not APOPLECTIC that you're back, but anyone who gives you shit? Not worth your time. So happy to know you're okay. Depressed? OKAY! Tilty? OKAY! Everything is fine. We love you. Welcome back :)

Posted by: missbanshee | October 22, 2009 06:27 AM

Welcome back, Leigh! I have often wondered how you were doing. You know, in a pleasant and kind and non-stalker-y sort of way.

I don't know that The Sad was so much of a secret. But better is always... uh, better. (Flowing prose, that's me. I paint a vivid mental picture with words and stuff.)

Can't wait to read about your new and improved adventures!

Posted by: Mir | October 22, 2009 06:43 AM

Yay! You're back! I swear I am not creepy even though I still read your blog!

Posted by: Evie | October 22, 2009 06:52 AM

Simply a lurker who is so very glad you are back, because your posts always made me smile, if not laugh out loud. I, for one, love the kitty as I have a similar version in gray/white.

Posted by: Linda/RV Vagabonds | October 22, 2009 06:52 AM

Um (shy)I totally pimped you out on my blog. Seriously, so happy you're back.

http://missbanshee.typepad.com/missbanshee/2009/10/saying-someone-influenced-me-might-not-be-a-compliment-.html

Posted by: missbanshee | October 22, 2009 06:54 AM

Welcome back!
I'm really glad you're feeling better! And the current cast of your website looks beautiful and fun! Hugs all around!

Posted by: Laura | October 22, 2009 06:55 AM

YEA!!! Welcome back!

I swear, someone found my site by googling "why did Miss Doxie stop writing". Heh. Now we know. :)

Posted by: Jon (was) in Michigan | October 22, 2009 06:56 AM

Funny, I was just thinking about you/this blog the other day, and there you are! Wonderful. We are lucky to get to read your stories again. Glad you are happier and thank you for sharing!

Posted by: Jamy | October 22, 2009 06:58 AM

AHHH!! I almost fell off my chair this morning! I'm SO happy to have you back. You've been languishing as a dinosaur in my RSS feed for so long but I've been reluctant to delete you and now YOU'RE BACK!! Please stay! I'm glad to hear you're happy; so glad things are going well and very anxious to hear all that's new. Fantastic!!

Posted by: Bonney | October 22, 2009 07:12 AM

Wow. Miss Doxie is back. Thank the good lawd.

Posted by: ree | October 22, 2009 07:18 AM

I am so happy that you are back.

Posted by: Bethiclaus | October 22, 2009 07:26 AM

Welcome back, I'm so happy to see you!

Posted by: Twice Five Miles | October 22, 2009 07:43 AM

So glad to hear you're good!

Posted by: Tonja | October 22, 2009 07:46 AM

Hooray!

Posted by: JChevais | October 22, 2009 07:46 AM

ok, if you need to be slapped, I'm your girl
I'm so happy that You Are Happy and that you are posting again. :)
Missed You

Posted by: colleen | October 22, 2009 07:52 AM

YAY! So glad you are back. I can't tell you how much I've missed your posts. I'm sorry it was such a rough time (I have also done the Depression thing, and it sucks to the nth degree) and am delighted to see you back, and better, and looking so happy.

Welcome back!!!

Posted by: Liz Scheier | October 22, 2009 07:55 AM

I honestly didn't think you'd come back, but I kept you in my feed reader just in case. I've always loved your writing

Also, I'm glad to know you were sad, because I'm sad, and sometimes I feel like I'm the only one. Glad you're better. Hope there is a better for me.

Posted by: S | October 22, 2009 07:55 AM

Weeeee! Welcome back!

Posted by: kirida | October 22, 2009 08:04 AM

I thought you were gone forever. I really did. But I never ever took you off of my feed reader, JUST IN CASE.

I'm so sorry you were so sad. And I am so freakin' happy you're back.

I think you're going to be shocked at how many people have been waiting. Truly.

Posted by: jonniker | October 22, 2009 08:21 AM

Welcome back! I'm so glad you're doing so well. And congratulations on your cat, I love her little pink softpaws!

Posted by: Erin | October 22, 2009 08:23 AM

YAY!!! Welcome back!

Posted by: Shanee | October 22, 2009 08:25 AM

Hey, so nice to see you again! And so happy you're in a good place.

And hello, Bo. Looking mighty handsome, as ever.

Posted by: Maria | October 22, 2009 08:25 AM

Welcome back!

Posted by: Missy | October 22, 2009 08:27 AM

I totally read between the lines and worried, but while we exchanged some entertaining e-mails when I bought some Shop Doxie stuff as a gift for a dachshund nut in my life you don't know me well enough for it to have been appropriate to get all "so are you really...OKAY?" on you. I worried when you disappeared, and I'm thrilled that you're back and seem to have arrived at a really GOOD place. You deserve every happiness, Leigh, and those of us who care not just about the hilarious posts (I used to write really funny stuff when I was falling apart; I think a lot of Southern women deal with depression by getting REALLY FUNNY) but about the girl behind them are all ready to start enjoying Doxie 3.0. Also I almost peed myself when I saw "Miss Doxie" in my feed reader. SQUEE!

Posted by: MFA Mama a.k.a. "Eliza" | October 22, 2009 08:29 AM

Yay! So glad I kept you on my reader! Welcome back!

Posted by: Sara | October 22, 2009 08:30 AM

Welcome back! Glad to hear you're in a better place.

Posted by: Sarah L. | October 22, 2009 08:35 AM

Yay! Welcome back from another dedicated lurker!

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2009 08:37 AM

So glad you're back and you've worked through all that crap. Apparently you write such incredibly pants-wetting hilarious stories when you're depressed that I am sort of alarmed to imagine what it will be like when you're happy. We may need some EMTs.

Posted by: Amanda | October 22, 2009 08:38 AM

So glad you're back, and so glad you're happy.

Posted by: Emily | October 22, 2009 08:38 AM

I just two days ago looked through my feed reader and left you there in hopes that you'd be back. Glad to hear things are looking up and that you can keep bringing the funny.

Posted by: mjb | October 22, 2009 08:39 AM

I cannot say enough: YAY! Missed you so much, am sorry you were in a bad place and am thrilled that you are in a better one now! I have really missed you!

Posted by: Lena | October 22, 2009 08:39 AM

Yay! I was hoping you'd come back eventually--LOVE your blog. I'm glad you've found happiness.

Posted by: JB | October 22, 2009 08:40 AM

Welcome! You were missed!

Posted by: Miguelina | October 22, 2009 08:41 AM

I'm so glad you're back as well. I can't wait to hear more about your new life!

Posted by: Megan | October 22, 2009 08:42 AM

welcome back! like any good friend - it doesn't matter how long you've been gone because we can pick up right where you left off :-) i'm so happy you're HAPPY and that's all that matters!

Posted by: margaux | October 22, 2009 08:49 AM

I want to tell you that I'm so beyond thrilled that you are back but also not to put any pressure on you so that you feel like wow! now I'm back and I have OBLIGATIONS to the people of the internet. You so DO NOT, this should be your little corner of the internet and the people who are on your team will just be happy when you post and be cool and go read something else when you are busy or bogged down or on vacation in Majorca. And the haters can suck it.

Also, your boyfriend is hawt in an artsy "I'm not terrified of feelings" way.I could be wrong and he could be emotionally stunted but I truly hope not. Plus, when you go through something Heavy someone kind of has to be ok with the dark/twisty feelings and general sullenness (or is it sullennity?) or they'd bail. So, I am right. Yay for me..

Posted by: Lauren | October 22, 2009 08:49 AM

Welcome back!! So glad you are happy again - the picture sure shows evidence of that. :) We just added a cat to our 2 wiener dog home too, they all love each other, but it's been interesting.

Posted by: Nicole | October 22, 2009 08:56 AM

I'm so glad you're back! And happy!!!! And I understand about the depression. Which makes me even happier that you're back!

Posted by: Stacia | October 22, 2009 08:57 AM

I am so happy that you're happy and your back to posting! I am also very happy that I decided to check your blog for the 1,000th time because it was so worth it to see an update! Yay!

Posted by: Amanda | October 22, 2009 08:57 AM

Whee! A new Doxie post in my feed reader this morning=best. thing. ever. So glad to see that you're still around, that you're doing well and that you're happy. No matter what the reason, we all need breaks from time to time and folks who don't get that, well, they don't even deserve a viking baby funeral!

Posted by: Scraps | October 22, 2009 09:05 AM

Welcome back. Have checked faithfully every month or so; was waiting for 10/29 for your return but checked this a.m. and - surprise!

Posted by: Brenda | October 22, 2009 09:06 AM

Oh my dear lord, you live! Squee!
I'm so happy that you've come back, I was really worried that Bo got the better of you.

And hunny, good for you for taking your life back. It is yours, afterall.

Missed you so,
~Boomer

Posted by: Boomer | October 22, 2009 09:08 AM

Huzzah! Welcome back to blogland -- I'm excited to hear your stories again, especially with a cat in the mix ;) Glad life is treating you well!

Posted by: kathleen | October 22, 2009 09:08 AM

YES!! I kept you in my reader in hopes that one day Miss Doxie would be "bold" again. So glad you are bold again in both respects. We have all done our stint on the couch just so you know. Kuddos to you for moving on. Welcome back!

Posted by: Dana | October 22, 2009 09:11 AM

Welcome back, Miss Doxie! I kept your URL in my feed reader, just in case. I'm so glad to know that you're feeling better, and you sound so genuinely happy. Hurray!

Posted by: Susan | October 22, 2009 09:14 AM

So glad you are back! And what a lovely place you are in!

Posted by: Micki | October 22, 2009 09:14 AM

I'm so sorry you were sad and I'm so glad that you're feeling better and happy!

Posted by: Celeste | October 22, 2009 09:21 AM

Awwwwwww, you're back! Such happiness for us readers! I keep going through the same thing with blogging (without the faithful followers). My excuse is 8 month old baby, full time lawyer gig, and oh yeah, lazy and tired as all get out. But seriously, so glad to hear your funny voice.

Thank gawd Gimme is okay and welcome to the family kitteh!

Posted by: AngeeRAH! | October 22, 2009 09:24 AM

Welcome back! And hooray for happiness, even if it does involve a cat. :)

Posted by: Gwen | October 22, 2009 09:26 AM

I almost keeled over when I saw a new post from you in my feed. I'm so so so glad you are doing well. Welcome back. Hi Bo!

Posted by: Angela | October 22, 2009 09:27 AM

Hip, hip, hooray! I'm so glad you're doing well, happy, and back to posting here again. I never even considered taking you off my google reader, just in case. Welcome back!

Posted by: Mary C | October 22, 2009 09:29 AM

What a fabulous surprise in my Reader this morning! Welcome back Leigh!

Posted by: Meredith | October 22, 2009 09:30 AM

Your blog was one of the very first I ever read on a regular basis. I have you on my Google reader, and I was so excited to see your name darkened as a new update this morning.

When you dropped off the face of the earth I chalked it up to the Senator and new blooming love and all that. I'm sorry to hear it was much more than that, but I'm so glad you are back and better. Can't wait for more updates.

Bring it.

Posted by: Beth@UnskinnyBoppy | October 22, 2009 09:33 AM

HUGE sigh of delight. I needed this so much. Thanks for coming back.

Posted by: Kizz | October 22, 2009 09:36 AM

Welcome back! So happy to hear you are okay, you had everyone so worried. I've always been a lurker on your site but just wanted to tell you how much you have been missed. Love your writing and can't wait to read more.

Posted by: Linda | October 22, 2009 09:40 AM

Thanks for coming back, Miss Doxie! We missed you! Glad you're better and that you have a kitteh.

Posted by: Karen | October 22, 2009 09:41 AM

Back and with a vengeance! So happy for you in your happiness and happy for us that you are back! Happy!

Posted by: jana | October 22, 2009 09:42 AM

I loved your new post and look forward to digging through your archives ... one thing though - for some reason I can't add you to my feed reader. I'm getting a 404 error stating that your index doesn't exist. =(

Posted by: Halite | October 22, 2009 09:44 AM

Dude. DUDE! You're back! I had been keeping you on my reader just in case, and here you are.

I'm so glad you're in a better place, with a person who obviously makes you insanely happy. Good stuff.

Posted by: jive turkey | October 22, 2009 09:44 AM

Is it too soon to ask you to get a Twitter feed? Because I sincerely believe that Miss Doxie tweets would be fucking rad.

Posted by: jive turkey | October 22, 2009 09:47 AM

Best news in a year! Welcome back!!

Posted by: Papageno | October 22, 2009 09:48 AM

So glad you are back! Your posts always make me laugh. Yippee!

Posted by: Beth | October 22, 2009 09:49 AM

Oh, yay! I've wondered about you. I'm sorry about your struggles but I'm glad to hear you're so happy now!

Posted by: Lisa | October 22, 2009 09:53 AM

Just kept checking, thinking surely you'd update sometime. So glad I waited, so sorry to hear how hard last year was, so very, very glad you are in a better place. I can't wait to hear more about your lovely life!

Posted by: Elizabeth_K | October 22, 2009 09:54 AM

YAY!!! I'm so glad you're back, and I'm really sorry about the rough times you've had this year, and in the past.

Posted by: Julie | October 22, 2009 09:55 AM

Welcome back, you were so very missed, but I know we are all glad you are back. Can't wait to see more of Bo, hear more about the cat, and on the edge of my seat about Brian! Yippee!

Posted by: Laurie | October 22, 2009 09:57 AM

So glad you're back! x

Posted by: Maddy | October 22, 2009 09:59 AM

WELCOME BACK!!
I'm sorry you were in such a bad place for so long. I've been there. I actually took a month off work and hung out in a day hospital, my depression got so bad. And then continued in the hospital part-time for another eight and a half months. And yet, I survived. Yay for that!
Moving on.

I'm very glad you're back. Be careful with that cat. I have three of those little fuckers, and they will try to kill you DAILY and yet be so cute you just can't quite throw them out the back door just yet. I have the cast on my foot to prove it. I mean, the cast isn't from a cat-related injury, but I'm sure it is there fault somehow. It always is. Bastards.

Also, I don't know what Cookie is up to in that picture, but if she is shooting geese I hope her aim is good, because I was chased by a pissed off goose once, and that is a terrifying experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Missed you. Glad you're feeling better, and you're back.

Posted by: Annabelle | October 22, 2009 10:01 AM

Wow! Welcome back, you were missed.

Posted by: Christina | October 22, 2009 10:03 AM

I cannot tell you how happy I am to see you back...and happy....and writing...and all those other things...
You're a gifted storyteller, and you've been missed!

Posted by: Nyt | October 22, 2009 10:03 AM

Hurray for new beginnings! Welcome back from
a lurker.

Posted by: Sue H | October 22, 2009 10:05 AM

Yay! Glad you are back, and that things are better. You were missed, and many people do genuinely care. Take your time, and take care of you - those dogs are depending on you! :)

Posted by: Greg S. | October 22, 2009 10:08 AM

So glad to see you back!!

Posted by: Lilie | October 22, 2009 10:10 AM

Well, this made my day! This is why I never remove anyone from my Google reader feed.

Posted by: Peggasus | October 22, 2009 10:12 AM

OHMYGOD, I couldn't believe it when I clicked on here this morning and saw a different title at the top of the screen. Add me to the masses cheering your return and saying how sorry I am that you were so unhappy. I've been reading you since 2004 (good Lord) and you have always been one of my favorite bloggers.

It's wonderful to have you back and to know that things are better in your world. Welcome home.

Posted by: Taper | October 22, 2009 10:17 AM

Welcome back. It's wonderful to hear from you. And congratulations on the lurve in your life.

Posted by: RhoJo | October 22, 2009 10:20 AM

Yay, I'm glad you're back, and it seems like I'm not the only one!

Posted by: TodayWendy | October 22, 2009 10:22 AM

So very happy to see you! Welcome back.

Posted by: Floyd | October 22, 2009 10:23 AM

Hi! Welcome back! So glad to see you posting again, and that you and the puppies are happy and healthy.

Posted by: bad penguin | October 22, 2009 10:24 AM

i think i was a complete lurker back when i used to read you before, so.. um.. hi!

i feel pretty terrible that i blithely read along before and had no idea you weren't ok. it makes me want to go back in time and give then-you a big internet hug. glad now-you is happy :-)

Posted by: Alice | October 22, 2009 10:30 AM

Oh, what a great surprise in my feed reader. Woo hoo and stuff!

Posted by: Susan | October 22, 2009 10:33 AM

Welcome back! We've all missed you. :)

Also, you might want to consider switching your blog to wordpress (wordpress=no headaches). God forbid we don't want technology getting in the way of you and your fabulousness. :) I'm a web-designer by day, so feel free to let me know if you need help, I'd be more than happy to give it.

And your cat is awesome. Especially love the pink toenails.

Posted by: Lindsay | October 22, 2009 10:35 AM

SWEET JESUS ON A BAKED POTATO. I am so glad that you are back - almost as glad as I am that you are so happy. Yay! We missed you!

Posted by: Jamie | October 22, 2009 10:36 AM

Welcome back! I can't wait for Doxie 3.0. :-)

Posted by: stephanie | October 22, 2009 10:37 AM

Welcome back! I can't wait for Doxie 3.0. :-)

Posted by: stephanie | October 22, 2009 10:38 AM

I have missed you so much. As a fellow dachshund mommy I have really missed your dog stories. I am glad your were able to come back and face your website again!

Posted by: Wendy in Houston | October 22, 2009 10:38 AM

It's funny you posted now, because I randomly thought of you the other day. Beware the power of my brain, other lapsed bloggers!

Posted by: Cori | October 22, 2009 10:40 AM

Yay yay yay!

Posted by: Danielle | October 22, 2009 10:48 AM

No. Way. You are BACK!

Oh also. One of my cats had a head tilt, and you know what it was? Malnutrition. Something about how she wasn't digesting her new cat food properly. Whuh? We switched her back to her old food and she was fine and her head went straight. I don't know if cats and dogs are at all alike on this, and in any case your dog is now fine, so moot.

Posted by: Swistle | October 22, 2009 10:49 AM

I just looking through your archives the other day...just because. I'm so glad you're back! :)

Posted by: Emily | October 22, 2009 10:50 AM

Yay! and Yay!

Posted by: Shari | October 22, 2009 10:52 AM

So happy you're back, and even happier that things are good for you now! I'm so sorry you had a rough year:(

Posted by: Suzie | October 22, 2009 10:53 AM

I agree with Alice--I'm pretty sure I was a lurker before so hi from me as well!

So glad you're back and I can't wait to read more about the kitteh and the puppies and the senator. Of course, if you feel like you need to step away, it's cool! Do what you need to do (you don't owe the cranky internet trolls anything!)

Posted by: Katie K | October 22, 2009 10:54 AM

Ohhhhhhhh!
I'm so glad you're back, and I'm so glad you're happy.

Posted by: chellebird | October 22, 2009 10:56 AM

So awesome! I've been reading your site for years. Really, since like...BC. But I never comment because my comments reek of old shoes. When I saw in my Reader you had updated I rubbed my eyes a bit and passed out cold. In a good way, not in a hit your head on the floor and need to be airlifted to the E.R. type of way. I am very happy you are now happy and things are looking up for you. Yay!

P.S. Cute kitty addition!

Posted by: Vegetable Assassin | October 22, 2009 10:58 AM

YAY! I've been waiting my whole life for you to come back! I'm glad you are doing better, can't wait to hear about it :)

Posted by: Rachel | October 22, 2009 10:59 AM

YEAH! Much celebrating and emails with lots of capitals and exclamation points to my girlfriend who introduced me to you with the Cookie and the geese story going on here!!!!

Huh?

That was some truly special sentence structure there.

Anyway, now I don't need to stalk you on Facebook, which is a good thing - I was glad to find you, but it truly felt a little stalker-ish.

And so glad that Gimmme is fine.

I think I have Mrs. Kitteh's cousin too. Even though we keep pointing out that we saved her little 6 week old self from living next to the shed, she doesn't seem truly grateful, even 4 years later.

And, one more thing...


!!!!!***Y*E*A*H***!!!!!

Posted by: 2horseygirls | October 22, 2009 10:59 AM

Ohhh! Welcome back! I am so glad to see you posting again and sharing even a little bit of what you've been going through. Looking forward to more fun (and even some of the less fun because somehow you can make that fun, too) :)

Posted by: Kaitlin | October 22, 2009 10:59 AM

Delighted you're back. It's important that you take care of you.

Posted by: Sue K | October 22, 2009 11:00 AM

Yay!

Posted by: Janet | October 22, 2009 11:03 AM

Sweet! Welcome back! Seconding the twitter request, if you have the time...

Posted by: Whirr | October 22, 2009 11:04 AM

I actually screamed with joy when you popped up in my RSS feed! Welcome back! :) I'm glad you're feeling better- I've so been there, done that on the hidden depression thing, and it's not fun! Yay DOXIE is BACK! :)

Posted by: Catherine | October 22, 2009 11:08 AM

MISS DOXIE! HELLO! Oh, how I have missed you. I am so glad you are doing better.

Welcome back.

Posted by: Meggan | October 22, 2009 11:10 AM

So glad you're back!

Posted by: Meredith | October 22, 2009 11:10 AM

I'm so glad you're back. I did check almost daily to see if you were. Glad to see you're OK and happy, that's what matters, and thanks for sharing that with us when you find the time.

Be seeing ya!

Posted by: DoxieFan | October 22, 2009 11:11 AM

Yea, you're back! Glad to hear you're up to writing again. Definately missed you.

Posted by: Frank | October 22, 2009 11:12 AM

I can't tell you how happy I was when your blog popped up in my little RSS reader with new content.

Hooray!

Posted by: Eddie | October 22, 2009 11:13 AM

Welcome back, Miss Doxie! It is an honor to have you here. :)

Posted by: Heather | October 22, 2009 11:15 AM

I am thrilled to have you back.

Posted by: Jules | October 22, 2009 11:16 AM

Oh, hooray!

Posted by: slynnro | October 22, 2009 11:18 AM

OHMAGOSHI'MSOHAPPY!

Seeing your name in my reader made my day fer reelz.

Sigh of relief and joy. Seriously.

Posted by: kateastrophe | October 22, 2009 11:21 AM

Yeah!! You're back!!

Posted by: page | October 22, 2009 11:22 AM

Ditto Eddie -- yea!

Posted by: Rob | October 22, 2009 11:25 AM

I may or may not have giggled like a schoolgirl when I saw this come up on Google Reader. I'll never tell.

(I totally did.)

Posted by: Jenn | October 22, 2009 11:25 AM

SO GLAD you are back, Miss D! Missed you! Love you! Did not flounce off in a huff over your absence but always hoped you'd come back to us because your stories made me laugh so much.

For a girl who looked like she had her shit together, you did an excellent job of hiding your sadness here on your blog. I would never have guessed! I'm so sorry that you were in a bad place but remember the old adage about that which does not kill us makes us stronger. I'm sure it's hard to look back and remember what was really going on but you don't owe anyone here an explanation. It's just awesome to know that you are happy and healthy and loved.

Looking forward to your stories, Leigh!

Posted by: Tricia | October 22, 2009 11:26 AM

You made my day! Welcome back to you and your gang (even the cat). Thanks!

Posted by: Debbie | October 22, 2009 11:27 AM

So wild, I just accidentally clicked on your site in my reader yesterday, and it said "There Are No Updates For This User" and I was sad. Welcome back, I love it!

Posted by: Lindsey | October 22, 2009 11:35 AM

Lord woman, we have MISSED YOU! Glad you're back. And I know just how you feel. I have a deadblog right now, too that I'm not sure what/when to do with/about. I think I'll want back in sometime but like you said, timing is everything. Hearts to you, SS and the herd.

Posted by: Kelliqua | October 22, 2009 11:36 AM

Yeah! I am so glad you're back, even if you had to muck through the sad to get here. I really missed you.

Posted by: Elizabeth | October 22, 2009 11:37 AM

Yay! You and Bo are back!

Posted by: Jeff | October 22, 2009 11:37 AM

Holy-all-that-is-good-in-this-world....you're back.

Let me just add to the chorus -
1. He's hot
2. So is your man
(What? Of COURSE I was talking about Bo there in #1)
3. I harbored a deep, secret desire that you'd return one day.
4. If you had not, I was going to just occasionally read the archives until the day the site disappeared. (Seriously, you have no idea. Sometimes, an entry about your bad weiners is the only thing that keeps me from evicting my bad weiners. Of course, Topher does aspire to Bo's level of awesomeness.)

I was so happily shocked when I saw this on my RSS Feed that I dropped my mouse and promptly forgot about my diet coke and homemade fudge sitting in the office kitchen - and I made a beeline back to my desk to read the newest update/adventure.

You've made my day. Period.

Posted by: Jerilyn | October 22, 2009 11:38 AM

Welcome back! Ditto what everyone else has said.

Posted by: Jane | October 22, 2009 11:39 AM

I just about fell off my chair when I saw you pop up in my Google Reader. I'm thrilled that you're back and in a great place.

And I'm glad that Bo is back in my life, too.

We missed you, lady.

Posted by: Laney | October 22, 2009 11:40 AM

I seriously have tears in my eyes. I can't tell you how happy I am that you're writing again. But I'm even happier that YOU'RE happy. Welcome back Miss Doxie :)

Posted by: catherino | October 22, 2009 11:48 AM

Welcome back. We all have our personal fires we go through. Glad you came out stronger on the other side.

Posted by: Lucinda | October 22, 2009 11:55 AM

HEY! (That's what I say when I haven't seen someone in a while, and I'm happy to see them.) :D

Posted by: beeaunka | October 22, 2009 11:56 AM

Yay. I missed you.

Posted by: justJENN | October 22, 2009 12:01 PM

Welcome back! I always knew you'd be back. That's why I kept you in my Google Reader for all this time. And now knowing that you're finally happy, I'd say it was worth the wait. Hi Brian!

Posted by: Liz | October 22, 2009 12:03 PM

May or may not be delurking to say "Thank you sweet baby jesus" and welcome back!

Posted by: Fannie | October 22, 2009 12:05 PM

I am so glad you're back! And happy! And I missed Bo. :)

Posted by: Amy | October 22, 2009 12:14 PM

OMG WOOOOO HOOOOO! I am so glad to 'see' you again, girl. And *so* glad that you are happy. And that the dogs are well. And that you have a cat! (Tee hee hee.) My day is complete- I can go back to bed now because nothing else this magical can possibly happen today. :)

Posted by: gabrielle | October 22, 2009 12:15 PM

Welcome Back. I feel like I should apologize for giving up on you when a few months ago I stopped checking every day and just checked once a week (grin) - but I knew you'd be back. And I'm happy you're better. That's all we can really hope for, right? That life just keeps getting better.

Posted by: Zoot | October 22, 2009 12:25 PM

Yay! So glad you're back, glad you're happier, glad you took a break. All good things. And boo on the crazy vet. But yay for kicking him to the curb!

Yeah, so yay you're back, write whatever you want and nothing more with NO PRESSURE, and that is all :)

Posted by: elise | October 22, 2009 12:29 PM

I saw your site in bold on my Google Reader this morning and had to do a double-take. Welcome back a million times over, I am so happy for you (and me!). I've missed your great stories, because (and for what it's worth) they always pepped up my drab and miserable days.

Posted by: Tracy | October 22, 2009 12:30 PM

Welcome back! I'm just so....HAPPY!

Posted by: Nothing But Bonfires | October 22, 2009 12:34 PM

It doesn't seem right to welcome you back to your place, but Welcome Back!

Posted by: Chrissie | October 22, 2009 12:44 PM

Leigh! I'm just so, so, so happy that you're back, and even happier that you're back a happier person. I'm so sincerely sorry for all of the bad you've been through, but I'm glad that you aren't abandoning your site. I've really, really enjoyed your stories over the years and I hope to see a lot more of them soon.

And BO! I missed him!!

Posted by: Erin | October 22, 2009 12:45 PM

Ditto. Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Welcome back.

Posted by: JennC | October 22, 2009 12:51 PM

Yay!

Posted by: HollyRhea | October 22, 2009 12:51 PM

I thought my Reader was playing tricks on me this morning! What a great treat. Welcome back Miss Doxie.

Posted by: Speedy Canizales | October 22, 2009 12:52 PM

Hoorayyy! Glad you're back and happy! My condolences on having become a cat owner, though.

Posted by: Lisa | October 22, 2009 12:53 PM

Wow. Well if getting 172 comments on the day you write again isn't enough to boost your ego, I don't know what is.

So glad you're back!!!

I was around a dachshund this past weekend and thought of you. Even told the owner about your site and how hilarious you are.

(BTW, I used to write on Liberal Banana - I'm the gal who sent you that Photoshopped picture of Bo as Bo Derek, remember that? Yeah, I got sick of writing there so I started a new blog about boring shit like gardens and installing a pool.)

Anyway, so glad you're back (and happy)!

Posted by: Frau Farmer | October 22, 2009 01:01 PM

SO glad you're back, on the other side of the dark time, and ready to write again. YAYAYAY!

Welcome back!

Posted by: Kathleen | October 22, 2009 01:08 PM

Yet another lurker popping up to say welcome back! Hooray for better-ness and love and Bo and Gimmmee and Kitteh and new adventures.

Posted by: Another Megan | October 22, 2009 01:10 PM

OMG, YAY! Yay for you!

The first blog I had was a complete cover-up for the crappy relationship I was in, and like yours, was full of forced cheerfulness, though I truly did enjoy writing. I just didn't like my life, though you wouldn't have been able to tell from the posts. So I understand. I hope that you can once again enjoy your time here.

Yay for happiness, and love, and dogs, and cats, and being in a much better place in your life!

Posted by: d.g. | October 22, 2009 01:10 PM

Hurray! What a nice suprise this morning to hear of a Miss Doxie post! I'm glad you're back, and glad things are well. Looking forward to reading again!

Posted by: Lauren | October 22, 2009 01:11 PM

Seeing you here again makes me so happy. Wilkommen, bienvenue!

P.S. Tell Bo the bitches were pining for him, too - I mean, just behold the way he's reigning from a Throne Of Hott Booty. He's still got what we need.

Posted by: Tracy27 | October 22, 2009 01:13 PM

Welcome back! This was the happiest thing in my Google Reader feeds this morning.

Posted by: Corinne | October 22, 2009 01:16 PM

Miss Doxie! So glad to see you in my reader today! We're all happy you're back!

Posted by: Kristen | October 22, 2009 01:18 PM

What a great surprise to see you pop up in my google reader! Welcome back. I visit your Cookie/Geese entry when I need a grin. I never get tired of it.

Posted by: Mindy | October 22, 2009 01:36 PM

Welcome back. I'm happy to hear you're in a better place.

Posted by: PomJob | October 22, 2009 01:47 PM

Welcome back! I've missed you!

Posted by: LadyBug | October 22, 2009 01:49 PM

Yay! Yours was one of the first blogs I read, waaaay back when. I've always thought you were one of the funniest people I've ever read. Sorry for all of The Suck that you had to go through to get here, but I'm so glad you're back. Squee!

Posted by: cindy w | October 22, 2009 01:52 PM

How LOVELY to see you back :) And yay! A cat!

Posted by: lizardek | October 22, 2009 02:11 PM

Leigh!!! SO glad to hear from you--thank you for writing. :) Your post just made my day (despite the parts referencing sadnesses for you--sorry). Happy your life is going happy ways now, and looking forward to hearing more.

Don't forget the 'about me'! Um, no pressure. ;)

Posted by: aphrodite | October 22, 2009 02:11 PM

This made my day! And Bo on a butt? Icing on the cake.

Posted by: Tamara | October 22, 2009 02:13 PM

OMG, welcome back! I peed myself a little when I saw your new post. *happy dance*

Posted by: fan o'doxie | October 22, 2009 02:18 PM

So because I'm insanely behind the times, I just today decided to start using Google reader. After typing in the people I read almost daily, I figured that I'd add Miss Doxie on the hopes that you'd return. When there was a new entry I did an actual double take! I'm so happy that you're back and I understand how it can be easier to hide behind fake happiness than to deal with depression. I've gotten quite good at that myself. Good luck to you and I can't wait to read your new stories!

Posted by: mstiegirl | October 22, 2009 02:23 PM

Holy Crap, it's Miss Doxie! She's baaaaaaaaack!

Posted by: Mafalda | October 22, 2009 02:27 PM

I would also like to welcome you back. And let you know that the first e-mail I sent this morning had the subject line "Doxie - back!"

Because I know what's important.

Posted by: Michele | October 22, 2009 02:31 PM

So glad that you're back, but more importantly that you're happy.

Posted by: Carolyn | October 22, 2009 02:32 PM

hurrah! SO glad you're back, and SO glad you're doing better. Three cheers for Miss Doxie!

Posted by: Catherine | October 22, 2009 02:32 PM

(((Leigh)))

It's sooosoooso rocking awesome to have you back.

Posted by: Barb | October 22, 2009 02:42 PM

I have always loved reading the things you have to say. I'm so glad you're jumping back in. :)

Posted by: Helloheather | October 22, 2009 02:47 PM

Welcome Back! I am so glad I kept you in my favorites! Because you are, and i'm looking forward to more new and bold adventures!

Posted by: meddy | October 22, 2009 02:48 PM

195 comments and counting. It's a good thing you culled the herd... ;)

Yay! You're back! AND with a CAT! [That's a double YAY for me]

Can't wait to read more about Cookie and her geese.

Posted by: CLD | October 22, 2009 02:57 PM

Oh, I'll be here. Because I'm sure there has got to be cat -vs- dachshund stories.

I'm happy you're in a much better place, Leigh. You deserve it.

Posted by: Beverly | October 22, 2009 02:59 PM

I'm so glad to see you! You've always been my favorite imaginary friend and I've missed you.

Posted by: Kate | October 22, 2009 03:09 PM

People on Twitter said you were back. I had to see for myself. And here you are! Hooray! Welcome home.

Posted by: Allison | October 22, 2009 03:10 PM

You were still in my Google Reader. I never gave up hope. In case you care, in the meantime, I got married and have a superlong last name now.

And, my husband's name is Brian! Brians rock.

Posted by: Southern Web Girl Kristen | October 22, 2009 03:10 PM

If that was you writing while hiding your depression I am soooo looking forward to seeing you in your happy place! May the future hold many many more for you!

Posted by: Jade | October 22, 2009 03:14 PM

Yay for Bloglines! I didn't miss the Miss Doxie comeback! Welcome back! Sorry for the suckitude...congrats on the great guy (and cat...although, I wish I had known you were in the market, I could have set you up on a blind date with my two black and white cats...we're full up around here with two doxies, two two-year-olds AND two cats. Somebody is always vomiting, pooping or peeing on the floor or couch around here...)

Posted by: Lynnette | October 22, 2009 03:21 PM

I was so excited when I did my usual hopeful Miss Doxie check and saw you were BACK that I didn't even READ!! Immediately dropped the laptop, grabbed the phone, and called dh to share.

BUT.... I managed to refrain and NOT call him back after I saw the new cat. hahahahaha We are owned by four of the rotters, so I am REALLY looking forward to tales of doxies vs kitteh!!

SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK!

Posted by: Kenna | October 22, 2009 03:23 PM

OMG! You're BACK! HOORAY! You were one of the very first bloggers I started reading so many years ago and I was so sad to think it had ended. This is all so very fantastic and congrats on being so happy! I can't wait to read more!

Posted by: Pocklock | October 22, 2009 03:24 PM

Welcome back, Leigh!

Posted by: Martha | October 22, 2009 03:29 PM

Leigh, I kept you on my blogroll with FULL faith that you'd be back and better than ever. Truth is, Shit happens. We understand. The End. We're here for you girl. So glad you (and the whole hee haw gang) are back!!

Posted by: Chrissy | October 22, 2009 03:35 PM

Leigh, I've been an avid reader of your blog for years, but never commented. I am a doxie owner myself and always found your posts a wonderful read. I'm so glad you are back and in a better place!

Posted by: Michelle | October 22, 2009 03:42 PM

Yay! I'm glad you're back. I know what it's like to fake it through life while being terribly depressed. So I'm glad you're better now.

Posted by: Elizabeth K | October 22, 2009 03:47 PM

Welcome Back! I MISSED you!

XOXOXOXO

Posted by: Isabel | October 22, 2009 03:51 PM

What phenomenal timing for me to come back and just check in! I'm glad to see all is well and hope you will be here for me at lunchtime again soon! Nevermind that lunch is at 3:30 today. It usually is.

Posted by: Paul | October 22, 2009 03:54 PM

HOORAY!! Welcome Back, Miss Doxie and her magnificent cast of characters - can't wait to catch up on old times :)

Posted by: Werbie | October 22, 2009 03:55 PM

Ignore the pissy twatwaffles.

Who cares why you're back?

YOU'RE BACK, that's all that matters.

The only difference a year makes is that I am not lurking but saying, 'HI. Welcome back n' stuff!"

Posted by: Loralee | October 22, 2009 03:57 PM

Holy buckets! I just clicked on your site the other day wondering what had ever happened and if maybe I'd missed a move to a new site or something. Glad life is good!

Posted by: liz | October 22, 2009 03:59 PM

SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK!

I'm with Loralee (which is often the case), no explanation is needed.

Just glad you're back and in a good place! We missed you.

Posted by: Meghan | October 22, 2009 04:03 PM

Zoot tweeted that you're back. And, look! you are! Thank you for the update, painful as it must have been to write, and thanks for coming back. I (we) missed your wonderful writing! Too mushy? OK, then, going away, quietly.

Posted by: Linda_M | October 22, 2009 04:05 PM

You're back! Hooray!
The "outed" part is scary - my spouse is a lawyer and won't even have a Facebook page. I hope it didn't have too many repercussions.
Welcome back to blogging. I'm glad you're in a better place.

Posted by: bkwyrm | October 22, 2009 04:07 PM

YAYAYAYAY!!! Welcome back...or should I say Welcome Through. So glad to hear you are doing good now and I'm looking forward to some stories, Miss Doxie style.

Posted by: Melinda | October 22, 2009 04:10 PM

I thought my GoogleReader must be off or something when I saw a MissDoxie post!

And total ouch on the outed part -- barely anyone IRL knows about my blog, but it is actually mostly about crafting so it wouldn't be too scary for it to be out there, but still...

Anyway, Glad to see you back!


Posted by: nanann | October 22, 2009 04:11 PM

That cat totally looks bad ass. Luff.

Posted by: schmutzie | October 22, 2009 04:27 PM

Hu-FUCKING-zah!

YES! I knew there was a reason I didn't take you off my feed reader. You just made my day! HOTDAMN, y'all!

Posted by: Taylor | October 22, 2009 04:28 PM

Oh you are back! Sorry to hear that things were so bad before but it's fantastic that you are doing great now!

Posted by: Jessica | October 22, 2009 04:40 PM

Yaaaaay! Miss Doxie is happy and writing again! I was so excited when I heard the news. Congrats on all the new-found awesomeness.

Posted by: Gwen | October 22, 2009 04:42 PM

I don't think I've ever commented before, but I just wanted to tell you that in the midst of a sucky day, in an even more chaotic and unreal week, this was this wonderful little jewel box of a gift. Just the power of someone I don't know, making me laugh, for a few minutes. Thanks so much, and welcome back!

Posted by: Sarah | October 22, 2009 04:47 PM

Welcome back!

Posted by: Christy | October 22, 2009 04:47 PM

Welcome Back! Your writing is, as always, so refreshing.

Posted by: Cameron | October 22, 2009 04:53 PM

Holy crap, you're back! When I saw you'd updated your blog on my Google Reader this morning, I think my eyes did that bugging out of my head thing that only happens in cartoons.

You're not kidding when you said you're good at hiding how unhappy you are - I am the same way and it's amazing how you can talk yourself into believing that you're satisfied with your life. I'm just so glad that now you really are!

Posted by: Lori | October 22, 2009 04:54 PM

Is is too late to give you that hug? Because, wow have I missed you. As much as you can miss some stranger from the internet and her evil little dogs. Welcome Back!

Posted by: Julie | October 22, 2009 05:04 PM

YAY! So happy to see something new when I opened the site today.

Posted by: courtney | October 22, 2009 05:19 PM

Glad you're back! Even more glad you're happy.

Posted by: Librarian Girl | October 22, 2009 05:29 PM

I haven't the foggiest if I have ever commented before - but, I know JUST how it is. I haven't posted anything on my blog in months, and my last post was about an issue and not just whining - and no one commented. So. Yeah. Glad you're back. Glad you're happy. Glad the dog is ok. Glad you have a cat (and you will be, too).

Posted by: Jessica | October 22, 2009 05:29 PM

Sounds like Gimmie had Ideopathic Vestibular Syndrome. They don't know what causes it and they can't treat it, but it basically consists of a week or two of vertigo and head tiltiness, and maybe some throwing up from the vertigo and head tiltiness, and then your dog gets all better. Voila.

Posted by: WienerWonderland | October 22, 2009 05:36 PM

first, relief. when a person disappears from the internet you cannot help but fear the worst. so glad it wasn't the worst.

second, i'm sorry for the sad times. i am genuinely very sorry for the sad times.

thirdly, welcome back!

Posted by: denice | October 22, 2009 06:10 PM

1. Outings are bad
2. So relieved Gimmmie is okay
3. Glad to see you happy
4. Kittehs can be okay as long as they keep their nomming to themselves.

Happy to see you back!

Posted by: Serendipitie | October 22, 2009 06:13 PM

I was so excited when you showed up in my Google Reader. Welcome back!

Posted by: Mandy | October 22, 2009 06:38 PM

yaaaaaaaaaaaay! welcome back! we missed you (and the dogs)(mostly you)(and a lot of the dogs :))

Posted by: aly | October 22, 2009 06:42 PM

I'm so glad you're back - I have always loved your writing. I did wonder if all of the CHEERFUL AND WITTY posts were covering something up - mostly just because hello, my name is Kate, and I too have battled soul-crushing depression all while maintaining a humorous facade on my blog.

Anyway, the point is this: I'm really glad you're happy.

Posted by: Wahkonamama | October 22, 2009 06:44 PM

I am so glad you're writing again. It's a huge step to start creating online again...and I'm glad you were able. Three cheers!

Posted by: strieudal | October 22, 2009 06:50 PM

I'm SO not a commenter typically, but I just had to for this. I'm so happy you're doing better. As long as this blog is a good thing for you, I say go for it, otherwise, we'll all have to understand. But I'm so glad you're happy and well!

Posted by: Katrina | October 22, 2009 06:55 PM

Oh, yeah - Welcome Brian! Looking forward to meeting you, too.

Posted by: Linda_M | October 22, 2009 07:12 PM

aw yay welcome back!

Posted by: katelin | October 22, 2009 07:14 PM

Adding my voice to the throng: So very glad you are back! I read "Cookie and the Geeze!" to my parents, and now it's a standing joke (as they have several geese on their pond). Welcome back!

Posted by: Jo | October 22, 2009 07:17 PM

Leigh!!! I can hardly believe my eyes! I've been lamenting your absence, asking friends where it would fall on the overall stalkerishness scale if I were to send you a facebook friend request. So glad you're back so I can stop wondering where that line is (and which side of it I'm on).

Also, Bo has so much more white on his face! So distinguished! Glad we can feast our eyes on him once again.

Happiness rocks. It's good that you're giving it a try. I think you'll like it.

Posted by: Carol | October 22, 2009 07:22 PM

Sweet Baby Jesus! I've been checking for a year - nicely, politely, creepily - and here you are!

Posted by: Jen | October 22, 2009 07:40 PM

Doxie, please remember that all the readers who wrote annoying or nasty emails/comments to you while you took a break are NOT the majority of us. The majority of us just love reading whatever it is you feel like writing, whenever you feel like writing it. That said... I missed your writing so much! And I'm so grateful to this awesome Brian for making you happy and making you feel like you might want to do this again.

Posted by: Carrie Ann | October 22, 2009 07:59 PM

I can't believe you are here. Two nights ago I tweeted "Whatever happened to Miss Doxie?" and here you are. It's like I won the blog lottery.

It's good to see you writing again and glad to hear you are in a good place. Can't wait to hear more about that cat.

Posted by: Fairly Odd Mother | October 22, 2009 08:15 PM

welcome back! i did indeed check in on your site at least once a week for this past year and i am very much, super, extremely glad that you have returned. even more so that you are at a better place now!

Posted by: Kat | October 22, 2009 08:21 PM

Welcome back, Miss D! So glad you're feeling better. Can't wait to hear more about it!

Posted by: Charity | October 22, 2009 08:35 PM

Yay! Doxie + foxy boyfriend + extra bonus cat!

Posted by: Liz | October 22, 2009 08:44 PM

Yay! So glad you're back. We missed you.

Posted by: Amber | October 22, 2009 08:51 PM

Oh yay. I've kept you in Bloglines hoping you and Bo would return, and look at who else you brought with you! Cool.

Posted by: Kimmen | October 22, 2009 08:53 PM

It's not exactly my BirthDAY (27th) and I have no idea what else I'm getting, but this is for sure in the top 10! Wahooooo!

Posted by: KellyS | October 22, 2009 09:17 PM

Yet another reader who will never drop her Miss Doxie subscription! So glad to "see" you again (sorry to hear about the past sad, but the portrait speaks well for the now-and-future happy)! And a kitteh, too?? *swoon*

Posted by: wyo | October 22, 2009 09:21 PM

Welcome back Ms. Doxie, welcome back!! I am so glad you're posting again, and I'm glad you are writing about your rough times too.

Terrible bad times can stymie one's writing like nothing else in the world. Extra applause for fighting that inertia. But, of course, how could you hide Bo any longer from his adoring fans??

Posted by: Beth F | October 22, 2009 09:38 PM

I never huffed and I just left your site in my feed reader in the hopes that eventually you would post again and I screamed OUT LOUD when I saw a new post today. Welcome back, you and the crew were very much missed. I can't wait to read version 3.0. Very exciting...

Posted by: carolyn | October 22, 2009 09:43 PM

A) Okay, he is really, really hot.

B) At least twice a day someone finds my blog by Googling "What happened to Miss Doxie?" I guess those days are over, but people looking for "teenager tube top" will sadly still find me.

C) Here is the thing, Miss Doxie. Truthfully? You always seemed kind of perfect. Beautiful, smart, ridunkulously funny, really impressive career, and WHO KNEW you could get sad? It's not like I'm pleased you felt bad, but I do feel like, whew, she's human.

D) Could you post pictures of yourself as a teen in a tube top? How about the new cat? Kitty in a tube top? Possibly?

E) Welcome back. Your dreams were your ticket out.

Posted by: June | October 22, 2009 09:53 PM

Some of the funniest things I have ever written were when I was really really depressed. I get what you are saying. And I'm glad you're back!

Posted by: Kari | October 22, 2009 10:06 PM

Wow. Hard drives dies. Replace hard drive. Finally get all files back. Surf around - DOXIE IS BACK. And now she is batting for my team - CAT PEOPLE. My, my, my. Have your goggies discovered the great delicacy of CAT POOP? Dog kisses are never the same.

Posted by: coastalsteve | October 22, 2009 10:14 PM

Just one more in an astonishingly large group of people who would click on _Miss Doxie_ every day, faithfully, waiting for you. Glad you're back.

Posted by: Bob | October 22, 2009 10:27 PM

So happy to have you back!

Posted by: Stephanie | October 22, 2009 10:31 PM

So glad you're back - and laughing at the cat because like you, as a solid dog person, I somehow ended up with two (2!) kittens who also lived in a dumpster for a while. And in case your kitten hasn't discovered this, my kittens would like to inform her that chewing the keys off the keyboard on the laptop and then batting them around is the best thing ever. ever.

Posted by: Theo | October 22, 2009 10:35 PM

YAY! You are back! :)

I check in once a month or so...just in case. I never could bring myself to take you out of my bookmarks (what is this thing you people call "RSS"? I know nothing of it) because I hoped hoped hoped you'd return.

And you did! I'm so glad!

Posted by: Erin | October 22, 2009 10:52 PM

I KNEW you'd be back. And I figured your absence was a "finding myself" mission. I'm also glad that you've found Brian. Dukay made you compromise yourself and who you are far too much. Yes, I read that in between the lines of your posts.

I'm so very glad you're back - I've been checking once a week the whole time, and low and behold, here you are. Welcome back, Leigh, welcome back. We've missed you.

Posted by: Jessica | October 22, 2009 11:12 PM

So happy you're happy!! So glad you're back!! Other blogs have come and gone, but you have always had a place in my feeds (that sounds kind of weird), just on the chance you'd be back - YOU'RE THAT GOOD!!!

Signed, a Former Lurker

Posted by: Heidi S. | October 23, 2009 12:17 AM

Yeaaa!! I'm so glad you're back and doing great! I missed your awesome writing and of course, Bo!!!!

Posted by: Kathleen | October 23, 2009 12:41 AM

OMGGGGGGGGG.

i have MISSED. YOU. LADY.

i am so excited you're back. i've kept you in my reader justincase and tonight i was SO DAMN EXCITED (did i talk about the excited?)

Posted by: raeleighjo/bigskygirl | October 23, 2009 12:53 AM

I'm glad you're back. You're the only blogger I've read who can consistently make me literally laugh out loud.

You really did hide your hard times well, but I'm happy for you that they're over. Hope you stay happy, you deserve it.

Posted by: Dave | October 23, 2009 01:06 AM

Hi! (waves excitedly)
I am so happy you are back!!! This is slightly embarrassing (and stalkerish?) to admit, but I believe I've checked your website almost daily for the past year. Oh, but you probably already know that. You know that Manhattan address that keeps showing up? Yup. That'd be me. I never said anything. Just waited patiently for your return. Why? Because I love your writing, and I love Dachshunds (seeing how I have two, one named Boris, after you-know-who). And every once in a while (okay, once a day, give or take, apparently) I just need a break from being all Sociologist of Religion-y and just need a good laugh. In short, I am delighted you are back, but I am even happier to hear that you are happy.
~k

Posted by: Katia | October 23, 2009 01:34 AM

GLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

I think the most common words in these comments are "Fucking," "Happy," and "Bitches."

It seems a wonderful way to welcome you home.

Posted by: Iggeh | October 23, 2009 01:36 AM

I'm glad you're doing better. As a person who is going through some really dark times right now myself, it's good to hear that you made it through and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by: Porter | October 23, 2009 01:44 AM

Miss Doxie I am so glad you came back!

Stuff happens in life and we all just cope in the way that works for us.

Im glad to hear you are happy and I love your kitteh! And of course Bo!


Posted by: Michelle | October 23, 2009 01:55 AM

Yay!! I also kept you in my feed reader, just in case one day you decided to come back.

So glad to read an entry from you - I'm sorry you were going through a horrible time, but I'm happy to hear that you are happy again.

Posted by: Anna | October 23, 2009 02:16 AM

very lovely to hear an update. :)

I never read the comments on your, um, most recent posts because those people were nucking futs. not all of them. some were very concerned and adored you. but some of the others? dudes. seriously. the world does not revolve around you.

so I didn't read those comments. and I can understand why you would not want to read them either. the delete key. gotta love it.

most of all, just glad to hear you are in a good place.

Posted by: wendy | October 23, 2009 02:54 AM

thought i was going to click over from my reader & leave a comment as one of few...but i am #273. so hmmmph. either way, welcome back, cant wait to read your posts!

Posted by: beebop | October 23, 2009 09:00 AM

Welcome back! I got to know your site while you were away, so I am excited to see more. Whether or not it's solace for you, you have a real gift for writing. In fact, reading this site helped me during night shifts at an extremely difficult job last year - I get what you mean about the cheeriness masking the sadness, but damn if some humor isn't needed in face of great difficulty. It's a philosophy I've been raised to believe in, healthy or no.

Again, welcome back!!

Posted by: Sara A-G | October 23, 2009 09:05 AM

i thought i was hallucinating when i saw a new post up! but YAY! welcome back!

and girl, we've all been where you've been. glad to see you fought your way through. let the good times roll! :)

Posted by: miss petite america | October 23, 2009 09:26 AM

First time reader - I read that you were back on Bye, Bye, Pie's blog. Sounds like you are a strong woman and I admire that. Glad you took time for yourself and that you are in a good place. I used to be a good hider too, so I understand. Good for you and will look forward to becoming a fan!

Posted by: Kate | October 23, 2009 09:44 AM

So glad you are back!! I missed Bo!!

Posted by: Heather | October 23, 2009 10:00 AM

Oh good! So glad you're back and you're happy!

Posted by: Kate Beaman-Martinez | October 23, 2009 10:14 AM

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!
but also, YAY!
At the risk of sounding like a TOTAL COMPLETE COPYCAT, so glad you're back, and happy again! I'm so excited to have your awesome posts to look forward to again!

Posted by: AJ | October 23, 2009 10:36 AM

Are your fricken kidding me? This post made my day. BO! GIMMEE!! THE OTHER ONE!!


Welcome back, girl. It's all good.

Posted by: dorrie | October 23, 2009 10:41 AM

SO glad you're back! SO glad I'm too lazy to clean out and delete blogs from my Google Reader! What a fun surprise to check it today and see you!!!!

Posted by: CAB | October 23, 2009 10:48 AM

Oh thank GAWD.

You still want help with your site upgrade? ;)

Posted by: Cobwebs | October 23, 2009 11:41 AM

So Glad you are back!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Posted by: Donna | October 23, 2009 12:10 PM

OHMYGODIAMSOGLADYOUAREBACK!!

Seriously though? Total stranger here but I'm SO glad you're okay and SO glad you're back. I missed you horribly!

Posted by: Lucy | October 23, 2009 12:30 PM

heee :) 285 comments and counting...now you'll have something to do! and you thought there'd only be a few of us....

i found you like a week or so before you high-tailed it outta here, but the goose post made me die. so i'm glad your back so i can read CURRENT stuff :)

June Gonnaeatthat from Bye Bye Pie is the one that shared the good news of your return with us :) yay!!

Posted by: Laura/DaPFG | October 23, 2009 12:56 PM

Leigh, I'm so glad you're doing well again. (Here's a suggestion to the furry ones: please pee all over the people who caused Leigh pain, and any remaining mementos of their existence.)

Depression sucks, as do bad relationships, and the imminent death of loved ones (esp. when served with a heapin' helping of EXTRA DEATH). You deserve to be happy.

Regards,
Dr. Beads
P.S. Maybe I should restart my blog, since I recently emerged from some extra-bad times of my own. What a concept. I hope you don't have it patented or anything.

Posted by: Dr. Beads | October 23, 2009 01:04 PM

So glad you're back! I could never bring myself to delete you from my favorites. Hope springs eternal!

Posted by: Michelle | October 23, 2009 01:23 PM

Welcome back. I'm so glad you've come out happy on the other side of bullshite. You, Bo, and Gimmme have been missed. I can't wait to hear new Bo and Gimmme stories...and await with no little amount of trepidation stories about Mrs. Kitteh. Even though I don't know you, don't even live in the same state as you, and feel vaguely stalkerish every time I click your site in my favorites hoping against hope for an update. Today finally! Yay!!! Mwah!!!!

Posted by: desifink | October 23, 2009 01:29 PM

Welcome back!! I've kept your site in my favorites for a long time, and about once a week I'd check for an update and see how you were doing.

You've been missed!!

Posted by: Jill | October 23, 2009 01:56 PM

I got hooked right about the time you disappeared. So very happy you are back!

And Bo, you look so handsome...

Posted by: The Furry Godmother | October 23, 2009 02:26 PM

Welcome back!!

Posted by: Elizabeth | October 23, 2009 02:33 PM

HELL YEAH!!!!

This is the second post I am writing. I think in my absolute freakin' joy that you were back, I somehow forgot to actually post my message. Ooops. But here is mostly what I said (or meant to say).

You are an great writer and I want to hear your voice no matter what the tone! You don't owe us a damn thing and anyone who says otherwise has seriously sad entitlement issues. That's between their shrink and them, so never think twice about those people. It's your right to deal with your life as you see fit. We all have out own journey. My own philosophy is that if you can get a joke, lesson, or story out of it, it's worth experiencing. If you can get all three, it's a genuine blessing.

But I will say this, it's so great to have you back and to meet the real Leigh, feelings and all. She's pretty great to read, too. :) WELCOME BACK!

Posted by: Minda | October 23, 2009 02:34 PM

YEA!!!!! So happy you are back! And in a great place--even better to hear. Can't wait to hear about the Senator, the dogs, and the new kitty.

Posted by: Meli | October 23, 2009 03:04 PM

Woo! I have kept you on my blogroll hoping that you would come back! When I saw a new post in my RSS feed I cheered! Welcome back!

Posted by: Princess of Power | October 23, 2009 03:52 PM

Doxie, so glad to see you're back and happy. Can't wait to read more stories and pee a little from laughter.

Posted by: Tor | October 23, 2009 04:08 PM

Welcome back! Another one who loves your writing. :) Yay for Brian! Yay for goggies! and mostly, yay for the new kitteh!!! Glad you're in a better place.

Posted by: leeny | October 23, 2009 04:23 PM

Starting out with a few people? Who are you kidding? I, for one, check(ed) this site every week for a year to see when you'd be back! (so did the spambots, apparently). Now the celebration can begin, so glad to hear you're back and doing well. We missed you!

Posted by: Ellen | October 23, 2009 04:37 PM

So glad you're back!

Posted by: Kim | October 23, 2009 04:38 PM

SO HAPPY you're here again! I've read you for years and years and I've missed your writing. Hooray!

Posted by: LindzML | October 23, 2009 05:24 PM

Hooray! I am so very pleased that your back and happy!

Posted by: Melissa | October 23, 2009 05:42 PM

Oh my goodness-
I am so happy you are happy! and BACK!! Really happy about the being back part! I have recently reread many of your old post.
You were missed, but life has to happen sometimes. Yeah!! This made my frickin day! Big hooray for Miss Doxie!

Posted by: mamalush | October 23, 2009 05:45 PM

glad you are back and glad you are happy. i had an inkling you may show up around your year anni of leaving. :) looking forward to more doxie tales!

Posted by: mary | October 23, 2009 05:49 PM

Yay! I have never posted before, but I love your site, have been reading it for years, and am THRILLED that you're back!

Posted by: Kristin | October 23, 2009 06:29 PM

you can take the cat out of the dumpster,but you can't take the dumpster out of the cat.

Posted by: lee | October 23, 2009 06:43 PM

You're baaaaack! Yay!

I'm so happy that you're happy, Leigh. Your blog was one of my favorites, and I fell in love with you (hard, but in a non-stalkery way, you live too far) with "Cookie and Da Geese." That one made me pee my pants. I have since changed them.

Posted by: Suzy Q | October 23, 2009 07:42 PM

Welcome back. I kept your RSS feed on my computer, waiting for a time when you might be able to post something again. Even with your deepest, dark depression, you writing made me laugh out loud and my dachshunds jumped up and down wondering why I was giggling. I can hardly wait to read of more exiciting adventures and of your new loves (human and feline).

Posted by: Kitty | October 23, 2009 07:56 PM

Welcome back! I am so glad to see that you feel up to posting again. You were missed.

Posted by: Erin | October 23, 2009 08:11 PM

Welcome back Leigh! You were truly missed. Glad that you're in a happy place!

Posted by: tbooty | October 23, 2009 09:28 PM

As a very longtime lurker, I'd like to say (before going back into hiding), "Welcome back!" It's good to see/hear from you again. :)

Posted by: jess | October 23, 2009 10:40 PM

Thank Christ you're back... whew...

Posted by: marley | October 23, 2009 10:53 PM

Yay! I'm so glad you've posted... hopefully you will stick around and post more? I can relate to the depression; oddly enough it hit me at age 30, and I too stopped writing. For ten years.

Looking forward to reading all about your new adventures. And welcome to being owned by a cat, heehee.

Posted by: SunKitten | October 23, 2009 11:00 PM

Wow... I was just getting ready to give up. I was going to write you a pitiful note on the day of a year without posting.... so glad you're back! And happy!

Posted by: Hall | October 23, 2009 11:53 PM

Dude. Hi! Yay!

Posted by: Shana | October 24, 2009 12:52 AM

So happy you're back, but more happy you're happy.

(Also maybe thinking that this post could've been written by myself in so many ways, circa now. Which is a cold glass of water right in the face. So, thanks. Seriously.)

Posted by: Kimberly | October 24, 2009 01:17 AM

I was just thinking of you the other day as my 4 1/2 year old daughter wore her "Butt likes you" button on her Catholic school uniform.

Posted by: Kimi | October 24, 2009 01:22 AM

Welcome back, lady. I'm so happy you're so happy.

AND let me personally welcome you to the land of crazy cat lady. Get cozy...

Posted by: Abby | October 24, 2009 07:41 AM

Welcome back. So glad things are better.
I came back from time to time to remember the funny, check up on things. But it was the week that I brought my very first doxie home that I came to check on you again and you were BACK. My little hot dog can make all kinds of wonderful things happen, I think.

Posted by: reb1008 | October 24, 2009 08:41 AM

Hooray for the return of Ms. Doxie!

I understand the reluctance to share when folks you know at work are reading. I went through that (though not with coworkers) and changed my blogging for similar reasons. I didn't quit blogging, though. I'm glad you didn't, either.

Posted by: W. Lotus | October 24, 2009 09:30 AM

Holy shit!!!! The woman who started it all-- my very first blog that I ever read! You have no idea how EXCITED I was when a little 1 next to "Miss Doxie" appeared in my Google reader today!! I'm sorry to hear how unhappy you once were, but please know that your posts got me through some pretty serious shit-- laughing outloud is always the best medicine. Needless to say, I'm more than happy you're back.

Posted by: Kate | October 24, 2009 10:19 AM

Wow Leigh,
It's just so great that you're back. I missed you sooooooo much. Also, there was much missing of Bo. Love ya!

Posted by: Angela | October 24, 2009 11:12 AM

So glad you're back!! You were sorely missed.

Posted by: Claudia | October 24, 2009 11:26 AM

I was unbelievably excited to see you pop up in my reader again - some of us indeed never gave up hope! Having been through that whole depression thing (with lots of my friends expressing surprise when they found out because apparently I too am a master of disguise) I can understand how odd you find the past posts. But as you can see from the number of comments, we are all really looking forward to the future ones. And we are slightly scared of your cat.

Posted by: Loth | October 24, 2009 11:34 AM

yay! welcome back. i'm so happy you're happy.

Posted by: heather | October 24, 2009 12:12 PM

I was SO HAPPY to see a post from you in my news feed. Welcome back!! I'm so happy that YOU are happy, and welcome to Ms. Kitteh, who is very very cute. :)

Posted by: Wendi | October 24, 2009 12:33 PM

Welcome back - you were missed. Sorry things were such the suck, but better is good. Very, very good. :)

Posted by: kris | October 24, 2009 12:43 PM

YAY! So glad you're back, feeling better and excited about writing again. Your posts always made me laugh. :)

Posted by: Zee | October 24, 2009 05:00 PM

I love your cat! hehe

I'm glad you're back! And I'm glad you are feeling better! I missed your blog!

Posted by: Angie | October 24, 2009 05:07 PM

Girl, if that's the way you write when you're miserable, then I can't wait to meet the happy Leigh.

Welcome back.

You don't know me, but I missed you sooo much.

PS You landed yourself a stunner, there.

Posted by: Kate | October 24, 2009 05:59 PM

So I happened your blog by accident or from someone else I read, I don't remember... a few months back. 6 months or so ago I'd say.
Then I read the whole thing, and I loved it and then I came up to the last post and realized you'd been gone for a while already. But I had already decided to put you in my favorites. I've been coming almost daily for 6 months or so.
Today I almost didn't notive the new title. And then wow she's back.
I'm so glad you're back. And better. And back.
Wow.

Posted by: Amelie | October 24, 2009 06:00 PM

im so glad you are back, so glad that gimmme is okay, and so happy to see bo.

Posted by: hilarey | October 24, 2009 06:34 PM

Welcome back! Hope you continue to be well!

Posted by: Em | October 24, 2009 06:44 PM

Miss Doxie, I am so happy that you are back!
I have been checking your website every week or so and was gobsmacked when I saw your new posting. I am glad to hear that you are well, and ever so happy. I also am happy to hear that Bo and Gimmme are well. Mrs Kitteh is just adorable. She looks a lot like my cat Willie, so I love her already.
Welcome back!
Edna

Posted by: Edna | October 24, 2009 08:32 PM

Oh my FUCK. (In fact, I think I first heard that phrase from you.) First I thought my RSS was hallucinating; then I thought I was hallucinating; then I fully crapped my pants; then I had to run out and buy an entirely new turtle; and then I had to clean up from all of the above, and even THAT wasn't enough to act out my surprise and joy. You rock, Senator Sasquatch rocks, the new kitty rocks although you and I both know she will make you dreadfully miserable. Now don't go vanishing on the Internet again, or your shit will come to life and kiss you.

Posted by: Gretchen C. | October 24, 2009 09:46 PM

Oh my FUCK. (In fact, I think I first heard that phrase from you.) First I thought my RSS was hallucinating; then I thought I was hallucinating; then I fully crapped my pants; then I had to run out and buy an entirely new turtle; and then I had to clean up from all of the above, and even THAT wasn't enough to act out my surprise and joy. You rock, Senator Sasquatch rocks, the new kitty rocks although you and I both know she will make you dreadfully miserable. Now don't go vanishing on the Internet again, or your shit will come to life and kiss you.

Posted by: Gretchen C. | October 24, 2009 09:46 PM

Yay! I'm dancing a jig! I'm so glad you're back, but please don't feel pressured to keep us happy. Worry about yourself only... we'll be here waiting, wishing for your happiness!

Posted by: Laura | October 24, 2009 11:01 PM

you just made MY life so much better by having you back. honest.

Posted by: em | October 24, 2009 11:04 PM

When you popped into my feed reader I had a warm fuzzy. :o)

Welcome back, glad to hear you're doing well!

xox

Posted by: heidikins | October 24, 2009 11:32 PM

Does this also mean you're bringing back ShopDoxie? Because I'm totally unwilling to part with some things I purchased from you, which makes me a totally selfish gift-giver.

Posted by: chirky | October 25, 2009 12:58 AM

I kept checking in, just hoping to see you again. So pleased you are back. Glad you are in a much happier place. :)

Posted by: J. | October 25, 2009 03:26 AM

I am thrilled!!! I never gave up. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. Looking forward to happy days ahead. Welcome back. And to the 'entitled/huffy' folks, sure hope you don't show up here again.

Posted by: Janice | October 25, 2009 08:31 AM

YAY! Welcome back! you've been missed!

Posted by: Terra | October 25, 2009 10:41 AM

Doxie's back and Brian's got her! Life is good.

Posted by: sharon | October 25, 2009 05:06 PM

I love reading the comments on your blog almost as much as your blog (*almost*) because... "twatwaffles"? Maybe the best insult I've ever heard. Ever. And the additional joy of reading that your life is way better plus seeing a pic of Bo on a Butt? Doesn't get much better than that!

You know, I'm thinking you should head over to blurb.com and make a book out of this blog and sell it to your adoring public. Then all of the idiots who gave you a bad time upon your "outing" could just suck it because you'd be adored AND beautiful AND richer than fuck. Damn-nation it's good to read you again!

Posted by: lyrica71 | October 25, 2009 05:20 PM

I've checked your blogsite almost daily for so long and it was such a wonderful sight to behold a new ephiphany from you! So very glad you are back and that things are going so much better in your life these days.

Posted by: Cherben | October 25, 2009 07:01 PM

Funny thing- I started reading your blog when I was in a very dark spot in my life (divorce, depression, blah, blah, blah. Your stories, humor, and dachshunds helped cheer me daily. I'm sorry to hear what you have gone through but are glad that you seemed to get the help you needed.Welcome back!

Posted by: Chrissy | October 25, 2009 07:39 PM

I have a cramp in my index finger from scrolling down, trying to find the end of the comments, so I could add my two cents. Just wanted to let you know I have emailed the President, my Congressman, and my Senator. This definitely needs to be a national holiday. October 21-Miss Doxie Day! But then any day with a Miss Doxie post is a holiday. Thank you for letting us back in your life.

Posted by: mommamack | October 25, 2009 07:40 PM

Oh Bo, Bo, Bo!
We've missed you so so much! So glad you're ok!
(hee, she thought this site was about her????) Oh Bo, we were worried!
Love ya
The Nomistakin' Daxies

Posted by: Nomistakin' Dachshunds | October 25, 2009 07:44 PM

Dude, you made my fucking year. Welcome...welcome back. The internet has been weeping for you.

Posted by: Annie | October 25, 2009 08:01 PM

Awesome! So glad you're back AND happy.

Welcome back!

Katie

Posted by: Kate | October 25, 2009 09:05 PM

holy shit, my heart stopped beating when i saw you posted. i been checking every few weeks, really even kinda worrying about you, even though you're a complete stranger, but one that makes me laugh. i'm sorry for the shit that you had to go through, but damn glad to see youre happy now. i applaud this entry, btw. very open and honest, i totally apprecitae it. and i think lots of us can relate to what you went through. thanks for coming back, babe.

Posted by: amy | October 25, 2009 10:00 PM

WHOO HOO! I am doing a happy dance in my pink princess pjs and guess what? I doing this in front of my husband while having an asthma attack because I AM THAT HAPPY you are back and also my husband can't take me back because we are married in the EYES OF GOD so there!!

I have been checking every week just watching your comment count go up because of the spammer bots.

Hugs

Posted by: Dee | October 25, 2009 10:53 PM

Good for you! This is the second post I've read so I don't know the "before" you, but the "after" you seems to beam.

Again, good for you! :)

Posted by: Shauna | October 25, 2009 11:31 PM

Welcome back! It's good to see you writing again, and even better knowing that you're happy (despite the cat).

Posted by: Audrey | October 25, 2009 11:34 PM

I know you don't know me, but I'm so glad you're back!

Posted by: Lauren | October 25, 2009 11:47 PM

i never gave up. yay, missdoxie! HUGS and LOVES

Posted by: nerr | October 26, 2009 04:04 AM

i never gave up. YAY and HUGS and LOVES

Posted by: nerr | October 26, 2009 04:09 AM

Glad you're back, and really glad you're doing ok!

Posted by: Tracy | October 26, 2009 08:28 AM

Hooray, I am glad you are back! I ditched my blog months ago for similar reasons, so I *get* it. I am thrilled to know you are doing so well. PS - I also ended up getting a cat (am dog person), and after 8 months the dog and I are both surprised how much we adore him. Even when he is plotting our murder.

Posted by: Heather | October 26, 2009 09:01 AM

Welcome back - I never gave up you've been in my "faves" for a year.

Posted by: Liz | October 26, 2009 09:12 AM

Well, hello again. It is great to see you back. So good to hear that you've found (and are now living full time in) your Happy Place. Brian looks like good people.

Posted by: Ruth | October 26, 2009 10:02 AM

Welcome back! You're a joy to read any time, so I never gave up checking. Congratulations on Gimme's non-imminent death, and on a new love.

Posted by: ailo | October 26, 2009 10:43 AM

Yay! Welcome back.

Posted by: Melis | October 26, 2009 10:48 AM

I am so, so ,so glad our back. I didn't know what kept me checking, but something always told me every month or so that just maybe you'd get back to us!!!

I am glad everything is wonderful with your life!

I had a baby in your absence, lol. you were gone long enough for me to gain 40 pounds AND lose it sister!

Posted by: jen | October 26, 2009 10:57 AM

Welcome back! I missed you. I have dealt with depression, so I feel you. I never gave up on you, but I did give up on the South. I moved to New York City.

Posted by: BAngieB | October 26, 2009 11:19 AM

I never commented before, but from one Queen of Hiding to another...welcome back!

Posted by: apronstrings | October 26, 2009 11:43 AM

Yes, but the South did not give up on BANGIEB! We love her. But we all love you Miss Doxie. BAngieB sent me an e-mail with the link to your latest post, and that is why I love her, even though she moved many, many miles away. We have missed you so much, but thank goodness, you are feeling better and are happier now. And no wonder, Brian does seem to have a very nice hiney. Very photogenic, also Nice posing there Bo. Welcome back. We are so happy you have returned, and hope this becomes as happy a place for you as it once was.

Posted by: Kelly | October 26, 2009 11:47 AM

Hi Doxie!

I've been reading for ages and have been checking periodically in hopes you'd eventually come back. It sounded like things were awful so the hiatus was definitely understandable. Anyway, I'm glad you're back and feeling happier.

I think it's pretty normal to attempt to subliminate all the negative in a blog, to try and make your life look happy and shiny and fun even when you're miserable. I've been blogging for a good five years and I still do it sometimes.

Plus getting outed is fucking terrible. I got outed and then demoted a few years ago and it definitely had a chilling effect on my internet openness.

Anyway. I'm glad you seem to be feeling better and I look forward to continuing to read in the future, as much or as little as you feel like sharing with us.

Kat

Posted by: Kat Anderson | October 26, 2009 12:07 PM

Nice to see you back in more ways than one. I'm looking forward to new limericks!

Posted by: Jenny | October 26, 2009 12:09 PM

From my doxies (Evil Spawn Boy, Slightly Less Evil Spawn Girl) to yours, welcome back to the spotlight! And congratulations on the cat. I hear from my dogs that they are delicious.

Posted by: Sparrow | October 26, 2009 12:10 PM

I am so glad you are back. I checked every so often and was shocked to see a new post. I love your writing. And, more importantly - I love to hear you are doing better - even if we didn't know you weren't doing so good. I wish you nothing but happiness - because that is all you have brought your readers.

Posted by: Anya | October 26, 2009 12:50 PM

OMG! I'm so glad you're back. I can't remember if I've ever commented here before or not (because it's been FOREVER) but from the bottom of my heart: I missed you. I still tell people to come here and read your site all the time with the disclaimer "Don't worry! She hasn't posted in FOREVER! So, unlike other blogs, you don't have to worry about reading back story and missing the current stuff at the same time!" So it's totally super awesome with a side of HIGH FIVE that you're back. I missed you. WE'VE missed you.

For what it's worth (probably nothing) I recently realized that I was also super depressed and putting on the version of me that people expected. I'm medicated now and just this morning I had pineapple and Prozac for breakfast. I feel better and I'm in a happier place. Thanks for being so real with everyone - and I DO mean everyone because the "few" people you thought you had are actually TONS and we all love you and missed you like crazy. Welcome back.

PrincessOfForks

Posted by: PrincessOfForks | October 26, 2009 01:08 PM

I'd like to say that I never huffed ~ only worried about to where you'd gone. I often returned and longed for you to do the same! So glad you are back and know you have been missed (although given the # of comments I expect you know that now). Kisses to Bo and Gimme from the 7 pack of wieners here! Check out our new NC Wiener Roast website ~ you and Senator should make plans to attend in May...we'd love to have you. Bring some of your paintings...and bring Bo and Gimme too.

Posted by: lokidoki | October 26, 2009 01:50 PM

I F*CKING TEARED UP TODAY, I WAS SOOOOO HAPPY TO SEE YOU'RE OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S WONDERFUL YOU'RE BACK - TAKE YR TIME & WRITE AS & WHEN YOU PLEASE ... THOSE OF US WHO'VE BEEN CHECKING FOR THE LAST YEAR WERE GENUINELY CONCERNED & ARE HAPPY TO BE READING FROM YOU NOW - WE UNDERSTAND & YOU OWE US NOTHING. JUST GLAD ALL IS WELL NOW. :O)

Posted by: A CANADIAN FAN | October 26, 2009 02:05 PM

First time reader. Sparrow/Allatwitter made notice of your return on her blog and my thought was, "huh? who dat???".
So, I click on over here and there are almost 400 fucking comments for someone who has been gone a year. Holy shit!

I'm leaving now to add you to my blogroll. Yeah.
I'm quick like that.

(I love cats. heh.)

Posted by: Jean | October 26, 2009 02:48 PM

OHMYGOODNESS OHMYGOODNESS!! YOU'RE BACK!!!! I've been running weekly checks on your site and am soooo happy you're back to writing and sooooo happy to hear you've gotten through your tough times sounding relatively unscathed. Welcome back!

Posted by: DK | October 26, 2009 03:02 PM

I about cried when I read that Gimmme might be sick! I am so relieved he's okay! Thank God above! Okay, enough exclamation points.

Welcome back, Leigh. I've been checking your site weekly since you left because, yes, I am pathetic and have no life to speak of. Seriously, I went out and got my own Doxie (Gracie Lou Freebush is alive and doing well in Nebraska, no thanks to the miserable wretches who gave her to the shelter in Kansas, I might add - their loss, my gain!)and having her in my life made me think of you and Bo because she too uses poop as a weapon.

Okay, tangent aside, welcome back, dude! Seriously! I totally understand your reasons for leaving but it sure as shit is good to have you back! And thanks for the picture of Bo. I love that little guy.

Welcomeas well to Mrs. Kitteh. And Senator Sasquatch, too!

Posted by: Joni | October 26, 2009 03:03 PM

Love the new category!

Posted by: Laura | October 26, 2009 04:08 PM

[doing a little dance of joy] Doxie's back! Doxie's back! Doxie's back!

Thank you for coming back to relieve me of the tedium of my job.

Glad to hear that things are looking up. Hopefully forthcoming humor will not hide subconscious sadness!

Posted by: Allyson | October 26, 2009 04:30 PM

I discovered your blog right before you left (someone sent me the link to Cookie and the Geese, and I laughed for days); I've checked back in occasionally, hoping you'd return.

Welcome back. Glad you're in a good place now!

Posted by: Jools | October 26, 2009 04:47 PM

Pure, pure happiness! So glad you've returned and even better that you are for real happy and not pretend happy.

Sentimental idiot that I am, I got all teary thinking about the future crazy stories involving your new cat, old weiners and wine.

Good times are ahead!

Posted by: Jennifer Nield | October 26, 2009 05:49 PM

Oh thank god, you're back!

Posted by: Sarah | October 26, 2009 05:56 PM

Good God, woman, it's amazing to see you back again. I know of The Sad -- I have been through it, and to say it sucks is to understate the case so severely as to risk untruth. Glad you're Better Now. We, your adoring fans, do truly care for you (in a non-creepy, non-stalker way, of course), and I for one am completely fucking thrilled to see you pop up again. Yay! *hugs*

Posted by: Joey | October 26, 2009 06:00 PM

OMG, you're back. Doxie is back! Glad to see you again.

Posted by: arubagirl | October 26, 2009 06:50 PM

Thank you. For validating my incessant checking to see if maybe, just maybe...

Posted by: J. | October 26, 2009 06:52 PM

Thank you. For validating my incessant checking thinking maybe, just maybe...

Posted by: J. | October 26, 2009 06:53 PM

I am so glad you are back!! And very excited for the new kitteh! And so glad that Bo is ok :)

Posted by: bluewahini | October 26, 2009 07:05 PM

I meant Gimmme... not so much sleep last night.

Posted by: bluewahini | October 26, 2009 07:06 PM

Oh Miss Doxie I have missed you SOOO MUCH!! I'm sorry you've been having a rough time but I'm so glad you got through it and came back to us! We love you! And I can't wait for more info on Brian and Mrs. Kitteh ;)

Posted by: Rachel | October 26, 2009 09:53 PM

OK, so I'm not technologically advanced enough to figure out those RSS things (even though I think the R and the first S stand for Really Simple, but it's so totally NOT for me), so I didn't know if or when you'd ever start posting again. But every once and a while I'd come back and check. And I was secretly hoping that maybe the 1 year anniversary of your last post would be enough time for you and you would start posting again and LO! And BEHOLD! You did!!! I'm so hsppy to have you back, Leigh. You are a brilliant writer. You truly are, and I'm glad you're sharing your gift with the rest of us again. Welcome back. XOXOXO!

Posted by: Leigh Too! | October 26, 2009 09:55 PM

I have been reading your site for years but never commented until now. I just wanted to let you know that I'm really glad you're back! Can't wait to read all about Brian, and, of course, the cat!

Posted by: Joyce | October 26, 2009 11:02 PM

Well, I'm almost scared to post a comment, since I'm afraid that our collective squee-ing will make you feel afraid to come back!

Super-glad to see you pop up in my feed reader, and completley understand about the radio silence. Sorry to hear about the dark times, but it seems that you've been doing the needful things to get out of that space.

Welcome back, and just think - if you've got this many people coming back after a year, you can totally take over the world if you're feeling bored some weekend.

Posted by: Alice | October 26, 2009 11:33 PM

So glad to hear that you are well and happy. Can't wait to read more. I've commented in the past and wondered too - Welcome back.

Posted by: lindsayc | October 27, 2009 01:40 AM

Your entries were one of the greatest topics of discussion in a long ago creative writing course of mine (I'm talkin' "on the overhead projector for all to see and laugh hysterically at your wit and awesomeness" kind of discussion. We voted...you're a genius...), and I've been hooked on them ever since. You've heard it at least three hundred times by now, but I too must say, thank you for sharing. You are fantastic! You know, just in case the previous three hundred plus comments didn't make it obvious enough for you. So happy to see you writing more.

Posted by: Heather | October 27, 2009 01:40 AM

Yay! Super excited for new posts!!

Posted by: Amalia | October 27, 2009 04:44 AM

You have been missed. I'm sorry that you were struggling, and so, so happy that things have turned a corner. I hope writing here is something that makes you happy again, too!

You should know, though, that you're under no obligation to put on a good face for us, or to do anything for us at all. I'm grateful for your presence and will feel lucky to read about your new adventures.

Posted by: bec | October 27, 2009 10:56 AM

Weird -- I was away from a computer for a few days and I just KNEW you had come back! I'm so glad you're in a happy place and ready to post again. I've missed reading about you and your little dogs, too.

Posted by: lesli | October 27, 2009 01:47 PM

You can't argue with 300+ comments. I love your work — your art (both visual art that I've seen and your writing, which I and a few friends in KCMO and the NE US have followed for a few years). I kept you on my blogroll, despite the length of your absence.

We kept checking!

I suppose you feel happy here because you are an excellent writer; comedy is very difficult, and I don't believe you are overly self-indulgent or "need to grow up." We enjoy reading your spin on life. (I recently posted about how I appreciate the writers whose blogs are at essence positive; we all have sh*& going on in our lives, and many of us deal with the difficulties of merely getting out of bed sometimes, as well as with public/private persona and protectionism issues … and we know that there are dark clouds around every silver lining — and we appreciate your showing the silver part more often than not.

I mean, that story about the (were they rocks, appliances, windows, pallets?) big random heavy things that showed up in your yard one day — that was great!

Your writing differs a bit from that of Davis Sedaris's (another first-person dark humor essayist) work in that perhaps his is more tightly drawn into narratives. I'm kind of rambling and also spammingly over-doing it.

Yes, so, long story short — thank you and welcome back!

Posted by: tracy a. | October 27, 2009 02:46 PM

Ohhh yayyyyyy!! I kept you in my feed reader hoping against hope that one day whatever it was that was keeping you away would figure itself out and you'd come back! I've gone back to "Cookie and the Geese" several times over the last year when I needed to laugh 'til I cried. I'd see your name on the feed list and say a little prayer for you, hoping you'd be back soon. And what happens - you come back and I go on a 5 day break and there are 397 comments before me so fat chance you'll read this but I don't care - I want it on the interweb that I'm beyond thrilled that you're back, that you're happy again and that Senator Sasquatch is the man of your dreams. My reluctant blind date (I was the dubious one) and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in a few weeks so I know they aren't all completely from hell.

Sooooo sososososo happy that you're back...and just in time for the posting of pets in costumes and the merriment that is the Christmas tree at your house! Can't wait! Welcome back!

Posted by: Christine | October 27, 2009 03:08 PM

Finally delurking after all these years to say Yay! I'm happy that you're back & that you're happy. And I'm very happy that you'll be bringing back Teh Funny. I missed Teh Funny. And welcome Mrs Kitteh!

Posted by: Janna | October 27, 2009 03:16 PM

So glad you are back. Missed you much. Love you lots!

Posted by: suzanna danna | October 27, 2009 03:35 PM

squee, I knew my most favoritest of bloggers would one day return to the internets. joy! joy!

Posted by: zigazigazoe | October 27, 2009 04:05 PM

OMG!!!!!!!!!! You are back. I am so happy! I won't tell you how many times I checked this site to see if you were still out here!!!!!!!!!!!
I might skip around the office and actually be nice the the BFF (bitch from farmington). Well, maybe the first one. Second one is very doubtful! but, YEA, YEA You are back!!!!!!

Posted by: Donna | October 27, 2009 04:10 PM

Just one word: YIPPEE!!

Posted by: Susan Hawksworth | October 27, 2009 04:46 PM

Yay!! Welcome back!

Posted by: jaime | October 27, 2009 05:08 PM

Doxie!!! I am so happy you are back!! :)

Posted by: Gotham Girl | October 27, 2009 05:31 PM

Welcome back -- it's good to see you here in the blogosphere. I've certainly missed your posts over the year, but I've also known what it's like to suffer depression. And sometimes it seems like the funniest, cheeriest people are the ones that are suffering the most. It takes courage to step back, and congratulations for doing so.

Looking forward to Doxie 3.0. :)

Posted by: Canadian fan | October 27, 2009 06:26 PM

I'm so happy you're back! And not just for selfish reasons, either. ;) I would check in periodically, and imagine my surprise when there was a new post up! You sound good, and different, and I'm so glad you're happy and writing again. Yay!

Posted by: Margaret Higginson | October 27, 2009 09:42 PM

You were missed! I absolutely love the paintings - they're fantastic. So pleased you're back!

Posted by: Melissa | October 27, 2009 10:05 PM

Ok. I have many things to say and I know I'm buried under 407 THOUSAND others, but:

#1 - First and foremost: FUCKING YAY!
#2 - HOORAY! YIPPEE! YAY! YAY! YAY!
#3 - Fuck all y'all who gave up and deleted the link on your own sad blogs because you've never had a bad year.. I knew knew KNEW you'd be back, Leigh. I did give you a year and thought, ok.. at the end of October, do I cut my Miss Doxie losses? And I had to say I thought about it HOWEVER, I'm a sentimental girl and I doubted I would really follow through because keep in mind your Mrs. Robinson post was something I'll never forget. It was THE inspiration for me and why I started my own blog in the first place. I'd seen blogs that were merely people throwing up their boring lives on the page like a dear diary - and I had no idea how I would do something different and then someone sent me that link because The Graduate was coming to Seattle for a stage production w/ that lovely Morgan Fairchild. Not only did I fall over laughing, send it to EVERYONE I knew for similar reactions, but FOUR years later, I still have my own sanctuary where I can write and be as honest or as secretive as I want, my own little teensy group of followers (read: something like 3 people) - and honestly, solely because of you.

And d) - After reading your blog for the length of time I have, other than a couple of really lovely dedications to your friends and relatives who've passed away, this was by far one of the most real and honest posts you've ever written. I will never make people laugh the way you do cuz girl, seriously, someone should be paying you for that.. but though you didn't have to, you gave us a really good look at how human you are. I think for a lot of people, that's hard to do. I think writing our lives out for the world like this comes in waves.. and it's really hard to pretend you're ok when you're not. I'm glad you took the time away for yourself and of course we all missed you for selfish reasons - but mostly I'm glad you're ok, er.. better. Whatever. I'm glad Gimmme's ok, ever so glad you're beaming w/ being in love cuz that's fucking awesome.. and I'm pissed at myself for being the last one to find the new post a week late. But overall: HOORAY!

PS: OMG! Your paintings are amazing!

Posted by: Miss Devylish | October 27, 2009 10:25 PM

I knew you would be back had total, absolute, un-shakeable faith!!!!!!! You're brilliant, marvolous, fantastic...where is my thesaurus... big warm hugs for you!

Posted by: Heather Ash..... | October 27, 2009 11:21 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming back! I been faithfully waiting for almost a year, and I'm so excited about the prospect of reading more about... whatever the hell entitled shit you want to blog about. :D Yeah, welcome back!

Posted by: Miakodo | October 28, 2009 01:12 AM

Oh Leigh, I'm so grateful you're back! I was worried about you and missed you so much!I never left in a huff, just checked every week or so hoping you would return.I just couldn't bear to un-favorite site you! Write when you feel like it, you don't owe us anything. OXO

Posted by: Karen | October 28, 2009 06:36 AM

I'm so happy you're back, and I'm even happier that things are so much better for you. Also? Am happy to see Bo.

Posted by: Kate | October 28, 2009 07:17 AM

Hey, Leigh, I lived with The Sad for two years while keeping up the veneer of "hey, no! I'm GREAT! SEE HOW GREAT! LALALALAlaaaaa." And then there was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, and then it wasn't okay to pretend anymore. So I know my own version of the embarrassing, (at first I found it excruciating to admit that I was dealing with the The Sad) and the boring, and mostly the insidious downward spiral that The Sad takes...it's not like it happens overnight...and the slow upward spiral it takes to get better. I'm sorry you had to go through it--but the good part is when you end up in a truly better place at the other side of The Sad, and I'm elated to hear that you've arrived and are ready to start writing again!

I (selfishly--along with what? 417-and-counting others) hope that this site will continue to be a refuge and reward for you. You don't owe a thing to anyone but yourself--it's just been our privilege to be able to laugh along with you all this time. So do what makes you happy--and know that when you share it, there are lots of us who are genuinely glad to read it! (And fuck anyone who flounces off in a fucking entitled huff...awesome line, by the way. I can't WAIT to say that to someone!)

Posted by: Melanie | October 28, 2009 10:36 AM

So glad you're back Doxie!!!!!

Posted by: Anna | October 28, 2009 11:02 AM

Leigh, is happy!!!!!! Missed you dear heart.

Posted by: Carolyn | October 28, 2009 12:38 PM

Welcome back. You were oh so missed. Glad you're in a happy place xoxo

Posted by: Echo | October 28, 2009 12:38 PM

WOOHOOO!!! You are back and have been quite missed.

Posted by: Iggi | October 28, 2009 12:40 PM

HOORAY!!!

Posted by: trisha | October 28, 2009 12:57 PM

I too have been a lurker. I have never commented before, either. But, I want you to know how much your doxie stories have been enjoyed. I have nearly been fired for laughing out loud when reading them. I used to have a doxie and your stories remind me of him sooo much. You are an amazing writer...I would actually suggest looking into writing a book about your doxie tales. I think it would be a best seller!!

Posted by: Heidi | October 28, 2009 02:21 PM

We have been waiting, circling the wagons and more worried about you (in an on-line, never met you, no-I'm-not-really-a-stalker-kind-of-way) than anything.

We've had Doxie-watch going on with friends. And if you need our help kicking the idgit who outed you, me and my size 12 stilettos are at your service. WELCOME BACK!

Posted by: Operagal | October 28, 2009 02:48 PM

Wow!! I have been checking back here every month, hopefully waiting for a post. Imagine my surprise when I checked today and there was one. Yay!!! So happy you are back.

Posted by: Nicole | October 28, 2009 02:56 PM

Woo-hoo! Glad you are back. Very interested to see nature channel style dog vs. cat ultimate fighting and also Halloween costumes.

Posted by: Deborah | October 28, 2009 03:12 PM

Leigh, thank you so much for being there for us - your hilarious blog (whether you're masking your pain or not) has helped many of us through our own Sads. You and yours matter to us! No pressure, but am very excited to read more from you.

Welcome home. :)

Posted by: Gena | October 28, 2009 03:19 PM

Well, I've come back every few days with a little sadness knowing that I'll see the same page. Today, not so much!!! Woohoo!
Depression sucks. Got a t-shirt or 2 from those trips.

But, whatever it takes, babe, whatever it takes! I'll keep coming back!

Posted by: Mindo | October 28, 2009 03:50 PM

Wow, you totally made my day, week, and possible month with returning. I had so much faith you would, because to me you are still the funniest blogger out here in these interwebs. Also, prettiest, with the best dog.

I'm sorry about all the sadness, but you sure made a lot of rotten days better for some of us with your writing. I kept going back to the archives, most recently when I had a washing machine crisis, and in the middle of it I remembered "VOT IS HAPPENING TO VOSHER?" from the Rise of the Machines II entry. I hope you never delete those, or else I will have to save ALL of them.

Anyway, much much love all the way from Europe, and so happy for you!

Posted by: gia | October 28, 2009 04:59 PM

Soooooo glad you're back. Also, I totally understand the whole "had a safe place, lost my safe place, hoping that after a year it can be my safe place again" thing. Still somewhere in the middle of that whole cycle myself.
Miss Kitteh looks like my cat growing up. And just a word to the wise on that note: beware, because mine was a total bitch. She was. But I loved her. I did, because I'm "Glutton for Punishment"s poster girl.

Posted by: Angela | October 28, 2009 05:07 PM

WOOT! Welcome back.

I saw on my little sidebar thing that you had a new post and I had one of those comic reactions that you see on television, with the contorted face and everything.

Posted by: Lauren | October 28, 2009 05:33 PM

All that above me? All 400 odd comments. I agree with all the good ones. Totally.

Missed you, clicked you on my favorite bar by accident and quite literally FELL off my chair when I saw a new page. My guy is giving me funny looks while I sputter incoherently about dogs and blogger and finally back. He thinks I'm crazy.

....darnit.. WELCOME BACK!

Posted by: Lisa | October 28, 2009 06:49 PM

Glad your back. I really missed you humor and writing style.

Posted by: Chad | October 28, 2009 08:24 PM

I 'bout fell off my chair when I realized my firefox speed-dial was showing a new headline on your site. Awesomeness on de interwebs has increased exponentially cuz Miss Doxie has faced her monsters, bested them and returned to the world of us mere mortals.

All the best to you, Leigh; sadness that intense has a way of trying to reinstate its reign but know that all however-many-hundreds, nay thousands, of us strangers, lurkers and pseudo-stalkers are pulling for you and praying for you. Depression sucks but it CAN be beaten. Welcome back to the light.

You'll see; Kitty will be a wonderful, though most-likely aloof addition to the family.

AND how, in the name of all that is holy, had you kept this blog secret from the powers-that-be, boss and client, alike, for so long? Seriously?

Posted by: SBethie | October 28, 2009 08:33 PM

yea!!!!! More Bo stories!!! warning- watch out for that cat

Posted by: michelle | October 28, 2009 08:39 PM

from one follow dachshund owner to another .. thanks for coming back.

Posted by: D | October 28, 2009 09:21 PM

so glad to find you again

Posted by: frank | October 28, 2009 09:51 PM

LEIGH! YOU ARE BACK! I HAVE MISSED YOU! I am sincerely happy that you are happy. False happiness is not nearly as awesome as real happiness.

Posted by: Tasha | October 28, 2009 10:44 PM

Also? The About Miss Doxie page looks fine as of this comment.

Posted by: Tasha | October 28, 2009 10:46 PM

Delurking to say I am so happy I checked your blog today. And mainly delurking to say "Hi! I am southern and funny and have problems with depression and totally hide behind my humor". You are not alone missy. Hope your happy tales are truly happy now.

Posted by: sassy | October 29, 2009 12:08 AM

Yay!!! You are an inspiring person and I'm so happy you are back.

Posted by: Beth | October 29, 2009 11:50 AM

I didn't know this blog EXISTED until about a month ago when I randomly clicked on your name in The Cheeky Lotus' blogroll (like I did just now). Then I was bummed that your last post was a year ago. Then I laughed when I read your old archives (I may or may not have spent a WHOLE SHITLOAD OF TIME here).

And now? I'm just so darn happy you're back.

I've missed you for a whole month, dammit!

Posted by: Blondie | October 29, 2009 12:52 PM

You know, I never took your site off my favorites. From time to time I would check it to see if anything new would pop up. I did this for the WHOLE YEAR! I did a double take when I saw the title. I even had to look at the date and I was all, OMG, OMG, a new post!! I'm sooooo happy you're back and in a better place. Yay.

Posted by: Lydia | October 29, 2009 01:19 PM

YEAH!! Congrats on being back.

Posted by: Melissa | October 29, 2009 01:23 PM

I'll just chime in -- what a joy to read a new post on your blog. Here's to new beginnings and all that stuff. Signed, A Fan.

Posted by: Nimble | October 29, 2009 02:07 PM

Leigh, what happened to Pugslie? Nothing bad, I hope.

Posted by: Michelle | October 29, 2009 04:49 PM

I'm so happy you're back!! Your post made me cry, I can relate to what you went through, and I'm glad you're feeling better. Depression is a shitty thing to go through. Can't wait to read many many more posts!

Posted by: B | October 29, 2009 05:16 PM

YAY!!!!
So glad to see you back and thrilled that you are better

Can't wait to keep up with Doxie 3.0

Better you having a cat than me

Posted by: Jennifer R | October 29, 2009 08:48 PM

Mmmmwah!

Posted by: Amy | October 29, 2009 09:03 PM

YAY!!! So glad you are back - now with bonus Kitteh - love the hotpink softpaws! Can't wait to see more posts!!

Posted by: DurtGrrl | October 29, 2009 09:49 PM

Wow! For some randomy random reason, I clicked on your link (still in my favs, btw) and LO! THERE IS A NEW POST! So glad you're back, and even gladder (yeah, I said it...) that you're better! For that is what really matters! :)

Posted by: Liz | October 29, 2009 09:58 PM

I guess the plan of starting with fewer readers might not come to fruition...... :-) Happy to see you back and happy you are happy.

Posted by: Megan | October 29, 2009 10:22 PM

All I can say is... yay!!!

Posted by: Mommyattorney | October 29, 2009 10:56 PM

Hurray, hurrah, and hot diddly damn! You're alive! And you have a kitty! Finally, stories I can relate to! XD

~ A Crazy Cat Lady (who used, good gods, FOUR exclamation points and therefore truly IS crazy)

Posted by: Sam | October 29, 2009 11:31 PM

Yay! You were dearly missed! And now you're back! Yippee! :)

Posted by: Ivie | October 30, 2009 03:07 AM

OMG--you are BACK!!!!! We have something in common now...I have a new dog (chihuahua)...who looks and acts like a cat...so we named her....wait for it....KITTY PUP!!!!!!

Posted by: Barb | October 30, 2009 10:18 AM

Oh my goodness! I've checked back EVERY SINGLE DAY for almost a year, and then a couple of weeks ago I thought, "It's been so long now, she's probably never coming back." And so I stopped checking. Then this morning I just had a weird urge to check back one more time and HERE YOU ARE! I am ridiculously excited....you have made my day. :o)

Posted by: Leigh | October 30, 2009 11:38 AM

YAY! So glad you are back! :) I can empathize with you about your Gimmme drama because I went through health drama with one of my doxies...all is well...but I thought I was going to lose her, as well as my own mind. :) So glad life is better for you and are happily in love. :) Welcome back, Leigh! We missed you!!

Posted by: Robyne | October 30, 2009 12:35 PM

Yay! You're back! I was periodically (maybe once a month or so) clicking my bookmark to your site, only to see it still hadn't been updated, but I never totally gave up on you coming back!

Sounds like you have had a hell of a year, and can't wait to be checking out Doxie 3.0 — go, lady, go!

Posted by: Jen | October 30, 2009 01:12 PM

So glad that your back! And forget the haters - they totally suck.

Posted by: Carley | October 30, 2009 01:14 PM

Welcome back! :)

Posted by: Bec | October 30, 2009 02:35 PM

Miss Doxie, have to share the link to this particular Mad Men prop with you: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20308587_20309881_13,00.html

also: kept hoping you'd come back and very happy that you did. welcome back!

Posted by: azita | October 30, 2009 02:40 PM

You're back! Woot!

Posted by: jlp | October 30, 2009 03:10 PM

Been clicking over here a few times a week out of habit, and some secret hope you were okay, and that you'd be back someday. So happy to find this entry. And very happy to hear you're happy.

Posted by: littlepieceofyoursong | October 30, 2009 06:00 PM

YAY! I am so excited. My husband asked me about your site a while ago (I would share mostly the awesome dog photos with him), and I was so sad to tell him that it had been a while since you updated. So I just showed him your new update with much clapping and squealing. Pretty sure he thinks I'm nuts, but whatevs, YAY. Welcome back!

Posted by: Chataine | October 30, 2009 08:20 PM

Thanks for coming back! I missed your wit. I hope you'll create a brief cartoon depicting the hounds' latest adventure (with extra Kitty).

Posted by: Jill | October 30, 2009 08:49 PM

So happy to see you're back!! I had nearly given up! I haven't read the entry yet, but it sounds like things are better and that is good. YAY!

Posted by: Katie | October 30, 2009 09:01 PM

Okay, I have now read. And I'm so sorry you were going through crappy stuff and being a good hider. I'm glad you're in a happy place now.

Salvage! Salvage! Your posts are awesome; I recently read your mooning post because I needed the laugh. This is important stuff. Happy, escape-y stuff. So I'm glad you're itching again. :) And no. I'm not a stalker--just someone who is glad you're back.

Posted by: Katie | October 30, 2009 09:09 PM

Welcome back Miss Doxie! I'm glad things are going better for you and am looking forward to hearing from you more often now.

Posted by: Colleen | October 30, 2009 09:29 PM

Miss Doxie, Yours is the only stagnant blog I was never able to unbookmark. Welcome back.

Posted by: AF | October 30, 2009 10:15 PM

So glad you're back and especially glad that you're happy! Good for you!

Posted by: Missy | October 30, 2009 10:57 PM

Welcome back! You look so happy - you SOUND so happy!

There isn't much more to say other than I cannot wait for the adventures of Miss Doxie 3.0, starring: Bo.

Truly, Leigh - I'm so glad you're in a better space. You deserve it!

Posted by: ysabelkid | October 31, 2009 09:39 AM

Oh God, it is so good to have you back! And so glad not to see a bunch of russian gobblygook! Woo Hoo. Now I can drink wine and laugh again. I am glad you took the time to take care of yourself and your life, I am equally glad that you will be sharing with us again. And to all the crazy innernet stalkers that brought you down, tell them to suck it.

Posted by: MJF | October 31, 2009 10:24 AM

I re-read your posts every so often when I need an infusion of wit and funny. Glad you're back!

I just lost my 13-year-old weenie, Captain Bo Jangles, so I understand your hysteria. The little suckers get a grip on your heart and won't let go!!

I don't "know" know you, but I am glad you're happy and ready to write. Looking forward to future posts!

Posted by: Tanya | October 31, 2009 10:25 AM

You're back! WELCOME BACK!!! And THANK YOU for being brave enough to talk about being really sad while hiding it all beneath a "happy face" - you're not alone and you give the rest of us hope! Again, welcome back! And LOL to the cat!

Posted by: Anna | October 31, 2009 11:40 AM

I just happened to check in while poking through my bookmarks...and holy baby jeeeebus, YOU'RE BACK!!

It's been an interesting year for everyone (myself included) and I'm so looking forward to hearing about your life now.

MWAH!

Posted by: Dysfunction Junction | October 31, 2009 11:53 AM

Girl, you write when you want, where you want, and what you want. All that matters is that you're OK, but might I say I am happy as all EFF that you're back! YAY for doggies that are OK and Brian, who is a cutie. Much love to you ma'am. Much love and happiness.

Posted by: Sithean | October 31, 2009 09:34 PM

There's absolutely nothing new I can add after the fabulous squeeee! of 400+ others, so I'll just hit the highlights: never gave up, thought of you often and wished you well, haters can suck it and so can depression, the Senator is most definitely hawt, so glad that the menagerie is well...

...Things like this are the best of the internets. Wonderful people writing wonderful, hilarious, truthful, sometimes difficult things, and others wonderful enough to care about the writer they've never met.

Welcome back. You were missed.

Posted by: snarkalupagus | October 31, 2009 09:58 PM

Ok, so I don't have you on a feed, became I'm just not that fancy with computers, which means I just admitted to the internet that I am physically checking your site a year later.

And 2: Any man that will let a dachshund pose on his ass is a keeper.

And C: Isn't Gimmme always playing dead? And Cat? Well...ok. *achoo*

And also? Miss Doxie is back and HAPPY! Halleluyer!

Posted by: VBY | November 1, 2009 02:33 AM

Hark! You are back! I stumbled upon your site sometime last year, and nearly peed my pants laughing at your posts. I bookmarked it, and I have to admit, each day I checked...and as suddenly as you appeared, you were gone. The only consolation I had was that I seemed to not be alone in my sadness and worry about your well being. So glad you are back, happy and healthy. Thanks for sharing your gift of humor with us.

Posted by: ARC | November 1, 2009 03:39 AM

So glad you are back! Had been checking in every few months to just check in and see if you were ok, fun surprise to see you have returned! Yeah for happiness. Yeah for men who make you happy! Congrats!

Posted by: Catherine | November 1, 2009 04:23 PM

I'm so glad you're back. I hope you're well.

I hadn't realised how much I missed your site, and I'd forgotten how much I love your writing.

Posted by: Kate | November 1, 2009 06:37 PM

Oh my God!!! I'm so excited you're back, and let me tell you, I have been in your shoes. Not literally. We probably don't even wear the same size, and that would be, how would I get your shoes in the first place, huh?

What I mean to say is, welcome back! xoxoxoxoxo

Posted by: Geri | November 1, 2009 07:57 PM

Just want to add, as someone who loves dogs and cats and has had (OMG this is embarrassing) about a dozen of each in 30-some years, black and white cats are the smartest and best. I still dearly miss The Emmy Cat, who looks like Kitteth. She was that awesome- awesome enough to have a title. My cat-hating husband was turned around completely by her, she was so great. I bet you anything one day the Kitteth will get to you, too. ;)

Posted by: Minda | November 1, 2009 08:12 PM

Huzzah! And welcome back.

Posted by: Jenni | November 1, 2009 08:56 PM

i am SO glad that you're back and in a good place. and i am SO glad that i continued to have enough hope that you'd be back someday that i kept checking your site every so often...

Posted by: alison | November 1, 2009 09:16 PM

Wooo! It's awesome you're back, and it's even more awesome to realize I had to scroll past 400 some-odd comments so I could post. What a crew of loons you have on your side!

Posted by: ellbee | November 1, 2009 09:40 PM

never commented, but visit often! glad to hear you're healing!

Posted by: Schmea | November 2, 2009 12:48 AM

Lurker here. Thank you for coming back! You are awesome and I love your writing. I kept you on my reader for the whole year and I couldn't believe it when I saw a new entry. Was worried about you, even though don't know you, but still. Thank you so much - you were obviously missed. Putting my lurker disguise back on now.

Posted by: Q | November 2, 2009 01:21 PM

Yayyyyyy Doxie!! Missed your writing and the dogs too. The cat, well meh, whatever!

Posted by: Dee | November 2, 2009 02:34 PM

I just read every single comment and every single comment said the same thing - we're delighted to hear from you - welcome WELCOME back!! Testament to your extremely talented writing that so many people continue to check back (or are advanced enough to add you to their googlereader...what is that? I need one...)

At the same time, please remember there is no pressure. Post when you want to and have time off when you want to. We will look forward to the new posts and when/if you go quiet, we will assume that you're out with the rather lovely looking new man, or playing with your kerayzee dogs (and cat) or kicking bottom in your amazing career... or whatever. And we'll be happy for you.

So pleased to hear you got through the difficult times and hope all continues to go really really well for you.

Posted by: Nikki | November 2, 2009 03:32 PM

Oh THANK GOD! Both that you're ok and that you're back. You were missed. I don't really want to say how much because of the whole stalking perception thing, but a lot. Welcome back.

Posted by: Gypsy | November 2, 2009 04:11 PM

Joining in on the collective squee- SO excited to see you back and Better! Looking forward to Happy Leigh updates.

Also, Kitteh's Soft Paws are awesome (almost overshadowing the fact that cat ownership is occasionally less than awesome).

Posted by: aweso32 | November 2, 2009 04:31 PM

Dear Miss Doxie,

Welcome WELCOME WELCOME!!!! back. I have missed you. I didn't feel entitled or like you owed us anything. I just missed you, so I'm glad you are back. Depression is the pits and I know how much energy it takes to act happy and cheerful. Brian is a very lucky guy!

Posted by: Dianne | November 2, 2009 05:41 PM

YAY!
I had the strangest feeling I should just check one more time today...

Posted by: Tabitha | November 2, 2009 07:35 PM

Oh, please, please, give me time to catch up before you get rid of this blog. I was enjoying it so much, I was reading slowly so I wouldn't get to the end!

Posted by: Norma | November 2, 2009 07:51 PM

OMG, I'm like #493 in the comments so lord knows if you'll even read this, but I'm so glad something made me check your blog. I never had the heart to delete the link even after you hadn't updated in so long. I knew you'd be back someday! I'm so glad you are - and glad you're happy, and that you're starting Doxie 3.0. Welcome back!

Posted by: Mauigirl | November 2, 2009 10:40 PM

Be still my heart!!! Oh Happiness!!!! For everyone!!!! And Bo!!! And Gimmee!!! And the cat!!!! And Brian!!!!

And I'm so happy you are alive and doing better!!!!

(in a totally no stalky way!)

This has TOTALLY made my extremely shitty day!

Posted by: Anne Prince | November 2, 2009 11:19 PM

YAY!!!!

Posted by: jana | November 3, 2009 12:27 AM

Even thoug I am only comment 497 - I am just as happy as everybody else that you are back. This is THE news of the week, and I am very happy to read you are back. I do not mean to brown-nose - but I love your drawings. They are unusual and funny, too!

I wish you all the best. Stay Doxie-sane and keep your head up

Posted by: Jens | November 3, 2009 06:34 AM

Yay!!!! I'm so glad you are back, and doing better..and also, that Gimme is healthy!

WELCOME BACK!!!

{{{HUGS}}}

Posted by: Momcat | November 3, 2009 07:01 AM

I still have my little stuffed doxie that I bought from you...you said it was the first one you ever made. OH and your pins. My fave is the one that says "Short.Brown.Mad"!!! MISSED YOU! Glad you are back!

Posted by: Laurie Jo | November 3, 2009 09:16 AM

Oh I'm so glad you've come back to your blog -- but most especially that you are feeling better! I checked back here occasionally and couldn't believe the rudeness that was going on in the comments. What a strange place the Internet is sometimes. For every weird comment though I bet there were ten people like me who silently wished you well.

And I'm sorry about your sadness before about your relationship. It sounds like you let yourself believe what you wanted to believe, and I just wanted to say that I hope you don't give yourself too hard a time about this, because I did this SOOOOO much in my twenties and early thirties. Lots of my girlfriends did, too.

Anyway, so glad you are happier now. Yay, Doxie!

Posted by: onlyconnect | November 3, 2009 01:49 PM

Yay! I would come check every week hoping to see something new....so glad to see this!!!!

Posted by: Sandy | November 3, 2009 03:11 PM

I just thought I would check here to see if there was anything new. I figured, it's a year now so if there was no update I guess Miss Doxie will really have retired.

I am so excited to see you back and especially happy to see a picture of Bo!

Hope you are going to return often.

Welcome Home!

Posted by: Alison C | November 3, 2009 03:25 PM

So good to have you back! Glad I saved the bookmark and kept checking in every once in awhile. Looks like lots of people have missed you too.

Posted by: Cindy | November 3, 2009 03:59 PM

I just new you would post around the year mark!! I just knew it!! I have been checking every few weeks for this last year, and I am so happy to see you back. Most of all I am happy you are truly happy in your personal life. Lame as it is, I am attached to you in some way, and want the best for you more than I want posts. Congratulations!

Posted by: Kiki | November 3, 2009 06:03 PM

Welcome back ! Delighted that you are in a good place and ready to write again. Many blessings & give those puppies a hug from us in Texas !

Posted by: k8e | November 3, 2009 06:25 PM

That was a brave post. I think we've all been There and There is not a good place to be.
Love your stories and I'm glad you're back!

Posted by: Karyn | November 3, 2009 06:42 PM

Yay! Doxie is back!! We missed you!

Posted by: JES | November 3, 2009 06:58 PM

I don't care that you have been gone so long, I'm just so happy you are back! Looking forward to Doxie 3.0!

Posted by: Dianna | November 3, 2009 07:43 PM

You are a brave and wonderful person.

Congratulations on reaching the other side.

cheri
x

Posted by: cheridan | November 3, 2009 09:51 PM

Omigod! Omigod omigod omigod!!!!

SO excited you are back. I missed reading you so much. I'm sorry things were bad- glad they are better now.

And I have cats and dogs both, and all I can say is....this is gonna be some good reading!!!

Posted by: Stacey | November 4, 2009 12:19 AM

Very brave indeed. So glad you're better. So glad you have love. So glad you have found your voice again. We've missed you.

Posted by: Kim | November 4, 2009 01:26 AM

Welcome back Leigh! I've missed you. Glad all is well with you and the Dogs. One other thing.....you can leave that cat out of the posts and it wouldn't hurt my feelings any. ;)

Posted by: Kristin | November 4, 2009 04:59 AM

I never quite could get out of the habit of checking your site, and I admit I got my hopes up as the anniversary of your last post approached.

I'm glad you're feeling better, because I sure am excited to have you back.

Posted by: Rachel W. | November 4, 2009 09:39 AM

Something tells me a lot more of us stuck around than you were thinking ;)

Posted by: Krystal | November 4, 2009 12:14 PM

glad you're back!

missed your funnies a ton...

glad you're happy

Posted by: the queen | November 4, 2009 02:44 PM

So glad you're back! I promise I'm not creepy or stalkery, even though I never moved you from your place of honor in my bookmarks toolbar. I had faith!

Posted by: Missy | November 4, 2009 04:16 PM

OMFG I am excited! Welcome back :-D I will pretend that I've not been pining for new Bo hilarity for the past year and just squee that the Dox is back.

Posted by: sarawarawoo | November 4, 2009 05:39 PM

Sooo glad you are back!

Posted by: Denise | November 4, 2009 07:03 PM

WOW! I read your site a lot back in the day, but obviously after a few months I stopped checking and yesterday I remembered the story about the geese crossing the street and decided to pop in and you're back! I'm glad that you are back under happier circumstances.

I know the feeling of going through the motions of who I was supposed to be, and I know how amazing it was to come back to the happy place and to not be so goddamn sad all the time. I won't be so vain as to say I know you what you're feeling, but I certainly hope that it is all good to be able to realize that 1) you were sad and 2) you aren't sad anymore. :D I hope to see more from you soon (but if not, that is obviously okay!)

Posted by: Katie | November 4, 2009 08:13 PM

Welcome back! I don't think I huffed and it has been awhile since I've checked in, but I'm delighted to read that your life has taken such a good turn. Whenever you get around to writing, I always eventually come back and find it and I am happy to do so. No pressure.

Posted by: Shawna | November 4, 2009 10:43 PM

WOOOOOHOOOOO! Thrilled to see you (AND BO!!!!!) back!! And so very glad to hear that things are looking up for you.

Posted by: Kathryn | November 4, 2009 11:54 PM

Oh, I'm so glad you're back! I've been in that place, and it's a no fun, very bad place, but I'm happy to hear that you've made your way through it. You've given me many a good laugh on a tough day, so here's to Happy Leigh!

Posted by: Marchelle | November 5, 2009 12:28 AM

oh, leigh! i love you (in a not-creepy internet-friend fellow-hidden-depression-blogger kind of way). i used to blog at jenandandrew.blogspot.com, and then shit met fan, divorce, bla bla bla i'm happy now, too!

i missed you, and bo, and you. welcom back!

AAHHH CORPSE IN THE MAIL CORPSE IN THE MAIL!

hugs,
jen

Posted by: jennifer | November 5, 2009 01:24 AM

Glad to see you back!

Another commenter said this, and I agree. Gimme seems to have had Ideopathic Vestibular Syndrome. My dog had it once. Same symptoms. Scared the bejeebus out of all of us. But then he got better and lived out a full life.

Posted by: Running Budgie | November 5, 2009 02:25 AM

You're back! Yay! You've truly been missed but I'm glad you took the time you needed to heal and all that.

Posted by: pugga | November 5, 2009 10:34 AM

I had heard a rumor you were back. I can totally relate with your year hiatus, as I am also back from one myself. Glad you're back and happy, and the pups are in tact!!

Posted by: Em | November 5, 2009 04:49 PM

Finally!!!

Welcome back :)

Posted by: elisa | November 5, 2009 06:48 PM

528th! And none of the preceding comments were in Russian - I'd say technology is coming back over to your side.

I'm sending you a hug because I don't ever want you to grow up.

Posted by: Holley | November 5, 2009 07:30 PM

You're still on my Favourites list (or Bookmarks as Mozilla likes to call it) and every now and then I take a quick looksee . . . very glad to have checked tonight on a whim! It's good to note that we all go through times like this ourselves and knowing that there are others going through/coming out of these situations helps!

Anyhoo Yay! You're back! Good Luck with the kitty! I'm not sure who destroys more of my stuff . . . my black lab Buddy or my two cats . . . one eats socks, tupperware and cardboard boxes the others toilet paper, paper towels and books . .. :)

Posted by: Robin | November 5, 2009 08:46 PM

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Posted by: Suzy | November 5, 2009 09:00 PM

O! Happy Day! I am so glad to hear you are in your wonderful, happy place. :) And also? I would totally buy every single one of your painings, especially the Peon one. That is my dogs to a T.

Posted by: Tripping Daisy | November 6, 2009 07:14 AM

Holy. Crap. I have no idea what made me type in this address after all this time, but may I say IT IS AWESOME TO HAVE YOU BACK. And the best part? You're a happy Miss Doxie. Thanks for letting us know and keep making with the type-ity.

Posted by: Paige | November 6, 2009 08:52 AM

With 500+ comments I guess you don't need mine as well. However, I couldn't believe it when I saw that there was a new link to click again on my google reader. For what it's worth, you made a Texan giggle. Welcome back! We've missed ya. :)

Posted by: Becky | November 6, 2009 10:34 AM

Welcome back, as stalk... er... fans of your writing, we missed your posts. Good to read you're doing well, and we're looking forward to version 3 dot oh!

Posted by: Beth | November 6, 2009 12:23 PM

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. We've missed you.

Posted by: Ginny | November 6, 2009 02:19 PM

Yeah! Can't wait to hear about the adventures. And of course Bo.

Posted by: Karen | November 6, 2009 02:55 PM

Sooooooo glad that you're back! I kept checking in every once and while and what a true delight to find that you have returned. Thank you for your courage and thank you for telling it how it is. I admire your braveness and so happy to hear that you're doing well. Missed you a lot and am looking forward to your new, amazing adventures!

Posted by: Pam | November 6, 2009 07:20 PM

Oh... missed you tons, Miss Doxie! I'm so glad you're back!

Posted by: Sunwiggie | November 7, 2009 10:30 AM

Well, all I have to say is: YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Welcome back.

Posted by: joaaanna | November 7, 2009 10:41 AM

So glad you're back!! I was one of those frea--er wonderful people who checked every week! Looking forward to new stories!

Posted by: Vanessa | November 7, 2009 11:19 AM

(b) smack the everloving shit out of me and tell me to grow the hell up, fashion a spine, and incidentally, JESUS CHRIST, GROW THE HELL UP.

Yes. =o)

But...I'll tell you this: I love your writing. I just love it. It is witty as hell, snappy, and--incidentally--I can read between the lines.

Sing some R.E.M.: "...everybody cries, sometimes."

It is DAMNED good to read some more of your musings. Miss Doxie? You a queen!

=o)

Posted by: Adaminty-Calamity | November 7, 2009 02:09 PM

so, my husband and i were talking and i mentioned that i was much happier because i quit reading all of those mommy blogs that make me feel inferior in so many ways and how i've found new things to read online. he says to me, he says, "what about that funny bitch in the south (? are you even IN the south?!) that you used to read out loud to me and we'd laugh our asses off?" and i KNEW it had something to do with dogs and we finally figured out what KIND of dogs and he said MISS DOXIE! so i googled you and ... wow. it's sorta like fate, yes, miss doxie? ;)

my heart broke when i read the entry before this (because i needed history) and then broke and healed all over again with this most recent entry. as a girl who is in love, madly, with a boy, i have to tell you - a virtual stranger - how happy i am for you to be given the same thing. i hope for many many years of silly happiness and less cats. :D

i'm happy my husband remembered. and i'm happier even yet that you came back. that you found a reason TO come back. and that you have a life that you're happy to live when you roll out of bed every day.

Posted by: sara | November 7, 2009 04:35 PM

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and again i say YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i knew that keeping you in my favs would eventually pay off.

Posted by: Teri M. | November 7, 2009 06:14 PM

I **KNEW** you´d come back to us someday!!!!

Doing the happy dance right now.

You´ve been missed. The internet is a better place with you in it :).

Welcome back.

Posted by: Magda | November 7, 2009 07:33 PM

Oh, Miss Doxie! Yay! You're here!! YAY! Brian looks adorable...and you must really love him or why the hell else would you have a CAT?!

Yay for happy Leigh!!!

Posted by: Melissa O in DC | November 7, 2009 09:11 PM

Welcome back! Hi Brian ... Nice to meet you finally! Looking forward to many more new posts Leigh! Even tho you have a cat :(

Posted by: Dree | November 7, 2009 09:32 PM

Oh man I'm so happy you're back. And I hope that from now on, when you seem happy, you're actually happy.

Posted by: mtb | November 7, 2009 11:53 PM

YAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! You've been gone far too long, but I'm happy things are better for you now. Can't wait to read more!!!!

Posted by: Nikki | November 8, 2009 08:40 AM

YAY! I checked your site once a month or so, hoping for a new post and always being sad because it was the same, but not today! So glad you're in a better state of mind. now bring on those puppies! (and kitty!)

Posted by: Rachel | November 8, 2009 03:43 PM

Yea! I'm so happy no doggies died. It's so nice to have you back. We love you no matter what state of mind you may be in. Also, yea for paintings!

Posted by: Amanda Foote | November 9, 2009 01:55 PM

Yeah! Welcome back, and so glad to hear that you're in a happy place!

Posted by: Karen | November 9, 2009 11:23 PM

SO! GLAD! to SEE YOU AGAIN!!!

Congrats on your newfound happiness, Leigh, and thank you for coming back to share the love with us. You're worth the wait!!

:)

Posted by: Leah | November 10, 2009 12:57 AM

OMG Life b good, Miss Doxie is back with a side order of Azrael Kitteh. Missed you, girl. Glad you found Brian and all is well, or at least... better. Totally, totally worth the wait. Your hard core groupies are still here. (OMG, you have GROUPIES!!! SQUEEE!!!) xoxo and glad Gimme did not end up in a box.

Posted by: Duchie's Mom | November 10, 2009 10:06 AM

Hullo!! And welcome back!
Hip hip hooray for 3.0 and happy Miss Doxie :-)

Posted by: ashleycita | November 11, 2009 09:29 AM

Welcome back! I'm a little late sharing my sentiments, but I just decided to check back today, randomly, to see if maybe you were around. And ta da! Here you are! I too had to take a break from blogging for awhile and am glad that one of my original bloggers is back in the game!

Posted by: Andrea | November 11, 2009 02:55 PM

I missed you. I missed Bo. But most of all I missed GIMME. What is it about that wonderful doggie that makes me want to wrap him in my arms and just nuzzle him until he is limp with enjoyment? You don't understand the profound effect you have had on me - I have always been a cat person. Always. Then I started giggling over the stories of your crowd of doxies and decided dogs might be fun to enjoy. My friend Joyce has 2 Shih Tzus and the male, Andy, is my absolute beloved. I go to Joyce's house and that little dog RUNS into my arms! Guess I give a good tummy rub. My sister's 2 dogs (85 pound pit bull Zeus - big wussie dog - and 40 pound Harley the Corgi mix) are just the "bestest little buddies on the planet" and so here I am - in dog-lover heaven. And yes, I now keep dog treats in my car! Ah well.

Welcome back. Glad you are finally having some happiness. I recognized all that frantic joviality and was a tad worried. But you're too smart and too strong to be down for too long. You are loved - and that's in spite of you being an attorney.

Posted by: Gayle Miller | November 11, 2009 03:07 PM

This means I can stop by more than once a month? Yay. Glad you're back, kid!

Posted by: Sara | November 11, 2009 08:39 PM

Oh Miss Doxie, I am so glad you are back. I found your site only about 6 months ago, and I talked about it to everyone I knew. I still haven't read all of your posts but almost...I am glad you are back, and so happy....Brian is a hottie, nicely done girl :)

Posted by: Tenna | November 12, 2009 01:47 PM

Yay. Just yay! yay! yay! I knew you would come back to us!!

Posted by: Lizarita | November 13, 2009 02:41 PM

So glad you are back!

Posted by: Tonya | November 14, 2009 11:10 AM

The Big Apple (NYC) and all the girls here up north welcome you back! We have been reading you since 2006 and are now celebrating your return!

Posted by: Wendy | November 14, 2009 10:37 PM

SOOOOOO Glad to see you again!

Posted by: Sheila | November 15, 2009 11:56 AM

I'm so happy you are back and happy! Thank you for returning, your posts always make me smile (and laugh a lot and cry sometimes) meaning you are one hell of a writer. Sorry for all the gushing but I'm really glad you returned

Posted by: Ana | November 15, 2009 03:18 PM

So glad you're back and so happy you're happy!

Posted by: Ellen | November 16, 2009 01:47 PM

Great to see you back! Your posts are as awesome and humorous as always!

Posted by: Infrared | November 16, 2009 11:44 PM

Oh thank Jesus!! So glad you're back and now I'm posting this link on my facebook page so you're gonna have a whole bunch more cool people who will LOVE you as much as I do!! Take care babe.

Posted by: Sara | November 17, 2009 07:45 PM

i have checked in over here about 3-4 times in the last year, not expecting much but always hopeful.

good to see you and the dogs back again. i have been thinking about bo pooping in the backseat lately because my boyfriend and i have been cruising pet shops and animal shelters for dogs. i wonder what horrors our dog will wreak upon our furniture/car? hmmm...

like i said, good to see you posting again, even sometimes.

Posted by: erin daisy | November 17, 2009 11:52 PM

So glad you are back! I miss hearing about Gimme and Bo. Don't be hating on that sweet cat now. They can be just as lovable if given a chance! What does Bo think of Mrs. Kitteh?

Posted by: shelly | November 18, 2009 07:22 PM

I've been where you were - it takes time to heal, even when we don't want to admit that we're broken. Glad you're back, I've checked here off and on for the past year, always hopeful. Glad to hear you have found the real love of your life, may you and Brian have many happy years together.
Give the pups a good belly rub and scratch the cat behind the ears for me.
Take care and God bless.

Posted by: Kelly from St. Louis | November 19, 2009 09:47 AM

I am SOOO happy you came back!! I just randomly found your blog a couple of years ago, and I check it all the time because I love it! :) And, I'm glad you took that break; you needed it. I feel like I knew that something bad had happened, and I got worried for awhile, but I always knew you'd write again! :)

Posted by: Emma from VA | November 20, 2009 05:30 PM

Welcome back, sweetie!

Posted by: Leslie | November 21, 2009 01:14 PM

Of COURSE we all still check! And everyone goes through something like you do. Not exactly, not situationally the EXACT SAME. But we do all understand, and we'd never abandon you, Leigh. We were all here, just patiently waiting. Welcome home. :)

Posted by: Jennifer from Walnut Creek, CA | November 21, 2009 02:42 PM

Late to the party as usual..but glad your back an found a happy again!!

Posted by: Miz | November 21, 2009 06:10 PM

Would you believe I deleted your feed from my RSS reader like only 4 weeks ago. But something told me to google you & lo & behold you've posted!

Yay! Life's journey is an amazing thing.

And also being able to appear socially ept when on the inside you're dying.

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!! (from beautiful Perth, Western Australia, just if you're wondering)

Posted by: Jane | November 23, 2009 07:49 AM

Woooheee! She's back she's back!!!

As is Gimme, and a cat! Damn, I love me a cat who's willing to eat my lungs right out of my bodeh.

As the 700th or so commenter (and a first time commenter though I lurked for-fucking-evah), you probably will never see this, but I'm just so thrilled - you have no idea.

Welcome back!

Posted by: Jazz | November 24, 2009 10:35 AM

WHOOOOO FUCKIN' HOOOOO!!!

You're BACK!!!!

For someone I've never met who I totally adore, I checked back often and kept checking back. And sent out good vibes (and said a prayer or two) and now voila, you are back.

And the blogosphere rejoices :-)

Posted by: Kath | November 24, 2009 09:13 PM

Oh, YAY! I was just thinking, "What ever happened to old whats-her-name", so I logged on and WOW!! I'm so glad you're back because you totally make me belly-laugh. I always knew you wouldn't be complete until you got a cat (I have two, which makes me super-complete), so congratulations on finding happiness.

Posted by: dgm | November 25, 2009 11:11 AM

Hey, it's just an hour shy of midnight here on the day before Thanksgiving and already I am finding amazing things to be thankful for! So glad you're posting again. Finding a new Miss Doxie post was always a highlight of my day. Thanks for sharing what you're up to, so glad you're happy and well. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Posted by: suz | November 26, 2009 01:57 AM

I was sitting here reading some of my favourite blogs and it was my 14 year old son who said, "What ever happened to Miss.Doxie?". That woman, is a HUGE compliment. At almost 15 years of age the boy hardly remembers ANYTHING, but he remembered YOU. So glad you are back!!

Posted by: Brighton | November 28, 2009 09:03 AM

YAY! I am overjoyed that you are back and happy! You were truly missed.
Schnuggle the doxies for me.

Posted by: Lori Peterson | November 30, 2009 01:59 AM

I am SO HAPPY you're back! I just kept reading over the last post about Cookie and the Geese (Because the post about Mr. Phil made me cry...)

Just want to say: WELCOME BACK!!!! Missed you SO MUCH! Reading this post has officially made my day so much happier!

P.S. Really happy to hear you finding your happiness. :) KEEP IT UP!

Posted by: Sheepie | November 30, 2009 08:13 AM

....I, too, have never posted on the site before...(OK writing this I now feel like one of those people you hear on the radio who say "First Time Caller" when they call into a radio show, and you are thinking from your car "WHO CARES " ha ha ....)

...anyway, I was sooo happy when I randomly checked the site (to re-read some prior stories for a chuckle) and I'll-be-darned!! saw (unexpected) 2009 activity!!

....WELCOME BACK and keep the fun stories coming!! Wishing continued happiness and smiles to all members of 'weiner dog cults' all over the world :)

p.s. cat? what's a cat?? ha ha

Posted by: Pickygirl | December 4, 2009 03:58 PM

Not that you'll make it all the way down to the 583rd comment, but I'm so glad you're back. I kept checking every so often. Thank you for making me smile, sorry to hear that you were so sad behind all those posts.

Can't wait to read all the new fun stories you're sure to have, spun in your uniquely hilarious way!

Posted by: Kelly | December 4, 2009 06:21 PM

Leigh,

I've been reading your life stories for AGES, and am so glad you made it back.
HUGE congrats on all the happiness! xYou are truly, truly adored here!
xoxox

Posted by: Jolene | December 4, 2009 08:37 PM

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