Meghan Daum has been a weekly opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times since 2005. She is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report. Her third book, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a non-fiction work about real estate obsession, will be published in 2010. She lives in Los Angeles.
May 17, 2013
We got another dog right away. That wasn't the plan. But back in March, less than two weeks after Rex died and when I still had faint bruises from digging my fingers into my forehead amid uncontrollable sobs, I signed us up to "foster" a Saint Bernard mix that had been rescued from a crack den.