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Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

A story of losing a pet touches readers' hearts, tips for gardening inspire at-home projects, and more.

Get Growing

I always loved Dave Epstein’s stories on gardening and plant life when he was on Channel 5 as a meteorologist, so I was very happy to see his article in the Globe Magazine (“Brighten Things Up With a Container Garden,” June 14). Nature, ecology, and weather are all connected, and being mindful of that will help us to take better care of our world.

Susan Baxter, Plymouth

Thanks, Dave! I’m off to the nursery!

7continents, posted on bostonglobe.com

I love my summer flowerpots and container gardens. Geraniums are my personal favorite. The beautiful pink (or red) blooms are abundant and reliable as long as they get plenty of sunshine and water. They mix well with other flowers and add height and interest.

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Mom37, posted on bostonglobe.com

Much Love for Licorice

As an animal lover and veterinary technician for 20 years, I was struck by how both sweet and sad this Connections was (“Licorice Won,” June 14). It never ceases to amaze me how our canine companions always know exactly how to comfort us when we need it the most. The bond author Mark Pothier and his wife, Elizabeth, shared with Licorice was an incredible gift to all three of them.

Annemarie Donahue, Edgartown

It was startling when I opened Globe Magazine to the last page. “It’s Sally,” I cried out to my husband with a tear in my eye. We lost Sally on April 9; she would have been 15 next month. I have been going for longer walks during this pandemic and everyone wondered where my companion had gone. I’m still not sure if having to tell people and receiving sympathy was a help. I asked complete strangers if I could pet their dogs, realizing how much I needed that.

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Joan Berlin, Needham

Please, Mark Pothier, give that life to another wonderful dog. Our shelters are overflowing.

Liz Hirschfeld, Hampstead, New Hampshire

These animals are a huge part of our lives, which is precisely why it’s so hard to let them go. Four weeks ago we lost our beloved Casey after 14-plus years. Similar to Licorice, he was doing so well and then quickly he left us. Of course that was very good for Casey, but not so much for us. While I work from home, I miss his presence. I miss his reminder for me to take a break to go outside, or go get the paper or the mail. He’s never far from my mind. I think the author is right, it will never be the same but someday it will be OK.

Lynda Kelly, Sterling

We just recently had to put our 14½-year-old Australian Labradoodle, Monty, down. He was pure comfort and joy during this pandemic. My husband lost his best friend; he truly was family. We are forever grateful with the pandemic as both my grown kids were home the last months of Monty’s life, instead of a revolving door of them being in and out with their busy lives.

Mary Khederian, Westford

My tears are flowing. Just today, the vet came to the house to put down my precious goldendoodle granddog, Damon. We were lucky to have had him 15 years and two months. On your way past Licorice’s bowl, whisper to him to look for Damon, the dude with the white hair. They’ll be great pals.

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Carol McNeil, Reading

Licorice won. And so did Pothier. And so did all of us who got to read his column. We lost our 18-year-old old black cat, Leo, last July Fourth, which is our wedding anniversary. He was more of a dog and followed us everywhere. Each time I opened the door coming home I banged into his nose. He never learned but I always felt bad. I share Pothier’s pain.

Peter J. Atkinson, Salem

Notes on Etiquette

I usually feel simpatico with Miss Conduct’s advice, but this time (“No Thank You,” June 21)? I have to agree with D.E. from Boston: I do NOT think that it is old-fashioned to give a proper thank you for a gift received, and I do NOT think a Facebook message or a text is a proper thank you, either. If I, or D.E. from Boston, or anyone else, has taken the time and effort to give a gift, then I believe it is expected to receive a proper thank you in return. These traditions should not be allowed to go by the wayside because of the times in which we live. If anything, these connections should now be valued as more important than ever.

Ann Marie Wright, North Reading

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