In Memory of Duncan

I have some sad personal news: my family dog Duncan died Monday after battling cancer. He spent 11.5 years being the best creature in the universe, and he has left behind a legacy of love, joy, goodness, and goofiness.

Here are 10 things the museum world can learn from Duncan’s life:

  1. Visit lots of new places, including national parks and battlefields. Go on adventures.
  2. Greet your visitors warmly. Make them feel welcome. Give them a big smile.
  3. Sniff every object to learn more about it.
  4. Help families and friends have meaningful experiences together.
  5. One man’s trash is another creature’s treasure.
  6. Food brings people together.
  7. Show your enthusiasm.
  8. Get plenty of rest so you can be ready when something important happens.
  9. Be alert; be ready to protect people and objects from threats such as squirrels, inflatable yard decorations, and open garages.
  10. Use all your capacity for good in the world.
Duncan at Deep Creek Lake State Park

Duncan at Deep Creek Lake State Park

You will never be forgotten, Duncan! Thank you for everything. I love you.


About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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