Hungry and happy.
One ear up, one ear down.
Developing his palate
Not quite old enough to drink yet, but he knows what good is.
Dumpling and my wife Adri
His first time at a restaurant. He was well-behaved.
Is that comfortable?
His greatest strength was his ability to nap no matter what position he was in.
See what I mean?
Dumpling never went a day without making a new friend. Here he is at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party last year with a brand new buddy.
This is his, "I've done something wrong but I won't admit it until you figure out what it is" face.
Ok, so Dumpling's not married into the family, but what do you call the sister of the owner?
My right front foot was hot. You have a problem?
He's good with the dogs
Dumpling and his bestest canine buddy, Biscuit.
I did good?
I can haz cheezburger now?
Dumpling made Adri go back and change so that their outfits would match.
With some family
Dumpling with Adri and her father, visiting from Colombia.
OMG I LOVE IT WHEN MOMMY FLIPS ME UPSIDE DOWN RUB MY BELLY RUB MY BELLY!!!
Remind me again: why did I want to steal all those potato chips?
Dumpling and my dad
Yes, Dumpling gets along with the whole family.
Dumpling with my sister
Her nose tastes almost as good as turkey. Almost.
Dumpling put on his fanciest vest so that he could hopefully participate in our wine tasting. Sorry buddy, strict humans-only policy at this bar.
Yes, that dog is bigger than you, Dumpling
He always thinks he's on the top of the dog heap. (That big guy is actually his bed.)
I WANTS I WANTS I WANTS!!! Maybe I can hypnotize them with my googly eyes into jumping into my mouth.
Tacos de Dumpling
The tastiest in town.
Another outtake from the Twelve Days of Dumpling. You're not fooling anyone, Mr. Pling.
Does it fit?
Dumpling, getting ready for his big debut as a ketchup bottle.
Whatchoo lookin' at?
Yes, I'm talking to you.
What the, get it off me!
WHOARGHHH!!! I'VE GROWN WEIRD TENTACLES! GET IT OFF ME GET IT OFF ME!
Turkey? Yes please.
I'll have dark meat. Or white meat. Or, who am I kidding? JUST GIMME TURKEY NOW!!!
I've had a rough day. Don't try and cheer me up.
Why can't I sit at the table?
Just gimme some turkey and I promise I'll stop drooling!
Yes, Kenji, I own you.
We both know who's in charge here.
Another family portrait.
This is all of us in Central Park, about 5 minutes before Dumpling fell into an ice cold pond because he thought a dead leaf was a hot dog.
I am well aware that the leash is around my foot. I have chosen to ignore it, thank you very much.
ICE CREAM ICE CREAM PEANUT BUTTER PEANUT BUTTER AND BISCUIIIIIIIITTTTTSSSSS!!! I LOOOOOOVE THE SHAKE SHACK!!! (and my little coat too).
Dumpling, at the annual Serious Eats Cookie Swap, biting the ear off of the Dumpling-shaped cookies that Auntie Erin baked for him.
You call that a pizza?
I'm sorry, but I only eat Neapolitan pies... ok, I'll have a bite.
Who's got my legs?
KENJI KENJI!! ARE THOSE TWO HAMS YOU'RE HOLDING IN YOUR HANDS? GIMME A BITE I WANT I WANT I WANT!!! WHY CAN'T I WALK? I JUST WANT A BITE OF THOSE HAMS!!!
My two favorite creatures in the whole wide world.
Beautiful, ain't they?
More rubs please.
Auntie Erin knows what's up.
Time for dessert?
I don't care what you do to me. I will sign any contract you like. As long as I can have some of that pie.
Dumpling is my greatest critic: I can always tell how good what I'm cooking is by measuring the drool train coming out of his jowls.
I'm practicing my pathetic-puppy-dog-eyes face. Have I got it down yet?
Yes, Dumpling. Yes you have.
What a hard life it is.
Sometimes I just feel a little down in the dumps and there's nothing I can do except curl up on top of the couch and give the world my sad eyes.
What did I do to deserve this?
Do you really have to take a picture of me in a grass skirt? Really?
Another day at the office.
What? Isn't it normal for the Overlord of the company to hold its Chief Financial Officer in his lap?
A common predicament.
Ok. I'm down here, but the food is up there. What can I do? Think Dumpling, think! Buhhhhhh...
My bestest little buddy.
This is how I will always remember him—happy, smiling, playful.
In the great outdoors.
On his first camping trip, happy as ever.
And as usual...
He's just as good at sleeping outdoors as he is inside.
I'm on a boat.
Yeah, I'm amphibious. And?
What, you wanna shake?
I'll shake I'll lie down I'll sit I'll do all of them at the same time JUST GIVE ME THAT PIZZA PLEASE!!!!!
His favorite pose.
This is what Dumpling looked like 75% of the time, and what he looked like the last time I ever saw his body.
Our last photo together.
Adri snapped this one of us right after we'd finished a brief pizza tour of SoHo. We were both happy with our pizza, and happy just to be with each other.
Good bye, little buddy. I hope there's plenty of pizza wherever you are right now.