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An ode to wonderful Moxie

March 11, 2012
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

I write to you today with a great deal of sadness.

Moxie, our Dalmatian, was 15 years old and succumbed to age and infirmity on Feb. 27.

She was an absolutely wonderful dog and also a bit of a celebrity.

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Moxie is shown celebrating her 15th birthday last September at Caroga Lake.
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Back when I was a board member at Fulton County Big Brothers Big Sisters, Channel 13 TV in Albany featured her with one of our waiting littles in their "Monday's Child" segment.

For many years Chris Kopostasy Jansing, now the anchor of MSNBC's Jansing and Company, did the Ch. 13 Monday's Child, then John Gray, who now anchors FOX-23 News, did it and finally Kumi Tucker did segments until the station stopped doing them. I'm not sure which anchor worked with Moxie on that segment.

Since I became a TV 10 Weather Watcher with Chief Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo, Moxie has appeared in several weather photos for Steve's evening weather report. Steve even sent condolences when he was notified of her passing.


My thoughts are with you you shared many beautiful pics of Moxie with me enjoying the outdoors and the lake. I am so sorry . she had a wonderful life!

Keep the chin up and remember all the wonderful memories.


Moxie had a checkered past. She was originally an AKC registered Dalmatian with the full name of "Pram's Foxie Moxie," but when the owner was hurt in a snowmobiling accident, she was sold and unfortunately mistreated by an interim owner. Then a friend of the original owner, Kevin, rescued her and since he and his fianc Sherry, who was an aide of mine at the time, already had another dog, they thought Moxie would be perfect for us.

Since I had never had a dog, always having been a cat person, I at first resisted getting Moxie. But Herman, more of a dog person, wore me down.

During one of the first trips we took with Moxie to Albany Airport to pick up Herman's daughter, Moxie gingerly crept up on my lap and rode all the way there in my arms until I too bonded with her.

Although untrained, Moxie was so intuitive that when I dropped the phone on the floor, she picked it up in her mouth and set it on my lap. Once, when I had gotten too much sun and drooped over in my wheelchair, she boosted me back up with her shoulder.

She was always nurturing, protective and watchful on my and Herman's account. And of course, nobody loves you like your dog.

Moxie is sorely missed.

I enclosed a picture of Moxie on our beach when she turned 15 last Sept. wearing her "Aquadog" flotation jacket.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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