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Goodbye Lucky ‘Biner

We’ve been together for 14 long years, attached at the hip since college. A dozen times a day, I reach down to give you a little pat and make sure you’re still there, always by my side. I never leave the house without you and when I lose sight of you, I panic.

You are my trusty carabiner. Holder of my keys, safety back up for all my dog outings, my loyal companion. I’ll never forget the day I bought you (with my employee discount) from the Ramsey Outdoor Store. I had no idea then, but you were to become one of my luckiest, most favorite tools for working with dogs.

Today, after many weeks of trying to ignore the signs that you were starting to slow down – getting stuck open, not snapping closed fast enough, totally silver with no traces of your old cobalt blue coating – you finally told me it was time to let you go.

For the first time in 14 years, you got stuck slightly open and I lost a set of my client’s house keys. It would have been irresponsible of me to continue making you work.

So, with a heavy heart, I bought a new carabiner and retired you to my desk drawer. This new guy isn’t the same. My keys don’t slide around him smoothly and, every time I have to shake the keys into place, so that I can clip the newbie onto my belt loop, I think of you old pal. No one did it better than you.

Thank you for an awesome 14 years lucky ‘biner. You were a dog walker’s dream.

My Lucky ‘Biner 1998-2012

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17 Comments
  1. I was literally terrified to read this! Sorry for your loss!

    July 24, 2012
    • No, we need a break from all the serious stuff for a bit! Thank you for your sympathies : )

      July 24, 2012
  2. Nicole E. #

    I just had to post to say that I have that *exact* same ‘biner. Also bought in an outdoors store here in the Twin Cities. Mine too is quite silver, though I think has a touch more cobalt still than yours. In fact, for fun, I had to take a picture of it: http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/5442/20120724155945221.jpg

    July 24, 2012
    • Whoa – neat! That’s my ‘biner’s long lost cousin, no doubt about it. Thanks for sharing the photo with me. That’s amazing!

      July 24, 2012
  3. Jennifer #

    Unsolicited product review:

    I love this product. I have a bunch of sizes and use them for all sorts of things. I’ve only had mine for less than five years, and they haven’t seen constant use, so I can’t comment on whether they’d match the excellent record of your trusty pal.

    But I thought I’d share my enthusiasm.

    http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page.aspx?p=61609&cat=2,2260,33144&ap=1

    July 24, 2012
  4. Biners are Da Bomb!

    July 24, 2012
  5. meredithsterling #

    So sorry for your loss!! I’m recommending that you take some quiet time when you can and think about setting up a little altar / sacred space to honor the ‘biner’s memory. Hard to know what kind of candle to recommend, though…

    You are hysterical. Thanks!

    July 25, 2012
  6. Last year I found some of these at my hardware store, only way more sturdy. They’ve revolutionized my key organization 🙂 I just label the actual keys and the only plastic tag on the chain is a “reward if found” tag.

    http://tinyurl.com/clqfruu

    July 26, 2012
    • ooooh. pretty! thankfully, my keys are coded (no names or streets), so they can’t be identified as my client’s keys, if lost. But good call on the “reward” idea. nice!

      July 26, 2012
      • oh same here! i have the reward tag to save me the hassle and $ of replacing them all should i be stupid enough tot lose every single key 🙂

        July 26, 2012
        • Oh no – that would only happen if your ‘biner had a total meltdown ; )

          July 26, 2012
  7. HERMAN'S HOPE #

    Carabiners are very important.

    July 29, 2012
  8. HERMAN'S HOPE #

    Great visual aids, btw

    July 29, 2012
  9. HERMAN'S HOPE #

    How’s the new ‘biner working for ya?

    August 6, 2012
    • I’m finally getting used to it ; )

      August 6, 2012
      • HERMAN'S HOPE #

        Good. Geting used to new things is hard for me, I don’t even like buying new clothes. You could probably see that with one look in my closet!

        August 6, 2012

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