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A form of decay in which wood becomes soft and weak and has a dull lifeless appearance.
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In fact, he has received nearly a dozen e-mails from a 16-year-old girl who felt emotionally abandoned by her hard-working father, who also doted on an older daughter.
Bubbles was doted on by the Bad singer, who adopted him in 1983.
Comedienne Joan Rivers, 75, also recalled Natasha as an "amazing and darling" and fondly remembered her love for her husband Liam Neeson, who totally doted on her.
There is Moppet, the cocker spaniel who comforted an awkward little girl; Della the bighearted Great Dane, who both doted on and defended her youthful mistress; Timber, the quarter-wolf hybrid who amazed everyone who saw her; Boo the Rottweiler, who unfortunately lived up to his breed's dangerous potential; the self-absorbed Miss Daisy, a cocker spaniel bought for the author's daughter; and lastly Ty1er, the all-loving, highly intelligent Bernese Mountain Dog who continues to share life with Pregosin and her family.