In the fall of 2009, we moved to our favorite and final neighborhood in Brooklyn—Carroll Gardens, full of old-school Italians, beautiful brownstones, awesome bars + restaurants, and regular visitors in the forms of squirrels + birds (the latter of which Allister very much appreciated, window-side). On the very first day of that next year, we also added a kind, outgoing pup—Owen—to our family.

We met so many great, new friends in our four years in Carroll Gardens and will always hold this neighborhood near and dear to our hearts. It took the massive pull of southern California to even make us vaguely consider leaving that life behind, but, eventually, we did. Before we left though, Allister enjoyed many a sun-drenched day in our windows watching the world go by and making that weird, chirpy sound at birds outside.

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