|On the morning of August 3rd, 2001 Shadow died. He went peacefully. He was like a meteorite in our lives: his ten years was a brief, bright presence and now he's gone. We look in the places where he was and he's not there. His big, bright spirit brought a richness to our lives and our hearts - and now leaves us with a deep sadness.
- Jeffrey & Maddi
click here to see Shadow's brief slide show.
I travelled with them from South Africa to Canada. That was hard: staying in my travel box all those hours on the plane. I had the longest pee of my life when I got off in Los Angeles. Then, when we first arrived in Canada, seeing my first snow - whoohoo! With my thick coat, I'm built for that stuff. The first couple of months in our new home in 100 Mile House was tough. We all stayed together in one room. I like to have territory I can call my own! It was a relief when we moved to a little cabin that had a backyard of its own.
I made many friends during that time - human and canine. I also made sure that none of those coyotes got too close to our house, or to us. Jeffrey got quite nervous one day when I faced off against five of them. Now we're in a house that has lots of space. I've learnt to chase the squirrels from the bird-feeder and leave the birds alone. That was hard at first. After all I have bird-dog in my blood.
I SHOOT BLANKS
- Shadow. 2001.
The moment he receives this small recognition,
In the inarticulate animal world,
Has seen him for whom
That object of a free outpouring of love
When I see that dumb heart
The wistful anxiety in his mute gaze
It directs me to the true meaning of man in the universe.
Paul M Howey: Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards
Chris Czajkowski: Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog A city dog's life in the British Columbia wilderness.
Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Poems (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics). Some of his poems.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs. How dogs feel.
Juliette de Baraicli Levy: The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat. A classic of natural healing for dogs (mostly).
Mary L Brennan, DVM: The Natural Dog : A Complete Guide for Caring Dog Lovers
and, if these don't interest you, take a look at this broad selection of dog books.
LinksFreckles' Friends - A certified pet therapy dog with a remarkable story
Noah's Wish - Rescuing and sheltering animals in disasters
What makes a good dog food.
The Dog Hause - A playground for pets and pet lovers
. . . and then, one day, Tinga arrived.
by Michael Jurogue Johnson, born with Down syndrome and an inherited artistic talent. To see more of his dog paintings, click on the picture.
I hope if dogs ever take over the world and they choose a king, they don't just go by size,
because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.
- Jack Handey.
Photo: Patrick Schneider, Charlotte Observer
An award-winning photographer, Schneider was fired by the Charlotte Observer for manipulating an image.
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