|Man's Best Friend
Canine who have graced my life
|LEFT: Her papers said her name was
"Mark's Beloved Virginia Girl"
but she was mainly called Mutt.
Mutt the Third that is.
Later in life she also answered to "Boodoo".
June 11 1993 - January 6 2006
|RIGHT: The cycle continues.
Laughter triumphs over tears.
She is Mutt the Fourth and came
to also be known as "Midiboo."
|Mutt the First with my
sister Linda. This
picture was taken in
late Summer 1981.
|I pity the man who's never known the love of a dog. Next to a loving family, good health, and freedom, nothing else
on this Earth compares. I am fortunate in this respect as I've loved and been loved by more than my share of
canine. In 1963 when I was about a year old, my dad brought home a Cocker Spaniel puppy . Black and with a tiny
bump of a tail, "Dutchess", or usually just plain Dutch, was always there in my childhood. When I was six or so and
old enough to play alone in the fenced in back yard, I would get Dutch from her pen and run and play. She was loyal
to a fault and many were the hours that we played hide and seek. I'd hide and she would make every widening
circles with her nose to the ground in search of her young master. Dutch lived to be more than 14 years old and I
am ashamed to say that in her last months she got less attention from her now teenaged master than she deserved.
Her back end got weak and finally useless and the end came on a cold day in February 1978. At left is a snapshot of
Dutch and I during the Summer of 1972. I was 9, she was 8 and already turning gray.
|"Sadie" was a Bassett Hound that my sister Sharon bought as a puppy in about 1972. Sadie had a large appitite
and just as big a heart. She was a gentle sweet dog who loved to play tug of war with a rag or whatever was handy.
She and I had a game where we would "fight" and then I'd pretend she was too much for me and I'd go into the
fetal position and beg her to not eat me alive. She'd stop until I moved, at which point we would start the game all
over. Sadie had a BIG voice and if you heard her without seeing her you would have thought she was a Great
Dane. Sadie died sometime in the early 1980's. At right she is about 6 months old and all ears and feet.
Born February 14 2006