Archive for August, 2009

Our first anniversary

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

A year ago today I brought Alex home. He was ten weeks old. The night before I picked him up, I could hardly sleep, wondering what I was getting into. But it’s been a wonderful experience to watch him grow up and see his personality develop. He’s turning into a wonderful companion. I’m thankful that he and Emily were together before she passed away in February. It feels like a passing of the torch. May we have many happy and healthy years together.

Alex on the deck

Alex on the deck

Dog Daze in Marshall, NC

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

During the summer the town of Marshall, NC, a small town on the French Broad River, hosts French Broad Fridays once a month. Shops, artist studios, and galleries are open late and the main street is filled with pedestrians, kids on skateboards and bikes, and dogs on leashes as the town turns out for a night of festivities. Each month the evening’s events have a different theme, and this past Friday it was Dog Daze. Activities included paint your own dog dish in a pottery studio, open house at Friends of Madison County Animals, and Pet-i-cures at a nail salon. The highlight of the evening was the dog contests, with prizes for the largest dog (won easily by a harlequin great dane), smallest dog (a yorkie mix), best trick, best costume, dog/owner look alike, and dog with the longest tail. After deliberating between the great dane and a daschund, the judges decided that the criteria would be “longest tail relative to size of dog.” In the end, both received a prize.

the Great Dane wins the largest dog contest.

the Great Dane wins the largest dog contest.

After the contests, the dogs paraded through downtown Marshall. Small town fun, kids and dogs, and a perfect summer evening.

Little Pearls: the lives of dogs in “tiny films”

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Little Pearls, an Asheville-based nonprofit film-maker specializing in “tiny films,” has produced a beautiful, one-minute long “Dog Pearl,” that conveys a comforting and spiritual message about pet loss. The film was inspired by the death of Katie, a dog belonging to Little Pearls’ creative director. This poignant meditation, filmed on a beautiful mountaintop bald near Asheville, depicts a vision of Katie running joyful and free. Click here to view this lovely “Dog Pearl.”