Of course I could not ignore this day! If you are a dog lover as I am by all means celebrate with your K9 companion(s), do a bit of volunteer work at your local animal shelter or find some other way to mark the day. I'm not sure why August is often referred to as the "dog days" of summer. Maybe because it tends to be doggone hot and miserable in a lot of places and most of us are about ready to kiss summer goodbye and move into the mostly better weather of fall. I haven't yet seen that first-of-fall day this year but it should come any time. I am more than ready!
Back to the dogs. I've been blessed with some very wonderful ones over the years. It started with a 'farm collie' or English Shepherd type dog I got at about age 10 and enjoyed for several years until he met a sad and untimely end. I called him Flash and you could not ask for a happier, more loving and perfect first dog for a kid. I have very few pictures of him but did come across one in my recent scanning project. Ignore the very plain little girl and enjoy the pup! He was a lanky six-month old at that time.
After that there were many. I have a special place in my heart for the Australian Shepherds. I got my first one not long after my husband and my Brittany Spaniel crossed the Rainbow Bridge within minutes of each other in November 2003. "Rico" came to me in February of the next year and I kept him until his escalating battles with Belle, my second Aussie, got too severe and I had to rehome one. Due to her health issues, I kept her. Here is a shot of them together when they were getting along. Actually that was most of the time but when they fought it was vicious and became worse each time. Belle was the classic blue merle (RIP dear girl) and Rico was black and white but actually a merle too with only a small bit of that coloration on him. I pray he is still alive and well in Arizona.
Finally here is Ginger, my latest and current K9 companion and Rojito (Little Red.) They both share my bed now--oh my! But I haven't the heart to put either of them off. So long as they leave me about a foot and a half of space on one edge, I can manage! Ginger is mostly Border Collie with probably a bit of Aussie and the little guy is probably Dachshund and King Charles Spaniel. Those of you who've been with me for awhile have met them before, of course!
So happy National Dog Day to all my canine friends, present and long gone and to all of you fellow animal lovers. Go in peace and happy sniffs, walks, rides and play to you all!
Welcome to my World
Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!