this weekend a new member of the extended family arrived on avenue c. matilda is a beautiful and sweet australian cattle dog who was rescued from the local apl by lin. regular readers of the mouse may remember, lin lost her olivia, her beloved canine companion of many many years, a month ago.
when one is a die-hard animal lover it is hard not to have animal companions around. although she put on a good face, I know lin really missed that magical connection that sharing our lives with animals brings. fortunately the grief she was feeling over the loss of olivia dissipated enough for her to wander out and see who needed a home.
lin didn't get much back-story from the apl as far as matilda's history. all they could tell her was that she was found tied up to the apl's loading dock, young and pregnant. there is speculation that perhaps her owners couldn't afford to provide for matilda and her puppies. but whatever the story, matilda has now found a wonderful home. it is clear that for both lin and matilda it was love at first sight. however, even though it was love at first sight, before lin officially adopted matilda she made sure matilda did passed the kid test. and she passed with flying colors. ms t and lil b will be very happy to meet the new addition!
the apl gave the dog her name, and lin decided to keep it. matilda suits her and celebrates her breed and lineage. of course all of us are familiar with the austrialia's most famous folk song.
june tabor's beautiful and haunting song "the band played waltzing matilda" from her 1976 album "airs and graces." I have always felt this song is a powerful anti-war anthem and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
"airs and graces" was june's first solo album. over the years, june has collaborated with many musicians and some many remember her as one of the two 'silly sisters.' I have had the good fortune to see june in concert a couple times. she is surprisingly funny with her on-stage banter. one of the most memorable concerts I went to was a show of june and the oysterband - geez two of my favorite musical talents together! unfortunately I haven't gotten wind of june returning to the u.s. for concerts in a very long time. according to her website it seems as if she pretty much stays in the u.k. or other european countries.
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