Sunday, March 6, 2011

d is for dog

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

d is such a dandy letter - if for nothing else than the fact that d is for dog and d is for dixie. last month I posted about having a bad case of doggie desire.

last week while in metro dc, I went for a walk with my friend donita and her dog, blue (on right)- we encountered a delightful duo of dogs, don't know about you, but I never encounter this breed before - petite bassett griffon vendéen - a long name, for such a short dog; the name says much about the breed - petit– small; basset– low to the ground; griffon– wire coated; and vendéen- the area of france from which the breed originates.

a couple days earlier I met up with matilda who with her human lin now live on staten island; up until last summer, lin and matilda lived on the other half of our double (aka, duplex). my feeling of doggy deficit really emerged once they moved, as up until then, matilda was a daily presence in our lives.

and a few days earlier, I met gary's darling dog nellie, who unfortunately this week departed our mortal coil and crossed over the rainbow bridge. rest in peace, dear nellie.

lots of dogs on recent wanders.....

during my tour of the detroit museum of art, we encountered this delightful pre-columbian dog effigy - traditionally these funerary dogs guarded the tombs of the dead.

in the above detail from diego's detroit mural we see that the dogs for the dead, were so iconic that diego rivera used the image when he designed his engine dog.

old dogs, children and watermelon wine (1972) by tom t. hall - according to the portal the song was a number one country hit for a week and spent 13 weeks on the chart.


Deborah said...

What wonderful pictures of all those lovely dogs, a delight to see!

Tess Kincaid said...

Wonderful post. This made me miss my big ol' dogs, God rest their doggy souls.

Tom said...

have you been to the post office museum in DC and seen the exhibit on their special dog?

i'm not kidding, there is a post office museum. it's pretty cool

Watson said...

Oh Thank You mouse, for recognizing our excellence! Tail wags to you. I'll spare you any doggie breath kisses! :-p

Betsy Brock said...

Wow...I love that first quote!

what sweet pooches!

karen said...

Sorry about Nellie....poor baby, sounds to me like you're in want of a pooch??

Gary said...

How wonderful to see sweet Nell here on the Mouse. I am so glad that you both met. She was an amazing pup. xo