testimonial to your amazing four-legged friend, immortalized in so many photos!
I would just call your attention to the fact that the quote about getting to love dogs more the more you learn about humans has been attributed to Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-1786), perhaps de Gaulle was just quoting him?
My own favourite quote about dogs is,"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man" (Found in a book on computers with no source given.)
thanks… quote - well, got it from internet, it sounds right the Charles de Gaulle would cite Frederick the Great.
I saw that one too - about biting...
Dogs really do have KIND hearts.
Their bond with the hearts of humans is quite amazingly beyond words ... but I do remember what a famous "dog musher" told me while visiting a friend in Alaska:
"Gliding along a moonlit path, we move with grace and authority as a single unit bound by the age-old bond of love and respect between humanity and dog."
Thank you Larry….
All I know is that I cried more for my dog after she passed than I did for my mother, and I loved my mother. I am so sorry for your loss, and thank you for this great tribute to her.
Marc, I feel the same. I lost my mom and cried tons, I cannot almost function now… I hear Duchess in the house… thank you.
You are a very strong person. You will get through this, Liba.
(If Grateful Dead did it, you can too!)
Thank you for sharing. Great tribute to your lost friend! We have been through this three times with our pups. Things will get better! Hang in there!
...and beautiful memorial to your best friend.
I too have a 4 legged best friend and so I have read this and other bits you have posted about her with interest. Considering her humble origins you gave her a wonderful life - and wherever she is now, I'm sure her tail will still be wagging.
This time last year I thought we were about to lose our golden retriever to a heart condition. But slowly he has rallied - and is climbing mountains again, albeit very tiny ones compared to your Duchess. You just have to take each day with them as it comes - and be grateful. As your article says - that's the one thing they are bad at: being around for long enough.
Best wishes, Mark
thank you… good luck and health with your retriever….
This is the best post you've ever submitted, and you've submitted many excellent posts. I hope you treasure the memories of Duchess forever.
Liba, maybe i previously told you, i don't remember...anyhow ten years ago I also had two tailed friends, two huskies, female and male, mother and son, which climbed mountains with me and my companion. We always slept in a tent before climb. Great adventures! It was wonderful to climb with them, but not only to climb, i remember with joy also the little things of life!
Thank you very much for this memory. Best wishes, Silvia
Very well written Liba. A beautiful tribute.
I was quite touched by the image of Duchess you built here! Her adventurous spirit lives on :)
I have a dog here in London and regret not being able to take it with myself when I go hiking, because that's truly an experience a dog lives for. You were a great friend to your dog, to show it the world like this!
Remember when Baxter (I) was put down and I held him during his last breaths... I am sorry....
There is some interesting research coming out using MRI's looking at brain stimulation in dogs. Apparently dogs are more excited in general to see their owners than other dogs....
That was a very moving and lovely tribute to Duchess. Such an accomplished dog. When I go back up some of the mountains I had climbed with Sopris it is hard to not feel that we are closer up there. And that she is watching me as I descend. May you take some comfort in always being watched over.
Marley, our Kelpie, will still be with us for a short time, but probably made her last mountain trip this weekend and her last hike a couple of weeks before that. Her buddy, the yellow lab, is waning quickly, but still able to impress me with his endurance at times. Sorry for your loss and thanks for the heartfelt tribute!
She was a part of SP and your adventures. She's probably climbed more peaks than most people on this site! I will miss your pics of her and you on your latest adventures.
Thinking of you and your boy. The sun will rise again and maybe there will be another doggy who can climb with you guys!
Hugs to you both!