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Doggone it! "I felt proud to be your friend !"

Jasmin, The Wonder-Dog (1992-2006)
When I was visiting a friend in western Alaska in 1996, this dog saved my life. Jasmin was a water dog and snow lover. She liked to chase everything that moved, including people on X-country skis. On one such ski outing, a terrible wind and ensuing blizzard came upon us. The wind blew my right mitten clear off, exposing my fingers to the bitter elements. But then, a SMILE quickly came to my face. There was Jasmin, holding something inside her mouth. It was my mitten that I had given up for lost. Yes, I loved Jasmin. If you had been there on that cold Alaskan afternoon in March, you would have loved Jasmin, too !!! Jasmin isn't with us anymore. But in a way, I KNOW she's still out there, because I always hear her barking whenever a cold wind blows. [Photo taken March 1996, east of Nome near the Bering Sea.]
on Apr 6, 2009 11:50 pm
Image Type(s): Rock Climbing,  Bouldering,  Hiking,  Informational,  Scenery,  Humor
Image ID: 504247


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yatsek - Apr 7, 2009 4:13 am - Voted 10/10


That's a real rock-and-dog pic! Plus that lovely smile!


lcarreau - Apr 7, 2009 10:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Rocks!

"Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows?
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions,
But only illusions -
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told & some chose to
Believe it,
But I know they're wrong wait and see ..."

(Kermit the Frog - 1979) : ))


yatsek - Apr 7, 2009 11:44 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Rocks!

Yeah, what a friendly rainbow wonder-dog pic! A gray, greenish and black and white musical rainbow against the great blue skies. Plus a spicy drop of red! :)))
BTW Do you mean it's worth talking to the wind as - despite the wind not hearing - a friend may so you can even hear some reply/barking:) from the other end of the/Other-world???


lcarreau - Apr 7, 2009 7:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Rocks!

Well ... I hear SOMEBODY barking whenever a
strong gusty wind comes up! That's not you,
is it ??? : )))

Some people believe that when dogs travel to
the other side, SOME of them are completely
overwhelmed by what they see, and manage to
make their way BACK to earth as "shape-shifters."


yatsek - Apr 8, 2009 3:02 am - Voted 10/10

Re-Barking :)

Well, we can't rule out part of the barking being mine: I'm able to bark (which you realize:)) as well as sing (out of tune only:(); and I do sometimes hum for joy, i.e. bark to the wind, especially while biking, my friend…


lcarreau - Apr 8, 2009 10:45 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Re-Barking :)

Aren't people a bit like sheep, "mimicking"
(or following) what they see (or hear) in Society ?

The 1970's 7-man rock band "Three Dog Night" comes to my mind.

And how can we forget Ozzie Osbourn's
"Bark At The Moon ???" : )


yatsek - Apr 8, 2009 11:48 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Re-Barking :)

No doubt most people are sheeple :), which often makes Big Good Wolves howl :))
BTW If you haven't read Never Cry Wolf, it's a must read!!!


lcarreau - Apr 8, 2009 11:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Re-Barking :)

:- 0

Yes, it was my FAVORITE book when I was out
wandering around on the tundra in western
Alaska! Wish I could do a repeat !!!


yatsek - Apr 8, 2009 12:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Re-Barking :)

So you have! Well, then you do realize that howling and barking being brought by the wind may be about you :)


lcarreau - Apr 8, 2009 12:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Re-Barking :)

YES. But, it seems there's a much "higher force" out there that could knock me off my
feet & blow me away into another (the next?) world if it wanted to. Love your comments, Jacek !!! : )))


yatsek - Apr 9, 2009 1:27 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Re-Barking :)

Well, if you ask me Larry, personally I'm positive man's not the highest force in the universe, let alone outside it :)


lcarreau - Apr 9, 2009 10:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Re-Barking :)

You hold a very valid point, my friend !!! :)

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Apr 7, 2009 5:36 pm - Voted 10/10

Great photo

and very touching text. I am sure she must have felt very loved and had a happy life too!


lcarreau - Apr 7, 2009 7:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great photo

I keep hearing that dogs have spirits, and
spirits MUST have a home somewhere.

I suppose that's up for debate, but I DO
know that Jasmin had a very wonderful life!!!

What happened to that box of tissue ??


Dean - Apr 7, 2009 11:44 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice

and thank you for not painting that wonderful dog red. I always appreciate your commentary but this was one of the best, a nice story.


lcarreau - Apr 8, 2009 12:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice

: )


tleaf - Apr 9, 2009 6:43 pm - Voted 10/10

Great Dog!

I think your story is better than any Lassie episode I ever saw! I agree with Dean, thank you for not painting Jasmin red ( ;
Lovely photo, Larry!


lcarreau - Apr 9, 2009 10:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Dog!

Thanks, Trina !!!

I was in the process of painting the photo
pink, but I rescinded my decision at the last minute.

My wife & I went out in the desert, and I
think we have "flower photos" comin' soon !!!


RayMondo - Jan 17, 2010 8:20 pm - Voted 10/10

A wonderful encounter

Dogs are so faithful when you know them, and so knowing when you don't.

Amazing fact: Dogs are the only animal species known to eye-follow. Apes do not.


lcarreau - Jan 17, 2010 8:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A wonderful encounter

Geez, Ray! I got a bloody tear falling down
my cheek from what you said!

Yes, Jasmin was all of that, and more.

She would always follow me with her eyes, and
captivate my heart when I was not looking.

I was very fortunate to have known this dog!!

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