August 24, 2012

the story of a dog

Dog paintings by Iet Langeveld, Eugene Wolfberg and Jari Ronkko. Notes from the Pack.

He had sensitive ears and sharp eyes. A queer character, odd, concealed, independent,   
keeping invincibly quiet, and doing many puzzling things...  

- 'Stickeen: The Story of a Dog' John Muir   



Dog paintings by Iet Langeveld, Eugene Wolfberg and Jari Ronkko. Notes from the Pack.

Dog paintings by Iet Langeveld, Eugene Wolfberg and Jari Ronkko. Notes from the Pack.

Dog Paintings (top to bottom):   
'Doggy' by Iet Langeveld   
'Vigilant Indifference' by Eugene Wolfberg   
'Disclosure V' by Jari Ronkko   

The full story of Stickeen here.   



August 13, 2012

sea fever


Ezra Caldwell's photos of his dog Putney Sue in Nova Scotia.

I must go down to the seas again   
to the vagrant gypsy life   


Ezra Caldwell's photos of his dog Putney Sue in Nova Scotia.

to the gull's way and the whale's way   
where the wind's like a whetted knife   


Ezra Caldwell's photos of his dog Putney Sue in Nova Scotia.

and all I ask is a merry yarn   
from a laughing fellow rover   


Ezra Caldwell's photos of his dog Putney Sue in Nova Scotia.

and quiet sleep and a sweet dream   
when the long trick's over   



Photos: Ezra Caldwell's Putney Sue - more at Ezra's Flickr.
(One of the loveliest bonds between dog and man that I know of)

Poem:  Sea Fever by John Masefield.

August 9, 2012

after the twists and turns

Pack of beagles. From Full Cry Hound Blog. Notes from the Pack.

that boxing day morning, I would hear the familiar,  
far-off gowls and gulders,  
over keenaghan and aughanlig  
of a pack of beagles, old dogs disinclined to chase a car  
suddenly quite unlike  

themselves, pups coming helter-skelter  
across the ploughlands with all the chutzpah of veterans  
of the trenches, their slate-greys, cinnamons, liver-  
browns, lemons, rusts and violets  

turning and twisting, unseen, across the fields,  
their gowls and gulders turning and twisting after the  
twists and turns  
of the great hare who had just now sauntered into the  
yard where I stood on tiptoe  

astride my new Raleigh cycle,  
his demeanour somewhat louche, somewhat  
lackadaisical  
under the circumstances, what with him standing on  
tiptoe  

as if to mimic me, standing almost as tall as I, looking  
as if he might for a moment put  
himself in my place, thinking better of it, sloping off  
behind the lorry bed.  

'Beagles'  

Photo: Full Cry

August 4, 2012