Friday, March 28, 2008

Four dogs and a Cat

We used to have one dog and one cat, but now we have four dogs and a cat. Too many, and yet it has opened my eyes. I used to think one owner one dog. Not any more. Now I think dogs' personalities only blossom -- they only really become full dogs -- when they can socialize and play with other dogs, and curiously they become more interesting for their owners then too. Here are our four dogs:


This is Rita, a foundling of nine years ago from San Antonio, Texas. Click on the image to see it larger.


This is happy our sweet Mexican mutt just under one year old. She was dumped as a puppy in the market in Coatepec, but my wife rescued her. Click on the image to see it larger.


This is Cosi our other lovable Mexican mutt about one year and four months old. A neighbor rescued her as a puppy and then gave her to us. Click on the image to see it larger.


There was an incredibly sad weak street dog, so thin and weak we thought he would die. But we fed him outside our gate. The idea was that maybe we could get him healthy and then give him away. After about one week of care I took the picture you see on the left. The weather turned cold and we started to cover him at night -- then, finally, we started to let him sleep on the porch. We called him Giaco, pronounced "Jocko" and short for the famous sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

The sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, 1951, and our dog Giaco's namesake.

Giaco, healthy and happy again.

Giaco got to be a really nice and pretty dog. We kept him. He is our fourth dog. But enough is enough, don't bring puppies or needy dogs to our doorstep.

Click on image to see it larger.


And this is Louie, our cat a foundling from San Antonio, Texas, and now five years old.

And you may as well see a recent photo of Esther, my wife, and me with Pico de Orizaba looming in the background. For more about this picture click here.

Most of the above photos came either from Rita's flickr site or mine. At least one cast of the Giacometti dog is at MoMA and there is a good chance the image originated there. You can find more information about the sculpture at the Hirshhorn museum, click here.

My next post will be soon and will feature part two of dogs in art.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

You write very well.