It seems I mark the eras of my life not so much by the years, but by the canine companions I shared time with.
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the… Continue reading Vow of the Brothers of the Night’s Watch
Awwww...remembering Ronin, our beloved Great Dane. It’s been about 5 years since we said goodbye to him. But we remember him frequently, through stories told, and random reminders of him and his gentle spirit. Being a dog-lover is a double-edged sword. By definition, their lifespans are shorter than humans so experiencing the pain of their… Continue reading Learning from Dogs
This is Erin with Ronin, our beloved Great Dane who is gone but never forgotten. About 2012. His mouth was big enough to get around a volleyball. We let him keep the ball as a toy. It was a prized possession and Ronin treated it gingerly (our current pack would have ripped it to shreds).… Continue reading Ronin and the Volley of the Dolls
ARES. We named him after the ancient Greek god of war, who was known as “Mars” by the Romans - their guardian deity. The Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso) breed almost disappeared in World War 2-ravaged Italy, but persisted in some isolated villages and has gradually made a comeback. Ares' ancestors guarded Roman villas and served… Continue reading Ares – the Cane Corso
Introducing Ares, a five month old Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff). We said goodbye to Ronin, the Great Dane, a few months ago. Ronin lived to be 11 years old, which is a ripe old age for a Dane. After doing some research, Erin wanted his new puppy to be a Cane Corso - a breed… Continue reading Ares