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Prestel The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never desertes him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog...He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world...When all other friends desert, he remains.

-George G Vest.

Prestel, adopted from Ashley Heath near Ringwood, Hampshire, England. Prestel was 17 years old when he died on 31 October 2000. We'll meet again, Top Dog.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or disconent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.

-Milan Kundera.

 This is Scout. He had lived in an animal sanctuary for 12 years before we had the privilige of taking him home. Scout died 8 December 1999.
Chocky died 18 September 1997. A lovely brindle crossbreed.Nancy, a beautiful little Lurcher who died 3 April 1997. We will never forget you Nancy.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie-
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find-it's your own affair-
But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone-wherever it goes-for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long-
So why in-Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

...Rudyard Kipling

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