After all, what’s a web page without dogs?
If you can start the day without caffeine, if you can get along without pep pills, if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, though no fault of yours, something goes wrong.
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, if you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him/her, if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend.
If you can face the world without lies and deceit, if you can conquer tension without medical help, if you can relax without liquor, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs.
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics.
Then you are almost as good as your dog.
(collected off the internet, 2003)
These are our boys — Jasper (the chocolate lab, born 2000) and Melchior (“Melki”, the cream lab, born 2002). Like all parents, we’re very proud of our children.
Brent and I agreed very early on in our relationship that we would have dogs, and that they would be Labrador retrievers. As all lab owners know, once you’ve loved a lab, you never settle for less.
The plan has always been to have three dogs, one of each colour. Once we have achieved our dream of moving to the bush, we will get the third; his name will be Bathazaar (Jasper, Melchior and Balthazaar were the three kings in the Bible nativity story). There is more to Jasper’s name than that, as I wrote in 2000-07 when Jasper arrived.