are a few words about my lifelong relationship with dogs. But, if you want to
know more about my artistic
background, please click on these two links to my fine
love dogs. I've always had one (or two). Mafeesh was first. How my
wife and I came up with such a far-fetched name is a long story. It includes a
two-year stay in Cairo, Egypt in the early 70s. Mafeesh was a friendly little
mutt (not sure what mix of breeds) and the life of our large apartment in a beautiful
leafy suburb of the city of the pharaohs.
sisters, Tish and Tina, followed Mafeesh. We think they were a combination
Black Labrador and Border Collie. They had a whole backyard to themselves where
they often chased squirrels. We had a lot of fun with these two (including Tina,
one summer evening, getting tipsy from polishing off half-empty glasses of wine
while our guests were leaving after
a backyard party.)
was Napoleon (Poppy for short). He was a handsome combination of a Cocker
Spaniel and a Beagle (he looked like the latter). What a guy! And what a stentorian
bark! He would have put any Great Dane to shame in that department.
obvious choice after Napoleon was... Josephine...
Who else? (we call her Josie),
a pure-bred Beagle this time. She was born in northern San Diego County and is
the most laid-back creature you have ever encountered - the quintessential SoCal
gal! Plus she is adorably pretty.
don't know who will be next, but somehow, at this point, I feel there is a special
place in my heart for Beagles. They are such loving little dogs and have such
as I said, I love dogs - all of them. To me, in addition to being man's best friend,
they are the proverbial "salt of the earth".