Those of you who have visited our studio have met Basho, Champ and Pedro,
friendly Mountain Dogs by TrailsEnd Estrela Mountain Dog
Gone but not forgotten
Pedro died October 4, 2009 (5 1/2 years old)( Cao Da Serra Da Estrela)
Champ died Feb. 26, 2010 (13 1/2 years old)
Basho died October 2, 2018 (9 years old)
FOR MY DOG PEDRO
(after Christopher Smart)
For I will consider my Dog Pedro.
For he can make his eyes red, and sleep with them open.
For he can climb on top of picnic tables and boulders.
For he can trust that no one will step on his tail or his feet or his head.
For he can put a whole kittenís head in his mouth and not hurt it.
For he can sing when the train goes by.
For he can knock on the door in the middle of the night.
For he can chew up foam rubber mats and flip-flops.
For he doesnít say, this walk around the block isnít good enough, yesterdayís walk at the lake was better.
For he only looks at what is in front of him, not what is in back.
For he doesnít say, I donít like living in Oakland. Iíd rather live in the Swiss Alps.
For he doesnít say, I donít like stinky humans. You need a bath.
For he doesnít say, Iíd rather live with somebody else.
For he doesnít say, I should have run in the other direction at the park yesterday, there would have been more rabbits.
For he doesnít say, I am not good enough. I am not accomplishing enough with my life.
For he doesnít say, I want liver flavored food tonight. Iím sick and tired of chicken.
For he doesnít say, maybe the other dogs donít like me.
For he doesnít say, maybe I donít look furry enough, young enough. I need to get prettied up.
For he can hunt birds and rabbits and lizards.
For he can play tug of war with a sock.
For he can twitch and yelp as he runs in his sleep.
For he can lie on his back and wiggle and wait.
For he can drool.
For he has one white paw.
Pedro - 12 Weeks old