Ayla, at her happiest, in the snow.

Companions

Ayla is a Bergamasco sheepdog and our companion. She’s almost 7 years old and a beautiful being.

Ayla as a puppy, smiling at the beach (pre-dreads).
Ayla as a puppy, smiling at the beach (pre-dreads).
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Ayla, in her truest element, the snowy yard.
Ayla, in the yard, never really still.
Ayla, in the yard, never really still.

Jess and I have had many companions over the years, and as I was reading some morning posts, I caught two reviews from one of my favorite blogs to follow: Brain Pickings. One was a review of the book, Lost Cat: An Illustrated Meditation on Love, Loss and What It Means To Be Human. The other was a review of The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think. Both offer an imaginative window into the lives of our companions, and the relationships we mutually form with each other, fully defining neither.

As I think about on my life with Ayla, Orso, Misty, and Anna, I can only be thankful that there is a mirror to reality in shared existence.  That’s more than enough.

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