Truly man’s best friend

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. 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



A year ago this Friday, we rescued this beautiful Black Lab/Mastiff (we believe) mix from the Briarcliff SPCA. We had originally gone to the shelter to look at another dog that we had seen on their website, but something just didn’t feel right about him. As we waited to look at another dog, this guy here calmly walked up to the front of his cage, sat down and proceeded to lick my hand through the metal bars and I will freely admit that he had me right then and there. We took him for a walk and the decision was an easy one-he was coming home with us.

Little did we know that this had been  his plan from the first minute he saw us. I am convinced that Jase knew that we were the family that should have the honor of adopting him. Only a dog owner can truly  understand what I am saying when I say that he chose us. He has brought a great deal of joy to our lives as well as some trying moments. But that all comes with having an almost 80 pound dog that thinks he is a lap dog and (at the time we adopted him) was only 11 months old.


As his second birthday approaches, I can only imagine the hikes that he will take us on, the rides we will take and the pleasure that he will continue to bring us for many years to come. Truly man’s best friend.


4 thoughts on “Truly man’s best friend

  1. Barb Knowles

    I’ve had cats who have looked at me with disdain (no my husband is not a cat) while staring at their food dish and then walking away with their tails up because they have better things to do. But dogs? Unconditional love. Like you, I only adopt “pound dogs” and have never regretted it. You should post a picture of your dog next to something as a reference point. If he really is part mastiff, he will be h-u-g-e. Good thing you don’t live in a studio apartment.


    1. The Zen Hiker Post author

      With the addition of our kitten, that now makes a dog, a cat and a rabbit. What next??? And yes, he will be two shortly and he is just over 90 lbs. The SPCA in Briarcliff really cares for and takes care of all of the animals that come to them. A great organization and a great group of people!

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      1. Barb Knowles

        Good to know. When we buy our next place (renting now) a dog is definitely one of the first things we get. But I’m going to try to limit myself to one. Or two. But not 3. I don’t think….


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