- You may notice this is not a bicycle....
had mentioned that he was putting a custom Jen Green headbadge
on his "in process"/hope-it-comes-someday Matt Chester
29er/fixee/SS/cross bike (now, which Gallery will that go into?)
in memory of his great Boxer cross dog that died unexpectedly
in November. We traded some emails and at my urging, he forwarded
these two photos and description of his companion. Since he doesn't
yet have photos of the bicycle, I decided to use the 80th spot
in the Gallery for him. I may develop a "Dog Portrait"
section of the site, but not tonight.
I'm a sucker for a good dog story, especially one which involves
a rescue dog.
name was Cosmo and he was from the pound in Hillsboro, OR. He was
clearly part Boxer, his mother I would guess, as he had a docked
tail and dewclaws removed. I speculate that the owners thought the
puppies were purebred as he probably looked about right. He had
the underbite and thick upper lip, but more muzzle than a purebred.
He was full grown but young when we got him in 1995 so he was probably
11-12 years old. That isn't really dying young for a 90lb. dog but
it was due to some kind of complications following surgury to remove
a big tumor from his leg :^( Anyway, here are a couple pictures
that I have handy, one in the prime of life and one when he was
elderly but still holding up well. The thing that was so great about
him was that he was middle aged before ever living with kids (we'd
had him 5 years when my oldest daughter was born) and he couldn't
have been any better with the girls. The dog we still have is even
older, 14-15 but under 20lbs so doesn't seem as old. He used to
get snippy with the kids if they bugged him, but has mellowed.