Today is our German Wirehair Pointer's twelfth birthday. When Maude is running across the back hill - ears flying, jowls flapping - there is no hint of her age. When she runs, she is a puppy again: chasing anything that hops, flies or scurries. Though she is a purebred, she doesn't "put on airs." She is plain-folk: mutt-like in her simplicity and humble need for a good scratching behind the ear, or maybe if she's lucky, on her mud-splattered belly. She is sweet, silly and naughty with equal verve. We are, by turns, amused, amazed, or exasperated by her antics. Through it all, we love her.
Happy Birthday, Naughty Maudie!
photo by Haiku, April 12, 2005... Maude in a sleepy, mellow mood