RIP: Pearl the Merle


Nate Moody and Nan Morningstar’s Pearl, the only merle pup from the late Semirichenia tazi from Kiev, brindle Lashyn, and the Hancock bred lurcher Plummer fom England, died of a bladder problem last week. She was our favorite of the litter, by far the most adventurous– she could climb over the dog gate at five weeks– and we intended to keep her until Nate fell for her. We have mostly puppy pics here– perhaps Nate can supply some later ones. It is hard to believe she was not young. Nobody is any more, I’m afraid. Other than possibly Dutch Salmon’s line, there are no more living descendants of that litter. And that makes me sad. She was a fine dog, as were her parents.

The lower photos are with her house mate, Maty, one of Ataika’s girls.

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  1. Gosh, great photos! Another dog joining someone's Spirit Cloak(sigh). I especially like the last one, with the pup suspended in air, a brief microsecond of youth and innocence and enthusiasm, captured for all time(another sigh….) My last(?) Basenji is on her last legs now–blind(totally) deaf(mostly), no teeth, arthritic and doddery and senile–but sensible enough to stagger about(and an excellent appetite!) and continue to strong-arm the death angel, as only a stubborn pariah of a Basenji can! And pitiful as she is, she has every day coming to her with me…..L.B.


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