Essie the Bookshop and Garden Dog
?/1984  -  4/16/2002
18 long years through 3 bookshops and 3 gardens. Snap peas were her favorite vegetable that she picked herself fresh from the vine. She retired just last year after 17 years working the used book stacks first in Santa Fe, New Mexico, later in Grand Rapids and Mecosta, Michigan. She had many friends. She enjoyed hiking in The Sangre de Christo mountain range and elsewhere, working in the gardens with her companion Alex, traveling on occasion to Chicago with John, and Sunday theosophical gatherings with folks who realize that dogs are sparks of divinity too. She did not think much of cats, but still allowed one to stay in her house for nine years. She will be missed by those who came to call her friend. As for her owners, they say that 18 years at work, home and play - is a long time to become attached to a small friend. Career pics below.

(1) Just released from confinement in the Santa Fe city dog pound. (2) Later, after giving up the collar in an act of social defiance, Essie started attending theosophical study groups on a regular basis.

(3) She excelled as a store detective and door greeter in three well stocked bookshops but always found time for (4) recreational outdoor activities.

At the age of 17, she accepted the Autumn of her life and Essie took her retirement on a hilltop in Mecosta County, Michigan, where she rested and enjoyed company until her passing.