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.