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Gone to the Dogs

My friend, Niza Knoll, has an art gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver.  Knoll Gallery is a fantastic array of creativity and is emerging as one of the best galleries in Denver (in my humble opinion.)  Each year Niza does a juried exhibit featuring art on dogs.  Gone to the Dogs 3 opens this Friday, August 19, and runs through September 17.  I asked Niza why she does this particular exhibit each year.

“I grew up with dogs and always loved their company when I came home.  They give us unconditional love.  They fill an empty spot in my life.  I like being needed.  It always fascinated me that a creature so different than us can connect with our feelings and moods and be able to live with us.  I have always connected more with people that like dogs or cats so I thought it would be fun to share my love for this amazing creature with others.  It really has been lots of fun and I have met some great dog lovers.”

A couple of springs ago I was fortunate to have an exhibit at Niza’s gallery and I had a couple of dog photos that I took on display.  The chihuahua on the sidewalk was taken at Union Square in San Francisco, California. I loved how this pampered pooch was in complete lockstep with her owner. She was a little diva of a dog.

The other photograph was taken in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Talk about a dog and master looking alike. What characters!

Hope you can make it to see Niza’s show.  Her gallery is at 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, 80204.  The Denver Dumb Friends League will be there with adoptable dogs so maybe you’ll come away with art and a pup to love.

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Remembering Uncle Ted

I had a hunch as soon as I sat down by Scott on the flight to Anchorage that he was on his way to the funeral of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.  He was in a suit with a Lockheed Martin pin and was busily cranking away on his Blackberry.  Once we were airborne we started to talk and he regaled me with stories of his days as a staff member for the Senator who died along with four others on August 9 in a plane crash near Dillingham, Alaska.  He told me of his travels around the world (he even went to Antarctica) with Senator Stevens when he worked in appropriations and budgeting on Capitol Hill, but one of his best stories was about a fishing trip he took with the late Senator when he was a young staffer.  He accompanied the boss to Alaska and was surprised to be invited along on a fishing expedition.  The weather was miserable so they could not go out to where the King salmon or even where the Silvers were.  Instead they found themselves in a pile of Pinks which Alaskans respect about as much as they do herring.  It was raining and frigid and they fished in their yellow slickers.  After a couple of hours their other companions went below.  Even the captain said they should head in.  But Senator Stevens knew there was a Silver salmon out there somewhere so he kept going.  About six hours into the trip he caught the elusive fish and they finally turned around and headed for shore.  Scott told me this was typical of the optimism of Senator Ted Stevens.  He referred to him as the “Energizer Bunny” a couple of times over the hours that we spoke.  The funeral of Senator Stevens is today in Anchorage.  It is hard to find a hotel room in town.  It is full of people like Scott who have come to honor the Senator and tell stories and reminisce about their friend, Uncle Ted.

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