Willard in Point Dume

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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When I lived in Point Dume, the sacred burial ground for the Chumash Indians, I had seven dogs, two of which I placed that I had rescued. My dog family included my red Irish Setter Jesse who I wrote about in my photograph titled Jesse. Point Dume is one of the most majestic beaches at the North end of Malibu with towering cliffs and homes on the bluff offering a 180 degree view of the Pacific. After selling my home, I often returned with my English Setter Willard, a noble and elegant companion who loved the beach as most Setters do and often accompanied me for days of shell and rock hunting. He was one of my most treasured companions and my co-therapist as he always insisted in being in the room with me when I saw my patients. In the photo titled, Jesse, I wrote about Willard and how he would insightfully work with my patients. Some children found it easier to tell Willard their problems and he would sit attentively listening to their various stories. Willard is a tri-color English Setter with blue and orange ticking, an amazing companion who I miss dearly after he passed away at ten years old. His female companion was Annie, another beautiful tri-color English Setter that I rescued at two years old. I have many stories to tell about their relationship that is both amusing and heartwarming. I have been fortunate to have been blessed with these special animals and could fill my portfolio with all the dogs I have loved. Willard was one of the special spirits who filled my heart and graced my life with his unremitting love and devotion. He only asked that he not be subjected to one of the perils of canines, being on the wrong side of the door. I found out when he was a puppy that his wish also included not shutting the shower door which I wrote about in one of my narratives. He was my son’s first puppy who loved him like a brother and we all miss the special comfort he gave us all for the ten years our family was fortunate to have him as a part of our family. This photograph captures his beauty, both inside and out as one of my most adored friends. The majestic environment of Point Dume is a perfect setting for this dramatic portrait.

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