stories and images of outer Cape Cod
The Dune Dog

First Morning Home, September 26, 2003

Resting at High Head, Truro, September 23, 2007


San Juan sato "Alyda" was rescued by the Save A Sato organization, in Puerto Rico, and came to the United States of America on September 11th, 2003. On a drizzly evening, we spotted her at the Danbury Animal Welfare Shelter, seated on a bright yellow beach towel, shivering and forlorn, while her sato mates romped and played in the mud of an outdoor pen. Despite her pathetic appearance, we adopted her, bringing her home two weeks later. After a short family debate over naming priviledges, "Pupita", about 1 ½ years old, met her new feline roomies, Leo, Tootie and Weebie, and quickly adapted to her "casa" crate. Very soon, "Pita", an Italian Greyhound mix, was found to be an intelligent dog and her subserviant behavior began to wear off and her trust and affectionate nature blossomed. She has become a wonderful companion, requiring little maintenance (we say she's "travel-sized"), but having high expectations for adventure. "Petey" loves chasing "squirrelies" and "chippies" at Beach Rose cottage, doing "racing dog" at First Encounter Beach, and napping with daddy... anywhere. Her tramping with daddy on the outer Cape has inspired a series of images called "The Dune Dog."

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