Who is your presidential candidate?

“Snoopy for President”

Snoopy for President

Based on what I have seen, heard and read so far we might be better off with man’s best friend in the White House. I say let the campaign begin now!
  • The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~M.K. Clinton
  • The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. ~Johnny Depp
  • Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. ~Emily Dickinson
  • What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. ~Andy Rooney 

Share your favorite quote or memory of dogs in the comments, I would love to hear it! (I created the above collage picture using PicMonkey, a free on-line photo editing site.)

Life, Writing

A Short Story of… Love

He stumbled forward into the cold night. Overcast and dreary, the sleet pounded down relentlessly. Oh how long since he had seen the sun he wondered silently to himself as he walked.
His mind was as numb as his exposed fingers in the cold night air. Yet, still the soft singular voice of her continued to sing that same song over and over in his mind. Thoughts of those long summer days spent in Saskatoon would haunt him like a specter for the rest of his life.
It was a special time long ago with little static to cloud his thoughts or life. Now his life was surrounded by seemingly endless dark and steep climbs. The ambient sounds of the night, he barely noticed until filling the cold empty air all around him was the steadily barking of a dog.
As he looked up the last thing he saw was the large Siberian husky as it leapt from the shadows. He was knocked to the ground and the dog was on top of him in an instant. He screamed as the large furry dog began licking his face with vigor, its tail wagging furiously.
As the sound of his scream faded into the night, a slow smile spread across his face. He lay silently not feeling the cold earth beneath him as the he let the warmth of love wash over him.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

This short story was written during a 5 minute free write using the words in bold above. This occurred during a meeting of the lunch time writing group at my workplace. I have to admit, I did edit a bit while typing it in the blog post, yet easily 95% is from free writing. Hope you enjoyed it!

Animals, Art, Photograph, Poetry, Writing

That Would Be Enough

If I only had a moment, 

that would be enough

If only a kiss & a smile, 

that would be enough

To look once in your eyes,

DSCN0580.1that would be enough

To whisper ‘I love you,’

that would be enough

My kingdom for a touch,

that would be enough

No regrets for one moment,

for that would be enough

(Mark Schutter ©2013)
Adventure, Animals, Writing

A Tribute to an Old Friend

This is a 16×24 ink wash and crayon drawing
of our previous dog Shilo.  (Mark Schutter ©2013)

Remembering an old friend who died many years ago in the spring 1997 at the old age of 14.  A collie / shepherd mix she was a one of a kind treasure of a dog.  She literally saved my life, but that is a story I will tell in another blog at another time.

She was with us through our entire marriage and unfortunately was only around for a short two and one half years after our daughter was born so they barely got to know each other. She was loving, loyal, a true companion and a trusted friend.  She was always with us on many trips all over the Northwest from the mountains (in bear country) to the sea and she always was a protector and a source of joy! She loved the beach but was not to fond of the water. 🙂  We miss you Shilo!

This is the photo that was the inspiration for the drawing of Shilo in her usual spot in the back of the pickup, we could never leave home without her!

A couple of years after she died I created this video tribute below and posted it to my YouTube channel, “Shilo, With the Dawn”
Adventure, Animals, Art, God, Photograph

Love in Black and White

Charis and Sadee - 2012  (A picture of my girl and her dog, edited using PicMonkey  Maleko ©2012)

Muppin and Sadee – 2012

(A picture of my girl and her dog, edited using PicMonkey  – Maleko ©2012)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”   ~John 13:34 

May the year 2013 be the year in which love truly wins!
Animals, Art, Poetry

It was a dark and stormy night… ~Snoopy

Photo edited using PicMonkey

As Halloween approaches how would you finish this sentence?

  • Scary/Suspenseful?It was a dark and stormy night and the moonlight glistened off the metal knife edge stained with blood as his breath came in raged gasps.
  • Humorous/Funny?It was a dark and stormy night but the whipped cream and chocolate pie stains around his mouth were the only evidence left behind from his midnight refrigerator raid.
  • Peaceful/Contented?It was a dark and stormy night but the warmth of the crackling fire cast a peaceful glow across the room as she stared at the pictures in the photo album in her lap, remembering the past and the smiles that had left all too soon.

    The original photo from which the above was edited.

What are your thoughts?