I shall never forget that day in early December of the year 2000. I took my twelve year old son to a house on the other side of this sleepy, laid-back English town named, Leek. The reasons we were going to that house were wrapped in a mystery of intrigue, of curiosity.
The front door opened and we were greeted by a friendly but rather eccentric older lady. "Please make yourselves comfortable in the living room", explained the smiling lady. Tristan sat across from me and gave me a quizzical look. The wonder in the eyes of my twelve year old son was magical to note.
The lady came into her living room and asked us both to please come upstairs. Step after step and the sounds emanating from one of the bedrooms became more pronounced, more wondrous, more alluring. A choir of cute little growling sounds could be plainly heard.
The lady opened the door to the bedroom. There they were. A litter of playful two month old Jack Russell puppies. "Tristan, I know how much you love dogs. Would you like to choose?", I asked him.
"Buzzin'!" That was the first word that Tristan spoke, with a thrilled delight at the prospect of having a puppy that he could love. "Penny" and Tristan made immediate eye contact. I knew, I just knew that Penny and Tristan would have a special bond. Penny chose Tristan and Tristan chose Penny. This would be the start of a very special, very loving relationship.....
On behalf of Penny, Tristan and myself, we wish you a peaceful, compassionate New Year as we embrace the ideals of the lessons that our animal friends do truly teach us. The ideals of unconditional, non-judgemental love.