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Author Chase, Alston

Title We give our hearts to dogs to tear : intimations of their immortality / Alston Chase
Published New Brunswick [N.J.] : Transaction Publishers, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages) : illustrations
Contents Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue A Ghost Story -- 1 The Misunderstanding -- 2 The Summer of 1972 -- 3 The Earth Life -- 4 Phineas -- 5 The Dogs of Devon -- 6 Growing up Small -- 7 The Soul of a Dog -- 8 Hamilton Farm -- 9 Special Dogs -- 10 Living at the Edge -- 11 Show Dogs -- 12 Leaving Millegan -- 13 Paradise -- 14 America Discovers Jack Russells -- 15 Seaching for “Genetic Immortality� -- 16 Ifrit�s Spirit -- 17 Ifrit Passes -- 18 Daisy and Bungee -- 19 Ranching the View -- 20 The Stealth and “A� Teams
21 Bungee�s Summer22 Bungee�s Winter -- 23 Cricket -- 24 A Sporting Dog -- 25 Ghosts -- 26 Eternity -- 27 Millegan Return -- Epilogue The Future of Dogs -- End -- Image Information and Credits
Summary "This is the story of a family and their animal companions for thirty years. It is at one level about the Jack Russell terriers Ifrit, Bungee, and their own friends as well as the people who nominally owned them and other dogs as well. Alston Chase tells of his search for the immortality of dogs, what makes them special, and why we willingly give them our hearts knowing that someday they'll die and leave us bereft. The answer, he finds, does not come through attempting to produce exact replicas of them through inbreeding, as professional breeders often do and which he sees as a form of genetic death, but in their embodiment of spirit over mortality. It is through the window of their brief lives that we glimpse eternity." "This book is an eloquent tribute to the dogs we love, and a reflection on mortality, the limitations of life, and the final triumph of the spirit."--BOOK JACKET
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Subject Chase, Alston
Chase, Alston
Jack Russell terrier -- Anecdotes
Human-animal relationships -- Anecdotes
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology.
PETS -- Dogs -- General.
Jack Russell terrier
Human-animal relationships
Genre/Form Anecdotes
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781412815970