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October 23, 2013

Helen Keller's Dogs


Helen had lived with dogs in her parents home and had had a Cocker Spaniel as a young girl, but she became the guardian of her own dog in 1902 when she was given a Boston Bull Terrier, the proto-type of today's Boston Terrier breed.

The dog was a gift from Helen's friends at Radcliffe College. Sir Thomas was known to have a particularly sweet and calm temperament which probably made him an adept informal service dog. He regularly accompanied his mistress to lectures and would wait patiently until class was over and then accompany her back home.

As close as she was to Thomas, Helen Keller's real canine love came later in her life. In the 1930s when Keller was in her fifties she visited Japan on a speaking tour. Keller had great regard for Japanese culture and was very popular on her visit. While in Japan she heard the story of Hachiko, the famously loyal Akita. Keller expressed interest in getting an Akita of her own and before she left the country she was gifted a young Akita pup, named Kamikaze-Go. Sadly, the dog passed away at the age of 7 1/2 months from distemper. Keller was devastated. Hearing of her heart break the Japanese government arranged for her to receive another Akita pup, Kenzan-Go, the younger brother of Kamikaze. Go-Go as Keller called him was a loyal companion and a source of endless delight to her until the end of his days. Through the two dogs Keller introduced the Akita breed to the United States. She called her Akita companions "angels in fur."


October 13, 2013


Se Me Van


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I love this group.

I gotta include Eljuri, her album En Paz was one of the best albums of 2008, regardless of the language, check out Peligrosa, Tierras, Yo Soy and Una Ola, she is quite a talent.

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