Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen the groundswell of tributes to David Bowie. Because the man had dignity, he kept his disease largely private and out of the public eye (I admire that). We live in an age where too many often share too much.
I’m pleased to report that, as with so many things, there’s a dog connection to David Bowie. His 1974 album Diamond Dogs has a canine-themed cover:
During a photo shoot around the same time, this photo was taken. Apparently both the photographer and Bowie were startled when, according to them, the dog jumped up to try and sing:
Mr Bowie and his wife, Iman, also shared a love of dogs:
And now, as fans mourn his passing, I see that many are using their dogs for artistic tributes:
Given Bowie’s artistic talents, I think he’d approve that people are involving their dogs in expressing grief. RIP, Mr Bowie.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
I have just finished reading musician Rick Springfield’s memoir entitled Late, Late at Night. I was a fan during my high school years, had his poster on my wall, and I believe I was even a member of his official fan club. I also remember going to see him in concert (twice).
What I discovered in this book is that Springfield is also a dog person. Imagine that – even when much younger – I was attracted to people who liked dogs. There are many comments in Springfield’s memoir about the role of dogs in his early family life and through his career (you might remember that his dog Ron featured on several album covers).
Dogs acted as a source of inspiration and consistency in a life where depression was also a key player.
In January 2010, Springfield’s dog Gomer passed away. He and his people compiled a bunch of photos of the beloved dog in this tribute on YouTube. Dog people will ‘get’ this – the need to share and show how great our dog was and how much we miss them.
Having lost Daisy so recently, this tribute really resonated with me. I hope you enjoy it.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand