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[real life] Sterling At The Gates

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A dog’s will to live is its raison d’être. Dogs do not suffer Albert Camus’s “one truly serious philosophical problem” of suicidal ideation. The canine affirmation is automatic and compulsory — a dog will never choose to end his or her life. It simply can’t. Dogs live, and only live.

A dog, by extension, affirms all lives it touches. Life’s entirety, of course, comprises a spectrum of emotions and ricocheting perspectives on reality — from nihilism to optimism, frustration to contentment, abandonment to love. A dog brought home becomes a nexus and repository for all that home’s experiences, memories and outlook.

Projecting a dog’s POV through ours, there’s beauty in their affirming life while (perhaps) never knowing that life is an opt in/out choice. The phrase “dogged determination” is doggone true. We don’t know what a dog knows, but we sense — and communicate through — some kind of mutual sentience. The true paradox of our cross-species communication surfaces as our dogs act with intention: we know they think — but only because we can’t tell what they’re thinking. 

(The know-can’t-tell paradox will also be true in determining whether an artificial intelligence achieves true sentience, but this story here’s about organic lifeforms. Ignore the robots around us, for now.)

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[img] *the* truth, not *a* truth

As a dog’s reflection is of *the* dog, not *a* dog, the opposite of a lie is *the* truth, not *a* truth.
February 20, 2016 at 04:38PM
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[img] biggest head contest 2015.0428c

biggest head contest 2015.0428c
April 28, 2015 at 10:02AM
artwork: “fat boy” (2013) by leonard ursachi
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[vid] snowdog 0221b: 4th ave median

[vid] snowdog 0221b: 4th ave median


The elusive Brooklyn Cù-Sìth.

According to legend, the creature was capable of hunting silently, but would occasionally let out three terrifying bays, and only three, that could be heard for miles by those listening for it, even far out at sea. Those who hear the baying of the Cù-Sìth must reach safety by the third bark or be overcome with terror to the point of death…


[vine] c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon… no? ok, fine.


facing wednesday


morning walk guest star


sunday: shaded sterling

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saturday: sterling

Photo taken at: Prospect Park

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sterling: prince of central park

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saturdog morning

sterling, a portrait of the urban westie.