1st Edition

We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear
Intimations of Their Immortality

Edited By

Alston Chase

ISBN 9781412854023
Published July 30, 2014 by Routledge
250 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

More than a hauntingly beautiful memoir about small dogs in Big Sky country, this book is a wise account of the relationships among dogs, humans, and the land that surrounds them. It is the story of successive generations of Jack Russell terriers, their animal friends, and their human companions. Alston Chase searches for the immortality of dogs, what makes them unique companions, and why we humans willingly give them our hearts knowing that someday they will be broken. This book will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a dog.

Chase muses that dogs are the embodiment of spirit over mortality and through the window of their brief lives we glimpse eternity. This eternal includes the Earth, the land, and the bonds forged between people and dogs over thousands of years. Chase sees threats in the decline of rural life, unbridled urbanization, and in dog breeders who judge by conformation to breed standards and fashion rather than ability and health.

An uplifting tribute to the dogs we love, and a reflection on the limitations of life, this book shows a triumph of the spirit. Rich in poetic citations, it is an environmental cry for help, a naturalistic appreciation of a dissolving world, and a deeply spiritual reminder that nothing loved is ever lost.

Table of Contents



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. Searching 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 Summer
22. Bungee's Winter
23. Cricket
24. A Sporting Dog
25. Ghosts
26. Eternity
27. Millegan Return

Epilogue: The Future of Dogs

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