Leonard: The Early Days
mother and I were on our annual Mother's Day trip. We had planned to drive
through Sequoia National Park on our way down to the Kern River, but due
to a series of unplanned events we ended up staying at the Kings Canyon
Lodge, just outside of Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra Mountains
of California. We arrived at the lodge in the late afternoon, the day
before Mother's Day, 1992. My mom went to check in and one of the men
who works at the lodge took me over to show me our cabin. Suddenly, from
around the corner three of the cutest puppies I had ever seen came running
up to us. The minute I saw them I knew that my mom was in troubleshe
was without a dog for the first time in many years. I remember saying
"Wait until my mom sees these puppies."
2 months old
the time mom stepped outside to join me I had
focused on one of them. He was the only male and he
seemed to be calmer than the other two. When mom
saw them I remember hearing a strange groan come out
of her. I think she knew right away that she was going to
have another dog in her life. After we had settled into
our cabin, we went back outside to play with the puppies.
Mom reached down to pick up our favorite and he literally
threw his arms around her neck. I had never seen anything
like it. After a few minutes of holding him, she was a goner.
Jess & Leonard: first day home
the next morning, Mother's Day, mom knew for sure that
she wanted to keep the puppy. We canceled the rest of our
trip so that we could take him straight home to her place.
There was a period of tension though because the owner
was not there and we were told that he might want to keep
the male puppy. While we were waiting for the owner mom
decided to name the puppy Leonard, after Leonard Peltier.
The owner finally arrived and after some reluctance on his
part, he agreed that we could take him. We were so happy
and excited. We packed up the car and the puppy and
has had several wonderful dogs in her life, but Leonard has been the sweetest,
gentlest, and most devoted of them all. I think that his many fans would
agree with me. I couldn't have planned a better Mother's Day present.
in the garden