Shortly after we moved into the apartment in Yangmingshan, we went hunting for a dog. We wanted one that would add that third layer of apartment protection as well as provide us with some companionship.
South of the East Compound and in an alley, the dog seller was found. In August of 1968, the heat was oppressive every day. This picture was taken after we bought ours.
The name had been already picked out, so now we chose. The day we bought Cecil, the assortment of these mixed Spitz pups was about six.
They were all asleep, so we chose a couple that had brown spots. Out from the cage they came, with a swipe from a wet towel to wake them up.
One actually walked toward us, and the pick was made. After haggling over a dollar or two, we took the dog home. We were assured that we had a male.
The battle for dominance began early. This dog would maintain eye contact which is rare. She allowed us to believe we were in charge. Her behavior, though, indicated otherwise.
She always seemed to have a purpose in her busy little life.
Since she cried every time we went to bed, Cecil soon joined us. During the winter, we used our electric blanket. She was firmly planted between our pillows.
If we moved during the night, she growled. See the pattern yet?
After growing to about 15 pounds, Cecil was out the door at 5 a.m. She awoke her other dog friends and off they would go for the day.
She would often come back looking filthy. Three or four baths each week were not uncommon. Her breath would smell heavily of garlic.
She and her friends raided the garbage at the hotel near the entrance of DaHeng Road.
Once we got her to accept the leash, which took about 10 months, we could take her anywhere, including Shimending. Here, we are on the road to the Grass Mountain Hostel.
Next came getting the ROC government to sign off. The association with the Blue Sky clinic didn't hurt.