Here's an update:
Shadow is even more at home now one year later. He's a great companion
for our other Field, Jake, and for the rest of the family. He's as sweet
as ever. His passion in life is yodeling whenever he hears a siren, and
harmonizing when we sing. He has perfect pitch! We love him dearly, and
can't imagine life without him.
Shadow is a mellow nature lover who
spends weekdays in the meadows around our house in suburban Boston. He
adjusted quickly and with the intelligence of a true sporting dog when
it came time for his weekend jaunts to Martha's Vineyard. He travels
well by car from our home to the Falmouth parking
lot where we hop on a shuttle bus to the ferry in Woods Hole. He loves
the bus ride and the ferry where lots of adults, children and dogs greet
Shadow is sometimes aloof when other
dogs come up to him on the ferry. A beautiful female boxer couldn't take
her eyes off Shadow. He kept looking away from her. Finally her person
had to move her to another deck because she struggled so hard to get his
attention -- without avail. Heartbreaker!
Shadow is a celebrity dog at the
Farmer's Market in West Tisbury, greatly admired as a "real dog" by
islanders and tourists alike. Many mistake him for an English cocker,
but many islanders identify him immediately as a Field, although they're
not familiar with the black coat. His coat glistens, by the way, and
Lynn Finney must be thanked for nursing him back to good health.
Vineyarders love their dogs and welcome
Shadow into their business establishments and homes. He's been a
frequent guest at a new Tea Shop in Edgartown, several art galleries, a
jewelry studio, a home furnishings business, and of course, the pet shop
located in the three down island towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and
Edgartown. He gets loads of attention and liver treats. He seems to
prefer the attention.
He is not a toy or ball aficionado and
that is a complementary trait that fits well with Jake's (our other
Field) love of toys and balls. The two Fields, both black, are adorable
together. No fights, just good old boys hanging out together.