It means ELMO...Elmo is a Shihtzu and this is his classic 'before and after' shot. After 25 years in the biz, I am still enthralled by the transformation and attitudes of our little hairy friends. They look so homeless and forlorn when they first come into the shop, sad to be away from 'Mom' , knowing that they are gonna have ta' sit still for a whole hour...unheard of...but what about the cat next door...what about the mailman, who will let him know I'm here?
We have harnessed the love of the creatures since the dawn of time, making them our companions of another realm, trying to understand who they are and why they exist... is it only for our pleasure? And who is really the master here?
The compassion for another living creature was, until recently, thought to be only a human trait, but now we ponder. Many great beasts show compassion and caring, love of family, sadness in death. Do we need to learn more from our brother the beast or are we the beast. Killing not for food, but for things, land, gems, gold, resources, other human beings. You don't see them selling each other out for their good. Only man will go down in history as the selfless, greedy creature, bent on consuming all that crosses his path.
Do we need to learn from the simplest of creatures, to take only what is needed for survival, not to take from others, to share in the pack for the survival of all. Our numbers have grown to such a staggering state, that they threaten the mere existence of the entire planet.
But when it is finished...who will be the survivor here...will it be the super bug, resistant to all toxins man has poured on the very fiber of life. Will the future human be relative to the despised cockroach...or have we gone full circle...it is time for a new dawn.