Puppy Adventures for the Pandemic
On January 18, 2020, as the new coronavirus was first appearing here in North America, an English Shepherd name Allie, living on hill farm in Vermont, gave birth to eight puppies. The biggest of her litter, a lovable goof his breeders named Moose, would go on to join us here in Montpelier. His name is Odin.
Ever since he arrived, Odin Briar has helped us survive the plague (while certainly adding to its challenges). He is the son of Stillwater Allagash (Allie) of Flying Bird Farm and Center Farm Wyeth Beckwith. Odin is named for the Norse god (who seems to be an all-purpose deity) and for Odonata. But by any name or lineage, Odie is joy. And joy is what we need during a pandemic. So here below are three options for your puppy joy (at a distance).
Gather the kids, make some popcorn, and stream Odin videos. All the hits: "Odie Refusing to Wake Up," for example, or "Odie's Romp with the 'Little Bear.'" Ruth and Bryan give the channel two thumbs up. So get OdieFlix »
Like Bryan and Ruth, Odie thrives in the natural world. He's been keeping a Life Bird List, but he's not an obsessive lister. He obsesses instead on other things: like puppy biting and, uh, you know, more puppy biting. Check out Odin's Life List »
The Odin Gallery
A little Ansel Adams, some Robert Mapplethorpe. Okay, that's not actually true. These are Bryan's iPhone shots. While hardly a cure for COVID-19, the slide show might nonetheless settle your mind. Tour the Gallery »
Now trending: Odin in various states of napping (and not getting full value from his puppy bed).