Due to a proliferation of inquiries off-line, it seems worth mentioning that the black critter in the banner photo on this page is a dog. It’s not a horse. The dog is Caliph (pronounced kay-liff) and was a fine, friendly, brilliantly intelligent Dobe, son of Yamel, a Canadian Grand National Best of Breed. He usually looked more dignified than he does in this photo, galumphing through crusty snow in central Vermont. He preferred to flex and strut his stuff like a little Muscle Beach denizen. I’ll post a story about him sooner or later; there were a lot of stories, but few made it into print. Caliph was wise beyond his genetics, and shed his mortal coil around 1975, no doubt to re-emerge as a First Timer real soon now.