This is Elka.
She was a very good author dog.
Sadly her time here with her people was all too short, and last week she made her transition to the great dogpark that awaits us all.
Here's what her leash-holder had to say about Elka:
This is my favorite picture of Elka. It makes me happy every time I see it, and is probably the best photograph I will take in my entire life.
I took it through sheer luck. She isn't always pleased to have the camera (or cell phone) in her face, especially if we're on a walk and there's just! so! much! to! see! I forget why I had the camera out; We were at a new park, and I must have seen the merit in something she was doing, or I was going to ask her for a behavior, but instead I waited.
See, Elka likes looking at things that fly. She dances around with stray moths in the house, she looks up for an airplane or a helicopter if she hears them (but they're just too fast), and birds....well, when I took this picture, she'd just watched a bird hop across an expanse of grass and take wing, and then whipped around and looked at me as if to say "Did you just see that?" Sheer joy and wonder.
I thought about sending you the picture of her in bunny ears, but I guess I'll save that 'til I query you.
Elka, we'll miss you.