We admire the heroic vigilance of our canine friends as watch dogs and protectors of our lives and property.  That’s why I love shots like this, showing our puppies at rest after the exertions of their labors on our behalf.  In January ’07, I blogged these valiant creatures as “fire dogs.”

Today in the aftermath of Gustav, I celebrate them as “hurricane watchmen.”  Behold the heroic spark in their penetrating gaze, which inspired confidence in all of us at the peak of the storm when our human frailty bid us fear.  Yay, what steadfast creatures!