"Snoopy didn't start off being a Beagle. It's just that 'beagle' is a funny word." 
- Charles M. Schulz

I came to being a dog lover late in life. Basil (like the herb) came to live with us when our youngest son took a job out of the country. When he fell in love and moved back to the states after being gone three years, there was no way I could give Basil up. Basil enjoys visiting his dad now, but he is definitely our dog now. He is one of my favorite subjects to capture.