Trying to get everything together, organized, packed, rehearsed for the tour… Arko, the big dog pictured above, is not well. Must find time on Monday morning before rehearsals to get him to the vet. His hip is really bothering him. Can barely get around now. Got stronger meds already, but the dog is starting to refuse to eat altogether, even his favorite – raw meat. In the end I will have to listen to him and follow his wishes. Such a proud dog! One of my engineers once remarked that Arko could have been a monk in his previous life, who had mistakenly returned as a Tibetan Mastiff… I have often felt that somebody was wearing a dog mask… you know like those guys in gorilla costumes in old movies – that’s how Arko often seemed to me. But damn is he stubborn… I have a great photo on the wall of Arko wearing a red and white Santa Claus hat. Took the photo for a holiday card a few years ago. I will scan it and show it to you. Looks very calm and serious.