The Dog in the Clouds

Years ago I was in Kathmandu after a run of luck that included being crushed in a wreck, later paralyzed, and eventually sentenced to death for espionage (the Burmese version of a good film review). In the middle of the night during a Himalayan thunderstorm I saw a dog in the clouds. I believed with all my heart that I would find that dog.

Two years later I was tired of waiting for the matching dog, and one day I grabbed the first puppy available in the classifieds. His name was Orville, and he was the dog of a lifetime. He gave his life up for me in the greatest act of selflessness I have ever experienced.







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  • May 15, 2012 12:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brian Beker

    Thank you so much to my favorite dog web site for posting the video of my beautiful Lab Orville. He meant the world to me, and not a minute goes by when I don’t miss him. The story in the video is turning into a book, and making it needs your risk-free support on Kickstarter. Will you please check it out? http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ambassador/the-dog-in-the-clouds-multimedia-e-book-dog-memoir

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      June 6, 2012 10:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Star

      I cried watching this story. He is with you in spirit.

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      June 10, 2012 12:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
      tami

      i have an dog who was my angel sent when i needed him and when he passed i was heartbroken and swore id never own another dog again because it hurts to much when they leave this world. then charlie the beagle (by the way said id never own a beagle because they seemed to only listen when they want to) couldnt stay w his owner so came to live w me. then daisy THE BEAGLE came to live with me she was found in a hole in the woods w no way to escape. i found ummm she found me at the animal shelter crawled into by lap crying. to think i said to the shelter employees noooo more beagles for me i almost left w out seeing her. then comes lu the BEAGLE who was a stray for 4 months and has liver cancer. i was told lu would live out the rest of his life at the rescue and the thought of him dying alone in a crate broke my heart. even tho i know im in for heartbreak i could not turn any of them away. and i believe they are all w me for a reason. i hope w all of my heart that you found yourself a new dog to love. my clyde the coonhound was the dog that was my angel. he had cancer but sometimes i swear i still feel him near. i ha dwrote a book about him because he had gone thru so much but nev got around to finding a publisher. i hope you have great luck w your book and i cant wait to read it

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    May 15, 2012 1:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    This is a beautiful story – and I know there is much more to it. It truly is a blessing when Dog comes into our lives. I want to share this with you…I know that you will appreciate it. And I look forward to reading the book.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/GoD-and-DoG/106544632715272?ref=ts&sk=videos

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      May 15, 2012 7:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you Yes, it is a blessing. Every dog is a godsend.

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  • May 15, 2012 4:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Dot

    I saw the excerpt – very, very touching.

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  • May 15, 2012 4:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Durinda

    Beautiful!

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  • May 15, 2012 4:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandra

    OMG… :-(

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    May 15, 2012 4:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Phillip

    Are y’all trying to make me cry some more? I don’t appreciate it, even if I can claim it’s just bad allergies.

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  • May 15, 2012 4:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gale Doug

    a wonderful tribute.. very sorry for your loss ♥ peace

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  • May 15, 2012 4:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Loura

    I lost My Boo (Bear) to cancer. I look forward to reading this.

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    May 15, 2012 4:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kimberly

    We truly don’t deserve our 4-legged friends. Their love is pure and unconditional. We could learn a thing or two from dogs. Such is the love of dogs. Bless them.

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  • May 15, 2012 4:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    So wonderful pics…
    Thanks for sharing. They’re all so cuteee…

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    May 15, 2012 4:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janet

    so true i lost my jessy last year they love you no matter what x

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  • May 15, 2012 4:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kevin

    i had a yellow lab his name was yeller best dog i ever had

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    May 15, 2012 4:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
    DrBeverly

    Touched my heart.

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    May 15, 2012 4:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anna

    IF You haven’t cried in a long, long time.. YOU ought to grab a tissue box now! … Yea, even men can/ are allowed to cry/ to weep…

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    May 15, 2012 4:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    That was beautiful!!

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  • May 15, 2012 4:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    WOW! Tears!

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  • May 15, 2012 4:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Margie

    that is a good story saw it this am on life with dogs

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    May 15, 2012 4:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bev

    Touching.

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  • May 15, 2012 4:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Betty

    beautiful baby boy..

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    May 15, 2012 4:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    ♥♥ ♥♥

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    May 15, 2012 4:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gloria

    Très attendrissant!! Tears….

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  • May 15, 2012 5:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    Dogs are a gift from God….unconditional love and total loyalty. Can’t get much better than that. I can’t imagine my life with out my hounds….♥

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  • May 15, 2012 5:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gail

    I can’t read these sorrowful stories about dogs.

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    May 15, 2012 5:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    judy

    I wish you would have said what you discovered on top of that mountain that day!!!! About Oroville and all dogs!!!!

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      May 15, 2012 6:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Brian Beker

      The story of what happens on the mountain is best left for the book, but don’t worry, it will be in there. It’s a beautiful tribute to a good dog.

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  • May 15, 2012 5:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joan

    I think God allows us these loyal & loving dogs to prove to us we can be like that too. Wonderful story … losing a dear friend, sweet loving ‘kid’ like Orville is always heartbreaking, but he crossed that bridge and watches over you still, I believe!

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    May 15, 2012 5:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sunny

    omg.. what a story.. loved it …

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    May 15, 2012 5:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Oh Blimey…That is so beautiful…but so,so sad as well…xx

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    May 15, 2012 6:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy G

    I’m so sorry for your loss Brian. Our Lab is 15 years old.

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      May 15, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Wow – you’re so lucky, and so is s/he, Sandy! How is your little 15-year-old puppy feeling? Hips okay?

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    May 15, 2012 6:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Addis

    <3

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  • May 15, 2012 6:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Allyson

    I am sorry for your loss, and also, your gain. Orville was beautiful.
    Why does it hurt so much even 10 yrs after they pass?
    Blessed Be.

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    May 15, 2012 6:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    God Bless you and Orville… He was …. Sent from Heaven… and then returned…. <3 I am in tears… but somehow how a smile on my face….

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  • May 15, 2012 6:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Valerie

    Sorry for your loss.

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  • May 15, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brian

    That anonymous was me, Sandy, wondering about your 15-year-old…

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  • May 15, 2012 8:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    lynne

    So sorry. Be free Orville.

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    May 15, 2012 9:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mary

    so sweet, wonderful dog, wonderful story <3

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  • May 15, 2012 9:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debi

    I wish I could understand why some can only stay awhile, so sorry Orville had to leave, he’s with my profile pic Abby now. Prayers for strength through your sadness, heartbreak and maybe like me, for the first time, anger too. I still scream why.

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    May 15, 2012 10:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Peg

    Oh no… I am already crying just reading the description.

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