Sunday, February 08, 2009
An Instant Classic?
Margaret's done it again!
Anyone who's received an email from me will recognize the quotation from my signature line. Our friend, MaryAnn in Southern California noticed it and had a great suggestion. We should put it on a shirt. And so we have, and they're now available at our CafePress storefront. And not just shirts but hats and coffee mugs as well.
Gace de la Vigne was a French poet who may also be found under "de la Bigne", and lived either in the 14th or 15th century. In other words, details about his biography are rather sketchy. What is known, is that he wrote extensively about dogs, as any Google search will turn up. He was, in fact, the first person to use the word "terrier".
I first heard of of him on Steve Bodio's Querencia blog way back in 2005, when he wrote the following:
By the way, Gace de la Vigne is also author of someting I want engraved on silver:"De chiens, d'oyseaux, d'armes, d'amours,
Until that point, I was changing the quote on my email signature on a regular basis. Once I read this short, simple but powerful statement, I was certain I wouldn't change the quote again. And I haven't.
Currently, we've "stocked" the store with Scottish Deerhound and Galgo Espanol (which could pass for longdog, staghound, and lurcher in a pinch) products. We're hustling to get Greyhounds, Salukis, and Afghan hounds up. Other breeds can be added if there is enough demand.
MaryAnn predicts this item will become a "classic". We hope she's right.