Friday, August 29, 2008

Hillary - A Farewell

This is Hillary - Often called Hoya by the students of Georgetown University.

The following is a memorial message on the website of the breeder of this beautiful dog. When Hillary was about 7 and she was retired from professionally showing, she was given to my literary agent Carole Sargent. Carole has loved and cared for Hillary for more than 8 additional years. During her tenure with Carole at Georgetown, Hillary was given a beloved alias by the students. She was called Hoya and was part of a dynamic duo of beautiful standard poodles who were unofficial mascots for the Bulldogs as they bolted their way year after year into the contingency for the Final Four each basketball season. Hillary and I never met, but she was so dear and precious to my new friend and agent, that I wanted you to have the opportunity to pray for Carole during these hard and celebrated times. I wanted you to know a little about Hillary in hopes that she may spread just that much more light on you today!

In Memory of Ch. Pinafore Parrish Hill
(July 1, 1993 - August 27, 2008)

Hillary was the foundation bitch for ParrisHill. After retirement she lived in Washington, DC, with her daughter Bettina until she passed peacefully in the arms of her devoted owner.

Hillary led a truly charmed life. She was a service dog who loved to travel. She finished her championship shown by Kaz Hosaka. She met Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and Roger Straus, one of the founders of the publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She visited Random House in New York, she rode to the top of Seattle's Space Needle, and she went to San Francisco, Charleston, Philadelphia, and many more exciting cities. She marched with Provost James J. O'Donnell in the New Student Convocation at Georgetown University, and her exploits with Bettina were featured twice in Poodle Review! Until her twilight years, her days were filled with outdoor romps, and she loved leaping to catch tennis balls.

This photo was taken March 16, 2008; she turned 15 on July 1, still healthy and active. Hillary was the oldest-living alumna of ParrisHill Standard Poodles.

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