North Kinsman was dedicated to Kim Dunham’s dog, Trail. Kim’s the North Woodstock, New Hampshire postmaster and has been wonderfully supportive of both myself and Atticus since we moved here.
This is what Kim wrote about her Trail:
Trail came into my life quite by accident, or maybe I should say that fate brought me to her. In the spring of 2005 my good friend lost her companion of 14 years, Domino (see Owl's Head dedication). Domino succumbed to complications from diabetes. Several weeks after Domino passed on, I brought her leftover diabetic supplies to the Nashua NH Humane Society. Being a dog lover and owner most of my life, I could not leave without a visit to see the dogs available for adoption. I rounded the corner and there she was! This adorable 6 month old mixed breed looked me in the eyes and I knew I was about to gain a new best friend. I brought her home and our life together began!
The next morning Trail and I headed for Pack Monadnock Mountain for a hike, as I did almost every day before work. It was obvious that she had never been in the woods, never smelled all the fascinating nature smells, never probably even been for a walk. That day is where the name "Trail" was born as it became obvious that she was meant to be on the trail with me.
Since then we have moved to the White Mountains and Trail has become quite the hiking partner. She never seems to mind when I need to take extra breaks and she keeps all my minor hiking mishaps to herself. Every day I am thankful for Trail, even when it is -10 below and she wakes me at 2 a.m. to go outside. Oh yeah, and by the way, I do believe that little Domino has looked down on me with a wink and a smile.