Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Carter Dome Will Be Hiked For Fargo

"We adopted Fargo from the SPCA in Stratham, New Hampshire in January 1997. A week after we lost our sweet golden retriever Bradie to cancer, we stopped at the SPCA on a Saturday. Fargo was there as a stray. He had been tied to the door of the SPCA in a snowstorm, with no note, no information. Fargo came home with us – it took us just a few hours to come up with his name, but it fit perfectly. Fargo became a great hiking companion. A year later we acquired a German shepherd puppy, Aria, and they loved each other. We hiked many trails and numerous peaks together, including the Carters. Everyone loved Fargo. Once someone left a note on our car windshield while we were in a grocery store, that said, “You must love this dog, he has the most beautiful face.” Sadly we lost Fargo to cancer in October 2007, a disease that takes far too many dogs. We know the importance of places like MSPCA-Angell to dogs and their owners. Thank-you." Given by Ellen and Srini.

(You can see more photos of Fargo here, on Ellen Snyder's fine website,

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