Thank you all for your kind words about my Oley and his passing. Your words have meant more to me than I can say. He was a wonderful friend, and I will miss him all my days.
The image above is a hand-tinted postcard from Italy that dates to the early 1900's. In it is a Maremma Sheepdog, one of Oley's ancestors, protecting his flock as it moves from one place to another in the Italian countryside.