Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The AIDS Alphabet: Q is for Quasi, Kurt Weston's Dog

The AIDS Alphabet: Q is for Quasi (for Quasimodo), Kurt Weston's Dog

Ambrose, Kurt's guide dog taking a well-deserved nap
We need friends, especially to see us through tough times. Tough times defined by AIDS. Friends defined by man's best friend. I'd like to share here the story of one man's best friend. The man is AIDS warrior and award-winning photographer Kurt Weston. His best friend is Quasi, his dog. And now Ambrose, his guide dog.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter Seven of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS. Hope you enjoy the read.

I'll be at the Rainbow Book Fair, in NYC, 3/24. Stop by!
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness

Like his master, Kurt’s now aging dog is also a survivor. After Va’s death, Kurt continued to stay in touch with Va’s family. So, when they had a litter of puppies from their Springer Spaniel, Kurt set his heart on one of the puppies and decided it was going to be his, no matter what. Kurt even named his future pet Quasi, for Quasimodo, the protagonist’s name in the 1831 Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame that tells the story of a man born with extreme deformities, who was found abandoned on the steps of Notre Dame on Quasimodo Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter)—hence his name.
    Despite Kurt’s dreams for his furry friend, Va’s family had other plans for the litter and already had a potential buyer for Quasi. They were just waiting for the puppy to get old enough to be sold.