We walked along the water front street of La Conner Washington, stopping at each public courtyard and looking out at the channel. It was at one such place that we came across a bronze statue of a funny looking dog with a misshapen jaw. A nearby plaque told the story of a stray dog named Dirty Biter. Despite his imperfections Dirty Biter was much loved by the town people, enough that they had honored him, giving him his own special place on a bench to be appreciated by all who walked by. I gave the bronze dog a pat on the head and said a thanks to Dirty Biter’s spirit for inspiring such a moving tribute. To love a stray, imperfect animal is a beautiful thing.