Alice Hardesty and her dog Bacho

Bacho Press

Of course there are many advantages of being published by a commercial house. You get an editor, a nice name on the spine of your book, and help with marketing. However, there are certain advantages to self-publishing. The process can be much faster, you have more control over the product, and you get to pick the name of your publishing company. Like Bacho Press.

Bacho is my dog. He is a golden retriever-border collie mix. He too has had a cancer challenge.

Bacho was picked up as a puppy, wandering abandoned in the streets of Ashland, Oregon, where we lived. The shelter named him Bach, as in Johann Sebastian. Fortunately a nice family came along and adopted him right away, and proceeded to call him Bach for two years. Then the family had to move away and couldn’t take him along. Our German shepherd had just died and I was still mourning, but Jack had already started looking at the pet-adoption column in the local paper and suggested that we go and “look at” this dog. Of course we fell in love with him and took him home the next day. We both felt that “Bach” was far too presumptuous for a dog, and Jack had the habit of adding an “o” to most anything as a term of endearment, so Bach soon became Bacho.

Bacho, golden-retriever border-collie mi
Bacho two eyes
Happy dog only one eye
Bacho one-eyed, happy dog

Eight years later, Bacho was diagnosed with cancer. After the initial biopsy, he was given a  depressing prognosis. The ophthalmologist told me there was no treatment for it. I was devastated. It brought back all kinds of terrible memories about Jack’s dismal prognosis. But just as Jack always did, we rallied, refused to give up, and went on to try something new — a second opinion, a risky surgery, and a happy outcome. The tumor has now been surgically removed, along with his left eye, and his prognosis is excellent. While he is no longer the cutest dog in the neighborhood in the traditional sense, he is still a handsome and very happy dog. Waiting for biopsy results and caring for a sick animal has brought back some painful memories, but Bacho’s speedy recovery and zest for life have also shown some keen similarities to Jack’s experiences. I think Jack would be pleased to know that a book about him is being published by Bacho Press.

Photo of Alice and Bacho above, Small Planet Photography

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Next from Bacho Press?

vieil-etang-matsuo-basho-L-1Matsuo Basho, the great 17th Century haiku master, was often accompanied by his disciples as he walked the Japanese countryside. So it is that I accompany Bacho on our ambles through Northeast Portland, each of us savoring the beauty of nature in our own way. As Bacho sniffs, I compose. The next book from Bacho Press is likely to be Walking With Bacho: Portland HaikuStay tuned.

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