Ganimedes “Gunny” Duperier was born on July 5, 1997 in Maryland. Laurie and Juan Carlos adopted him at 8 weeks old after he chose Juan Carlos as his Dad by crawling up his chest and biting his ear, a funny little trait he carried his whole life. Laurie came with the deal since Gunny was Juan Carlos’ wedding present to her.
He was confident, handsome and had a great sense of humor. He expressed pure joy by dancing around the room with a shoe in his mouth, and excelled at softly howling to Flamenco music (in the right key). He loved rolling in grass, staring at the stars at night, and feeling the sea spray on his face at the beach. And he really really really loved bread.
He lived and traveled all over the world, from Hong Kong to Switzerland to Spain to the United States. He shared his fabulous spirit with hundreds of people and made his mark on their heart. In time, and as he grew more frail, he and Laurie came to inhabit their own private world. They had the privilege of loving each other completely and unconditionally every day for almost 15 years.
While he started off as an ordinary dog, his consciousness evolved over time such that he began to really think about his life, his purpose in this world, and how to share his dog perspective with others.
Gunny jumped at the chance to co-author The Endless Path with Laurie, and spent over a hundred hours dictating his thoughts and feelings to Alexandra, his animal communicator, in response to questions that Laurie posed to him. The writing process allowed him to explore his own consciousness and purpose, and profoundly changed him. He went far beyond the simple questions that were posed to him, and made the decision to bare his soul in hopes that it would benefit people and animals alike.
He died on April 9, 2012, but occasionally sends messages to Laurie from his new home, and still looks after her from afar. His fondest hope is that you read The Endless Path and look at the non-human animal world through new eyes. And that you open your heart to all the beauty that surrounds you every day.