The loud, proud, fabulous falcon

Some days seem dull and dreary beyond redemption, when the Earth itself appears to cringe beneath a ponderous mass of ashcolored clouds. All luminosity is absent. Hillsides look funereal, garbed in thirsty, exhausted chaparral.
Suddenly amid all the drabness in the rural Agoura countryside, an unusual bird with a distinctive profi le materializes to perch fearlessly on a chain-link fence that encloses a 95-pound Doberman pinscher.
The dog is black and tan, a portrait of fitness and power on lo...

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