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Peter Makuck: Out and Back

Probably my tenth trip to the front window in an hour.  I’m looking at the yard, cellphone in hand, getting footage of my neighbor’s German Shepherd.  He crosses the street, trots up … Continue reading

April 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Mike Vargo: Going Big | Personal Identity and Higher Causes

I was not expecting to walk into a dogfight that morning. The time was shortly before noon on a clear, crisp Sunday in November. I had come to the Goodwill … Continue reading

April 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Maryfrances Wagner: After Adopting Sylvie

reminds our rescued dog that once
she made her way on ditch water,
careless mice, and spilled trash

March 30, 2022 · 3 Comments

Joe Kadi: The Charmed Life of Danny Lopez

Some of us are blessed to be born into a time when daily life aligns beautifully.

January 15, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jacqueline Boyd: Dogs and TV | Here’s what we know about how they respond

Some of our canine friends – particularly those dogs who have only known life with their owners since the pandemic began – are now experiencing some difficulties adapting to this new lifestyle. So, any tool which can provide stimulation and entertainment can be helpful to minimise their distress and keep them happy and healthy.

January 1, 2022 · 3 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Away from the Manger

Too late, I spotted Baby Jesus’ feet sticking out of Punkin’s mouth – snatched from the tabletop nativity scene. I flew across the room to rescue the Prince of Peace. Punkin took a big gulp, and Jesus disappeared down his gullet.

December 23, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: In Dog Years

A celebration of old dogs, from the people who love them most.

October 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Angela fell in love with her monkeys

Hearing about Angela’s monkeys
And thinking of Winchester
Barking at the bursting sky
Reminded me of Moondog

May 29, 2021 · 11 Comments

Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: How to Like It

These are the first days of fall. The wind
at evening smells of roads still to be traveled,
while the sound of leaves blowing across the lawns
is like an unsettled feeling in the blood,
the desire to get in a car and just keep driving.

September 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

Robert Wrigley: Narrating Night to the New Puppy Gladys

These are clouds and those are stars, while over there, the headlights of cars. Up from the east ridge the full moon’s rise reflected on the west in a whitetail’s … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Adès: One Manifestation of Compassion

I did the only humane thing left

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Leslie McGrath: The Death of Dogs

In the middle of the night when he thinks
I’m asleep, Bill will weep without sound
shaking the bed like a curse at God

January 15, 2020 · 12 Comments

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