Festie

I’d begin to climb the stairs and I’d hear him whimpering. A few more steps, a scratch at the door. By the time I’d open the gate onto the porch, Festie would be barking, but not the alarm bark: he’d be barking the sharp yelps of joy. Though I have …

Bodhi

I got up to get another beer from the kitchen but I guess I stood up too fast and it triggered something in Bodhi, who jumped after me and actually nipped me, just a little bit, on my left butt cheek. I scolded him sternly, of course, but it was …

Nola

Nola walked into my house light-footed, bouncing on her toes like she’d been coming here her whole life. Like she’d been looking forward to this visit for days even though she couldn’t have known she was coming, and anyway, this was her first visit. She made her way confidently through …

Josie

He opens the truck and she tumbles out all legs and elbows and a thick wagging tail. A full one hundred and fifty pounds of mottled black and gold English mastiff. She lands on her feet, of course, and she knows the way to the back of the house, and …