CORE STORIES, MY ESSAYS

RAISING DOGS

I raised my dogs like humans. That’s all I knew how to do.

I didn’t know how to raise a dog like a dog – why would I know that?

If I had been a dog and had human pets, I would have raised my humans like dogs.

Once when my brother came out to Portland, Oregon to visit and met our three dogs, Howdy, Rascal and Pele, and then returned home to Massachusetts, my mother called me.

She said, do you know what your brother said?

I said, no.

He said, Ma, Sharon’s dogs are like humans.

My mother responded to him, I don’t doubt that.

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