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Literary Mama Rewind: Dogs

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Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind! Every few weeks we'll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns, and reviews from the Literary Mama archives relating to a particular theme. They guard our houses, make us laugh, and many times take over our lives, but the dogs we keep also end up taking over our hearts. This week we have stories about the canine companions who share our lives.

Our first au pair killed the neighbor's dog the morning after she came to Alabama. She was eighteen and looked like her name in Finnish: Satu -- a fairytale.

Rule #1 of the Pet Visiting Program: Control and Protect Your Pet. Maureen fears Ike could hurt himself or others in his great bounding happiness...

One evening at dinner our daughter Dara read us an article about a child with diabetes who was raising money for an alert dog. Until then we were unaware that dogs existed who could alert their person to dangerously high or low blood sugars—a situation Dara herself runs into often enough despite performing between ten and twelve blood tests daily on her calloused fingertips. How do dogs manage this remarkable feat?

  • Adopting Elvis by Lizbeth Finn-Arnold from the Column Mom and Pop Culture

My husband, Mike, looks at me and says bluntly, "You know this is a mistake."
The cashier hands Mike his credit-card receipt, and my husband signs his name on the line. I look down at the eight-week-old baby cradled in my arms.

Sneaking around the dog park
like some kind of puppy pervert

Each Saturday morning my daughter becomes
a puppy. This continues for an hour or more,
before and after our breakfast.

Each night, her canine sentry
keeps guard
from her husband's
side of the bed.

Stop wagging your tail. This is serious.
What were you thinking?


Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer and blogger, focusing on nature and science stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Terrain.org, Newfound, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.


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