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A Chip Off the Old Black

A Chip Off the Old Black

by Arthur Black
edition:Hardcover
tagged : essays
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A Series of Dogs

A Series of Dogs

by John Armstrong
edition:Paperback
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tagged : animals
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It happened while walking home from the bus stop on Oak Street and it hit me like the light hit Saul on the road to Damascus. The thunderbolt, the Sicilians call it — overwhelming love at first sight, obliterating everything else. The stomach falls through your feet like an astronaut in orbit, the world drops away in a blur of colour and muffled sound, reducing vision like the pinpoint of a surgical laser focused on the object of adoration: a dingo puppy in the window of the Fin & Feathers pet store on the south side of Broadway, a store I had been in many times but rarely even looked at now. It had mostly goldfish, small lizards and tropical birds though it carried the occasional tarantula, which was always noteworthy even if five minutes of tapping on the glass and staring at it meant twenty minutes of searching the bed and shaking the covers and curtains before crawling in at bedtime. I knew it was a dingo because the sign behind the glass in the corner of his showcase pen said “Australian Dingo Puppy — $100.” He was orangey-brown and white and roly-poly and when I stopped in front of the glass he went wild from the attention, scratching and climbing up the window trying to get through. I stood there for a few minutes touching the glass and watching him before I realized all I had to do was go inside and I did, banging the door off the inside wall and setting the cockatiels and parrots and budgerigars to terrified squawking. The hamsters took it in stride but the man behind the counter leaped up and shouted at me. I had no time for him. My hands were already in the window box. The dingo was quivering with happiness and turning frantic circles of joy, wanting to be petted everywhere at once and I tried to oblige. He nipped and licked my hands with slobbery dog kisses. He was very lonely. Is there any other animal that is instinctively happy to see a human being? A puppy will head straight to your hands even though it’s never seen a human in its short little life. Even a stray mutt on the street who’s been starved and beaten and abandoned will look at you with hope and anticipation, his innate attraction to humans inextinguishable. Dogs have a naturally high opinion of people that nothing we’ve done accounts for; they expect and anticipate the best from us and nothing will really dissuade them of it. Not even experience.

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A Very Lonely Planet

A Very Lonely Planet

Love, Sex, and the Single Guy
by Ryan Bigge
edition:Paperback
tagged : relationships
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Adventures With Ollie

Adventures With Ollie

by Adrian Chamberlain
edition:eBook
tagged : animals, essays, breeds
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Adventures with Ollie

Adventures with Ollie

by Adrian Chamberlain
edition:Hardcover
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Almost Green

Almost Green

How I Built an Eco-Shed, Ditched My SUV, Alienated the In-Laws, and Changed My
by James Glave
edition:Paperback
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tagged : environmental conservation & protection, sustainable living
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America, but Better

America, but Better

The Canada Party Manifesto
by Chris Cannon & Brian Calvert
edition:Paperback
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tagged : political
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