Daily Archives: November 5, 2010
Way to go Dr. Coren! If your plan was to have your readers crying by page 13, you did it. Kudos to you!
I’m starting to think this book may be a tough one to get through.
It sounded like the truth and only cleaning up after a disease could justify using such awful smelly stuff to wash the floors and walls. It was then that I finally began to believe that Skipper was really dead. I turned to the bucket with its malodorous disinfectant solution and began to damp mop every surface of the house that I could reach — no other dog was going to die in that house if I could help it. I cleaned everything so vigorously that I could barely lift my arms at the end of the day. That night I fell asleep dreaming of God sitting on a white throne, with Skippy curled up next to his foot. Skipper was still my dog; he hadn’t run away from me because I wasn’t kind to him. I was sad, but God was a good person whom I could trust to take care of my dog until I got to be with him again.
Stanley Coren tells the story so many of us dog people already know. Be it distemper or parvo or a host of other infectious canine diseases… we all know too well the feelings that accompany washing down your home, feeling the pain of the life lost the fear of further loses and the hope that you have the power to prevent them. But, on page thirteen, in the words above, that story comes through the eyes of a boy barely old enough for grade school – an experience I can only begin to fathom.
So, wish me luck getting through the rest. An enjoyable, albeit emotional, read so far. 😉