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  1. An Adventure with Toby the Wonderdog

    Toby and his human companion explore and climb the Roaches in England.

    Animals
  2. In Memory of Sid or Alex

    What do you do when you know your aged goldfish is dying? You write about him. “I believe every animal deserves to have its story heard. So this has been the memoir of Sid or Alex, the 14-year-old goldfish who died on February 24th, 2018. He was a good fish.”

    Animals
  3. Dog-Saved

    “In the space of two weeks, I changed from a disheartened, unmotivated, lethargic ghost, to a person with something to live for.” At Marty South, Madeline Lucas reflects on Daisy, her Japanese Spitz, and how this dog has become incredibly precious to her and her family.

    Animals
  4. What We Don’t Eat

    Jess and Graham’s aging Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bromley, has been a difficult dog to get close to: “she’s a miserable, loveless creature with no need to please anyone.” But after a bone cancer scare, they finally figure out how to love her.

    Animals
  5. A very good dog

    Lacy reflects on her aging dog, Una: “I know that summer and its fruit, like the life of a good dog, won’t last long. Or at least not nearly long enough.”

    Animals
  6. That Pinnacle Moment

    In which Fifi Mcleod recalls the hilarious story of how her pup, Tinkle, ate the carpet, expelled rope poo out of his pooter, and had to go on doggy Xanax.

    Animals
  7. Losing a Pet in an Autistic Household

    On how an Autistic son copes with loss: “At last, he asked how I felt. A grief inquisition ensued. As if he knew emotion collapses me inward, Tyoma tugged and pulled each word out of me, like an invasive, but beneficial medical procedure.”

    Autism
    By Tyoma
  8. Finding Ourselves at Montrose Dog Beach

    Will on guidance from his dogs: “He raced in one direction . . . then chased a floating leaf, then jumped on a bench . . . then took off running happier than before. He had no idea what he was doing and he loved every minute of it. I can relate.”

    Animals
  9. StuART

    Stuart the Scottish Terrier captures his own self-portrait, then uploads it to his blog with the help of his “typist.”

    Animals
  10. My Favorite Animal Longreads of 2016

    Pam Mandel from Nerd’s Eye View shares her favorite stories about animals from 2016.

    Animals
    Photo by Pam Mandel
  11. A Woof is My Word For Love

    A family’s eternal love for their first pet: “Every tiny, beautiful memory of ours is a fort that protects him. Every time we talk about him, we give that fort a fresh coat of paint. Every time we utter his name, the fort’s doors open and the black boy comes running out, with his long tongue out.”

    Animals
  12. Why I Hate My Dog

    “In evolving with us for tens of thousands of years, maybe dogs became not just exemplars of happiness but, like humans, emotionally fragile creatures.” At Longreads, author Richard Gilbert paints a lighthearted portrait of Belle Krendl, his weird rescue dog.

    Animals
  13. The Invisible Leash

    Companion animals, liberty, and responsibility: “Probably I saw in my leashless dog some symbolic manifestation of my own freedom, as I liked to imagine it. We were both rebels, a little bit, it felt like, as we walked along together, but separate.”

    Animals
  14. Through It All, There Was a Dog

    “If a soul dog is an animal who accompanies you along this sometimes painful and often terrifying road, then clearly Thomas fits that description.” Writer Jen Bowman on how her dog helped her through a failed marriage, divorce, and remarriage.

    Personal Musings