Hugo was tired. Not sleepy tired – done tired. No more balls to chase, sticks to carry, Frisbees to catch. He thought about these things he liked so much. Any other time he would have wanted to do them all right now. But here, lying on the sofa, now he was ready to go. He’d […]
Kaydon floated in and out, in and out. He knew as soon as he found out he had cancer that he was going to see Hugo again soon. Then he got to talk to Hugo in his dreams. Hugo had made him feel better. Since that dream, he wasn’t afraid any longer. Hugo was going […]
“I remember your name from back there,” Hugo said, rather out of the blue, to Zippy on one of their walks. “I’d hope so!” exclaimed Zippy with pride, only half-joking. “I expect Kevin talked about me a lot.” “Not a lot exactly. He compared me to you. ‘Oh, Zippy used to do that too.’ ‘Zippy […]
There wasn’t much going on. Hugo and Zippy had taken a walk where they ran into Sparky and Buster. Sparky was Kevin’s mother’s dog when she was little and had been here longer than any of the other dogs in Kevin’s family. She knew exactly what she was going to do when she saw his […]
Driver’s familiar, distinctive voice woke him. That English accent. Simon spoke the same way. “Hallo, Hugo. Decided to join me for a bit of a nap, did you?” Driver didn’t have a pack of his own so he always welcomed visitors when he wasn’t chasing birds or sleeping in the hallway.
Hugo and Zippy were at the end of an enjoyable walk on another sun-drenched afternoon. It was a lazy, meandering walk as they stopped frequently to chat with other dogs. They ran into Suzy and Baxter, who spent most of their time hanging out together. While they weren’t waiting for the same person, neither of […]
On an early Fall morning in Texas that Hugo was imagining, when the mosquitoes disappear and the dry air teases of coolness to come, he looked around. A patchwork of dogs dotted his landscape. He wondered what they saw as they took in their scenery: a mountain stream inviting them to jump in then swim […]
“Lie down and relax. You’re going to have to think hard about back there. Move your mind away from the sun, the grass, the breeze, everything that’s here. Get rid of all those things, so that where you are here feels blank. It’ll take a while. If an image of here comes back to you, […]