Donald McCaig sends me this 1993 piece by the late Vicki Hearne who observes that the pop-psychology experts say the loss of a dog is a loss that does not last.
Vicki Hearne did not believe it, and neither does Donald, and neither did Dick Koehler.
All I know is that reading this wonderful piece seems to cause me asthma; my throat swells, and my eyes start to blink, and I get a patch of vertigo. It is not even Mountain. It is Gideon. I can accept death in old age, but not a minute before. Gideon is a wound that does not seem to heal,
But I'm sure it will go away in 3 months. The experts say so, right?
I should live so long as to be an expert on dogs.
We all should.