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Rex in the City XXIV: Board Approved
A little herbal help for Rex’s party nerves
It’s always stressful to throw your first adult party, and it can be even more stressful if you have a really hyper, poorly trained (or rather, imperfectly trained) dog. It was the year 2000 and Ted and I had just moved to a 350-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn. This was a big step up for us, given that our previous apartment was only 300 square feet. You might be shocked at that number, but we...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Howl: The Cattle May be Lowing
But two hounds get it said
The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung, the Yule fire burns low and, according to an old tradition, at midnight on Christmas Eve … the animals speak. COMET (Beagle, about age four): You think that’s Alex Trebek’s real hair?AJAX (also a Beagle, somewhat Comet’s senior, waking): What? C: Alex Trebek. You think that’s a hairpiece?A: I’ll tell you who wears a piece is that Bob Barker.C: No...
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Studying the Dog
A friendly pack is scaling ivory towers on campuses worldwide
Spinoza defines far and near like this: far he said, is the constellation of the dog in the night sky, and near is the animal who barks—the distance between abstraction and reality, the ideal, elevated theoretical realm and our earthly, immediate lives. So it is surprising to find that, at colleges and universities—bastions of abstract thought—scholars are closing the gap on what dogness means,...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Dog Is My Co-Dependent
Reflections on the role of dogs in modern life
How does one own a dog without becoming a dog person? The answer, I suspect, depends upon whether or not you have a dog and the degree to which you’re inclined to buy into the idea that pet ownership, like child rearing, isn’t what it used to be. Of course, most things aren’t what they used to be, but when it comes to the relationship between helpless creatures and responsible adults, many of us...

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