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Curing Wakeolepsy
With “Yankees Fantasy Camp for canines”

Robbie Brown’s story, “Putting the Pounce Back in Your Pup” (New York Times, 6/11/10) serves as a welcome—and funny—spur in the side of complacent dog folk. He reminds us: It’s never too late to try to teach your old dog new tricks when he takes his pampered Bassett, Elvis, to the Fun Field Trial, which pairs laidback Bassets, Beagles, Dachshunds and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens with seasoned hunters in an effort to rouse latent instincts. (Oh, and if you’re wondering about “wakeolepsy,” that’s Brown’s tongue-in-cheek term for his dog’s brief periods of being awake, mostly to eat.)

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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