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“You’re Dog of the Day?” I asked as she jumped and I jumped a little too, as I petted her head and she panted with excitement. “That’s wonderful! Look at that! Maeby is Dog of the Day!”

Mandie handed over the leash and we were just about to walk out the door when I realized I still had a question and was dying for the answer.

“So,” I said before I pushed the door all the way open. “How do you know who’s Dog of the Day? In what way do you judge who deserves it?”

Mandie laughed.“It’s not who ‘deserves’ it,” she explained as she smiled. “It’s who needs it the most.” “Oh,” I said as I smiled back. “I think that’s a great way. That’s really nice. Thank you.”

“Don’t forget her report card,”Mandie said as she pulled it from her pocket. “Maeby has two new boyfriends on the playground, you know.”

 

 

“Dog of the Day” © 2007 by Laurie Notaro, included in Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit, October 2007 from Crown Publishers. Used with permission.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 44: Sep/Oct 2007
Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, raised in Phoenix, and packed her bags for Eugene, Ore., once she realized that since she was past 30, her mother could no longer report her as a teenage runaway. Author of The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club, among others, her most recent book is There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell.

Illustration by Michael S. Wertz

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