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Zuzu Lives!


When I walked in the door, I took Zuzu in my arms. Her brown eyes settled on mine, and I held that white puff close, my face pressed into her neck. She smelled wonderfully of dog. A respite in this grieving for all that has been lost, for at least a while longer, Zuzu lives.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 66: Sept/Oct 2011
Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novel The Knitting Circle, and the memoirs Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time. Her most recent book is the novel The Red Thread. She has won the Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Providence, R.I., with her husband and children. annhood.us

Imagery by Katherine Dunn

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Submitted by Sarah | December 21 2011 |

The dog should have gone to the vet for emesis as soon as it was discovered it had eaten chocolate. If not able to go the vet, Hydrogen Peroxide will work. Ask your vet to show you how and how much.

But definitely when it started shivering, it needed to go to the emergency vet.

Bromocriptine causes overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, and shivering is the first stage to seizures, coma and death.

I am sitting here, astounded, that the owner did not tell the dog sitter to take the dog to the emergency vet immediately.

Submitted by Mardy Array | March 21 2012 |

Having just lost my beautiful furry child of 16 years, (KIEKO~ American Eskimo), 3 weeks ago today, I immediately identified with the emotions the author was feeling.
Thank you for touching my heart, thank you for your story.

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