The Wrong Dog Dream
A True Romance
By Jane Vandenburgh
(Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781619021204, 237pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
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And into this fabled chapter of the writer's life comes the perfect dog, an English Springer Spaniel named Whistler who arrives not only the family pet, but as her private symbol of triumph over all that age-old sadness. She wants to ignore it but can't help but see that their perfect pup is something of a neurotic mess, snarling at manhole covers, barking at children, growling at people in wheelchairs.
The writer herself is not seemingly done with the anxieties born of all that early trauma and loss, and she begins to worry obsessively about losing this difficult dog, the one they so love. "Wrrrrnnnggdgggg!" she begins to dream. "Wrrrrrnnnnng dgggg!"