FAMILY HISTORY/Antonia Clark IT WAS ELLEN who had insisted on taking the dog to a new doctor, one who specialized in canine personality disorders. A shrink for dogs, Gil thought. "What's the matter with the vet?" he had asked her. ing up on it." The local veterinarian, Jon Fletcher, had, as necessary, inoculated, neutered, bandaged, once resuscitated, or put to sleep all three dogs they'd owned in their fifteen years of marriage. "The vet," Ellen informed him, without looking up from her book, "doesn't know a thing about dog psychology." She was curled into her customary reading corner on the sofa, her feet tucked up under her frayed pink robe. "The dog could be disturbed," she added, turning a page. "I've been readLoki, their three-year-old shepherd, definitely did not look disturbed to Gil--only devious. Across the room Loki pretended to ignore them although, Gil noted, he was quivering with alertness, no doubt listening intently. Loki didn't miss a trick. everything available on the subject. Gil studied the cover of the book out Masters ofDeceit. He wondered whether it was fiction or nonfiction cians. Or errant husbands, for that matter. Ellen had made up her mind and Gil did
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1996
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