In some but not all ways the dog that is biting you is acting out of love because it is giving you a wake-up call. I don’t expect realism in literature because life is better at it; and so, as the life in dogs goes, you are much more likely to be bored by them than humiliated or annihilated. When we were young, living in rustic Reservoir, there was no escaping them and certainly no understanding them. They stank, then bit, in that order…
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