Dog-gone Critter!

For those who have missed the link over at Nameless Creek, you might enjoy a peek at the Puppy Gallery, too long neglected.

Danged dog. It’s gonna be a real irony to have a dog get hit by one of the half-dozen cars that go by here every day. You could hardly find a less traveled county road than ours. And yet this stupid dog at times gets overcome with the need to throw himself in front of certain trucks as they move not slowly down the dirt road.

We try to catch Tsuga in or preferably before the act, but more often, we only catch him at the end of one of his suicide runs. I’m not certain he makes the connection between the obvious disapproval as I drag him back to the house and put him in the pen and what it is he’s done that I’m disapproving of.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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