when i was a boy,


a black and white Cocker Spaniel

chose me.

she looked like the dog

in our grade one readers

“Run, Spot, run!”


she was a stray

wandering around our neighborhood

looking for a home

there were other people she could have chosen

but, she chose me

our family adopted her.

it changed my life.

i  had a friend


in winter

she refused to go outdoors

in freezing temperatures

she peed and pooped on our basement floor

with a shovel, my dad would pick up after her

once a week he would spray the floor

with the garden hose


Spot left us

like Peter Pan

when we stopped believing in her


when i walk through the woods

i imagine her, beyond the next bend,

chasing butterflies

or being chased by rabbits —

she’s with me