Written with wit and insight, this writer’s biography of her dog expands the parameters of the “I love my dog” genre to create a story appealing not only to dog lovers but also to any reader who enjoys a well-turned phrase and a clever take on the timeless story of a Cinderella: A mutt from the dog pound makes good. Oh sure, if you’ve heard one tale of yet another adorable dog saved from death row, you’ve heard them all. But meet Charlotte—charismatic, chatty and compelling—who twice lands the four-legged starring role in “Annie,” gets her photo in a national newspaper as a community activist, and can lead you to every groundhog hole in historic Jefferson County, West Virginia.
D.C. Gallant grew up in the country and, as an only child, found that rabbits, cats, chickens, horses and dogs make great friends and playmates. Her favorite childhood book was The Adventures of Mabel because the heroine could talk with animals, a talent Ms. Gallant aspired to but never attained until she met Charlotte the Wonder Dog.
When I was three years old, my godmother gave me a puppy. I had been adopted the previous year and was adapting well enough to my new home it seemed, except I wouldn’t talk. I’m told I was a curious and loving child who readily smiled and returned hugs, but I was silent, and when nightmares struck I shivered but did not cry out.
My mother’s best friend had been designated as my godmother. I recall “Aunt” Alice only as a large woman who loomed high above me, as did all grown-ups, but she had a great soft bosom that enveloped me when she swung me up in her arms and she smelled of gardenia talc. Perhaps the puppy was her idea or maybe my mother’s. Since they are now long departed, whatever discussion took place about it is lost, as is why the dog was named, “Patsy Dog.”
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