This is Scout
the Valentine’s Day puppy my students
talked me into buying
when I was eight months pregnant.
We named him Scout
for the fictional horse I wrote in high school.
He was Abigail’s dog,
He was easy to dress up and ruffled
like a mother hen
at the slightest noise.
We lost him just as he came,
sometime in the quiet of the night.
Such a sweet loving dog!