Ten years ago, Jancy sold Speckles--the horse she loved--to pursue a bright future with her new husband. Now her husband has left, and her future is no longer bright. In today’s story, Jancy drives to the country to apologize to Speckles, perhaps hoping that her spirits can be lifted by the love of a horse.
In No Shovel, No Bacon, Blind Henry and Yamaha, two men with a lot of self-inflicted scars from their pasts, sit around and talk about the dogs they’ve known and loved, family lore, and how to make the best clam chowder.
In Monkeys on My Mind, a young woman moves to New Delhi to be with her lover only to have her heart broken soon after arriving. To make matters much much worse, monkeys keep stealing all her food.
In I See You Every Day, Albert Richmond, a recently unemployed attorney, moves into a new flat. From his kitchen window, Albert observes a woman walking her dog in the local park every day. Enraptured by the woman’s beauty, he endeavors to meet her.
In Husk of Rhino, an aging rhinoceros contemplates the damn gorillas’ dubious call for yet another zoo jailbreak and discusses philosophy with an Eastern Indigo snake named Serpent.
From a pedigreed yellow pup I grew up to be an anonymous yellow cur looking like a cross between an Angora cat and a box of lemons. But my mistress never tumbled. She thought that the two primeval pups Noah chased into the ark were but a collateral branch of my ancestors. It took two policemen to keep her from entering me at the Madison Square Garden for the Siberian bloodhound prize.
A jay hasn't got any more principle than a Congressman. Now on top of all this, there's another thing: a jay can out-swear any gentleman in the mines. You think a cat can swear. Well, a cat can; but you give a blue-jay a subject that calls for his reserve-powers, and where is your cat? Don't talk to me—I know too much about this thing.