I was Crazy about Pumpkin.
She was my first Border Collie and I was thrilled with her intelligence and empathy. She became my constant companion. I was still an art student when I got her and she went to all my classes with me.
She used to cuddle by tucking her head up under my chin.
I loved to draw her.
Soon I was anthropomorphizing her-I couldn’t help myself.
It was uncanny how she loved to do all the same things I did.
Pumpkin traveled the world for close to a year. She shared a picnic at Hanging Rock with a koala in Australia.
She rode a camel on the Great Wall of China.
And caught a flounder in Istanbul, Turkey.
Later she even got pregnant,
Meanwhile, over in Bookland, Pumpkin began appearing in my children’s books from the very beginning.
Here we are making snow angels in A Year of Birds. I am still a carefree child, making Sabin do all the work as my father.
In my next post I will reveal how Pumpkin changed my life.
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7 thoughts on “Life With Dogs-Part 2: Adopting a Dog as my Alter Ego”
I love your life with dogs.
Me too, and we’re still near the beginning!
I, too, love your life with dogs! I love all these pictures. I know that you have used Pumpkin in books, but is there a book that’s just Pumpkin?
No, Pumpkin was in dozens of books but isn’t named in any of them.
What Characters was Pumpkin as?
Pumpkin was Miss Bindergarten, as well as many other un-named characters
Oh, You know what Lavar Burton always says on “Reading Rainbow,” You don’t have to take my word for it.