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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