A Tribute

My Dog as Muse

Hilary (1974–1990)
Hilary (1974–1990)

Hilary—my first dog and a Briard-Aussie mix—was not only the matriarch who founded four decades of immersing myself in the lives of dogs. She also was a muse who inspired words to capture, and celebrate, her dogness. Written in the ’70s and  ’80s, the ramblings on the following pages are an expression of how she made my spirit soar.

Hilary started life in Atlanta in 1974 and then moved north with me to my native New England in 1978.