Stomach Upset

This is my dog Esme. She’s one of two rat terriers at our house, the other one being Dagmar. Esme is the one that everyone seems to respond to. She’s delicate-boned, beautifully colored, and mostly bald. Sadly, Esme has color dilution alopecia. It’s a hereditary condition that means that she has no hair and a host of other health problems.

The thing I want you to pay attention to is not the sight of my dog eating a bully stick. It’s the sound of my dog’s nonstop gutteral growl as she macks down on the thing. Picture this (or just watch the video): a dog only slightly larger than a chihuahua, a dog who is pink over most of her body, gnawing on a hank of skin and growling like an upset stomach.

Seriously, if it weren’t so weird, I might be a little embarrassed by it.

About Lise Quintana

Lise Quintana is the head of Narrative Technologies, creator of Lithomobilus, a groundbreaking e-book platform used in NonBinary Review. Her writing has appeared in Red Fez, Extract(s), Children Churches & Daddies, The Weekender, and upcoming in SLAB. You can catch up with her at www.lisequintana.com

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