Caught Off Guard

“I read a book about a dog that could smell cancer.  Her name was Molly,” stated a 2nd grade girl.  She remained for a few more minutes and then moved down the school’s hallway to engage other authors. I was invited to a local elementary school’s “Literacy Night” and...

K-9 Cop Magazine: Trust Your Dog

During the police K9 Academy, the dog is trained to react in a certain way to a specific stimulus whereby the dog’s trained behavior is to be interpreted by the handler.  Whether the response is to sit and stare for a drug/explosive locate, or to scratch and bark for...

Yarak

It has been said that falconry is the elite sport of kings where the animal is trained to hunt for the human.  Yarak is a Turkish term used to describe the peak conditioning of the falcon where it is hungry, but not weakened, and impassioned to hunt.  Apparently, this...

Gone Dogs submission

For nearly a decade, the following letter sat dormant as a computer file.  Unbeknownst at the time it was written, it served as the precursor to K9 Rocky and I recently stumbled across a call for submissions for short stories about dogs and sent the letter for...

Street Sign

Feverishly, with his head down focusing on his project, his right hand clutches a marker that reminds me of a sewing machine needle darting up and down. Shocks of greasy hair jut out from under his dirty baseball cap.  Seated curbside, he never looks up as if he’s...

Copyright

Copyright. Alone, the word exudes a mysterious power where few people give a second thought about the deeper meaning behind the word. Probably more so, the associated symbol of © is meaningless as eyes simply glance over it as if it was invisible. Especially in this...