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FACING PAGE: Like their
Dingo ancestors, Dixie Dingoes
are adept at scaling trees in
search of prey. The thrill of
Henry's hunt often includes a
good tree-climb.
LEFT: He's happiest in the
woods, watching and listening,
in clean air, sun and shadow.

KAYLINN GILSTRAP

Wait,
Who's
Who?
Penny's picture
(top) in The Bitter
Southerner set the
writer on a story
search. Just who-
what-was her newly
adopted dog, with his
mysterious eyes and
feral ways?

ing ways and the fact that he'd been responsible for tossing me into the street
and breaking my pelvis, I'd loved his
beautiful, philosopher presence.)
The next day, she called. "I don't
know if he'll work for you...he may be
too small. But I have a shepherd-Collie
mix coming up from Wise County [Virginia] tomorrow-want to come meet
him?"
Forty-five pounds of tan fur. With
black-outlined almond eyes that looked
like they belonged to an Egyptian queen.
A light-colored patch spreading across
his shoulders like wings, and a fishhook
tail that spun in full circles when he saw
me. (Okay, maybe it was the dog treat in
my hand that made his tail spin.) He was
mine.
Here are a few things I learned about
Henry in his first months with me:
1. He does not bark. Instead, he whinemoans and howls-very much like a coyote.
2. He stares at anything that moves, his
gaze unbreakable.
3. He chews every bone and rawhide I
give him...and then he buries it.
4. And later, he roots it out with his
snout for another round.
5. He works hard to cover his trail,
scratching dirt and grass on top of his scat.
6. He runs up mountains like a deer
(and once, was chased down a mountain
by same).
7. He walks across fallen trees over
streams like a tightrope walker, never
looking down.
8. He hates small dogs that look too
much like squirrels or groundhogs-and
loves everything and everyone else.
9. He can kill groundhogs without a
sound, leaving them for my thanks by the
garden fence.
10. More people know his name than

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