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Shadow's once muscular shoulder. He
squeezed and held a paw, the pad made
rough from untold miles in the grape
tangles and gritty soil as they worked the
corn stubble. A tactile person by trade
in his restoration work, it was Tom's
hands that remembered every dog he
ever owned, every wart and bump, the
topography of their faces, the textures
and lengths of hair tracts that comprised
their coats.
Holly folded the canvas over the setter
and with her shears cut around its form,
then deftly stitched the shroud closed.
Tom placed the dog in a garden cart.
" I've got to help Allie at the clinic
this evening, " she said. " She made this
for you, and sends her love. "
Holly handed him a flat box bound
with twine from their daughter, Allie,
also a veterinarian, who shared the
practice with her mom.
" I won't be late, " Holly said. " There's
a sandwich in the fridge. Eat something
when you get back. "
OM PULLED the cart out the path
through their woods. This would
be his final walk with Shadow, what
had been a daily, after-dinner jaunt all
the way to the big sycamore where they
would sometimes sit and listen to the
bubbling spring as the woods ebbed
toward night.
T
He laid the dog to rest in the grave
he had dug that morning. High above
the adjacent field, several nighthawks
- keepers of the dusk - proclaimed in
their strident cries that the omnipresent
weight of this day could now pass into
eternal night.
Tom sat at the kitchen table and ate
his sandwich and had some coffee. He
opened the box and read Allie's card
inside, then unwrapped the tissue paper,
revealing a grapevine wreath interwoven
with corn-husk leaves, goldenrod
stalks and the tailfeathers of a grouse
and pheasant. It was inset with the brass
from a dozen spent shotgun shells, one
for each year of Shadow's life.
When Tom lifted it from the box, the
brass bell from Shadow's hunting collar
- wired at the top - tinkled musically,
the clear, haunting notes
ushering forth a succession
of other cherished sounds
from their hunts.
He hung the wreath
on his workshop door.
Upon opening or
closing the door, the
bell jingled.
He liked that.
The cool, late
summer air reminded
him that autumn waited
in the wings, and that for
the first time in 12 years he
would be without his dog and
constant shadow.
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