He calls them "the dogs," like other people say "the kids." He'll say he was somewhere with "the dogs," or he was bike-riding with "the dogs," or he couldn't take "the dogs" on the book-signing tour. He talks about his first one, Man Ray, as if it were a human companion. He remembers a weekend retreat to a lake cabin enjoyed only by the two of them--one man and his dog. He recites their ages, their birth and death dates, their mothers, siblings, etc., as if they... More >>>