Penny 1994 – 2009

Rescued from the shelter, she was a tough customer, stoic to the end. I just came in from burying her on a rise overlooking the river, near where her old pal Mingo is buried. I left some incense burning on her grave to help send her spirit on its way.


Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Humanities at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press (2001). He lives with his wife Carole, two Jack Russell terriers, Jett & Penny, & a Chocolate Lab, Angel, on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

12 thoughts on “Penny 1994 – 2009”

  1. Thanks, Pablo. She had a good run and she went out with dignity, which is about all any of us could wish for, I think.

  2. Condolences to you and Carol. You gave Penny a very nice life with lots of companionship and care.

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