The Bark

Hot Dog: Doing Double Duty as a Therapy Dog

Picking out a puppy is like house hunting or wedding-dress shopping. You know in your gut when you’ve found the right one. 

Pari Chang, Bark
Photo: The Bark

The day I brought my puppy home to Manhattan, a giant article appeared in The New York Times reducing him to a fashion accessory. Headline news: Boston Terriers, dogs for the hipper-than-thou. But I didn’t get my little guy to lift my social status. I got him to lift my father’s spirits—and add quality to the time he had left.

A note to my husband Geoff and me lay on the nightstand in our spare bed­room, where my father slept on chemo days.

Dear Kids,
Thanks for your hospitality.
Sorry about soiling the sheets.
Love,Dad
P.S. A baby or a puppy, I don’t care.

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