In memory of the 100 dogs killed one year ago today. Thinking of all the hard working dogs, I hope they all have a loving home to rest in after their work is done.
There’s a stone I had made for them at the top of the hill road, where the pasture opens wide and the setting sun highlights the words carved into its face. “That’ll do, Suzie. That’ll do.” The words are said to working dogs all over the world when the chores are done and the flock is settled: “That’ll do Norah, come home now, your work is done.” Poker’s work is done too. They took my heart and ran with it, and they are running still, fast and strong, a piece of my heart bound up with theirs, forever.
By Patricia McConnell