Dogs Fall in Love at First Sight, You Know

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Love this story. It evokes

Love this story. It evokes loss of innocence of childhood and first encounters with death.

gillian krantz more than 5 years ago

an endearing read through and

an endearing read through and through; if only we could be as devoted and caring to friends in life and death as Ghost was to Shadow. The words conjure the same childlike innocence portrayed in the postcard; bold, carefree strokes, telling the story as a young girl sees fit; full of wonder, fear and colour. On the surface Brooke Lockyer’s piece compares the reaction of animal intentions and well-meaning parental protocol. Where as out of love, Ghost resurrects the mangled body of his friend, Veronica’s parents insist of keeping Shadow in the ground, doing everything they can to avoid being “treat[ed] coolly” by the neighborhood. Veronica is somewhere in between, ashamed of her disgust, but ultimately submit to her parent’s ways. Ghost represents Veronica’s urge to be individual, persistent in their devotion to a friend, not caring what outsiders may think about the strange “grave dotted” yard, putting the devotion to friends and loves first. Her parents, evolved humans, supposedly taught right from wrong represent Veronica’s growing skepticism and loss of innocence. Last of all I believe Shadow represents Veronica’s free spirit, the muse of individuality, creative mojo. In the end, even though Veronica has thoughts of her own about shadow, she keeps them to herself and listens to what she’s been told.
This piece uses imagination, dark humor and language to portray a realistic snapshoot of a young girl in the fight for her innocence, ultimately loosing, without knowing what she was fighting for. Because Lockyer does not focus on veronica, it is a fresh, interesting way of reading about this subject, without being too obvious or obnoxious to the reader.

joshua more than 6 years ago

I love this.

I love this.

siofan davies more than 6 years ago

if I hadn't seen the postcard

if I hadn't seen the postcard the imagery in the writing would have conjured up the same picture. Enjoyed the viewpoint from the little girl's perspective.

manjula more than 6 years ago

This is my favourite. It

This is my favourite. It should win First Prize.

Anonymous more than 6 years ago

Sniffle. Loved this.

Sniffle. Loved this.

Andy more than 6 years ago

i will strive to be as

i will strive to be as reliable and devoted to my friends in life and death as Ghost to Shadow.

Anonyboos more than 6 years ago

Imaginative, somewhat darkly

Imaginative, somewhat darkly funny, and mesmerizing.

Gail more than 6 years ago

Wonderfully different.

Wonderfully different.

Laurie more than 6 years ago

this touched my heart

this touched my heart

Anonymous more than 6 years ago

For me, this piece reveals

For me, this piece reveals the pure and direct intentions of the animal, the well-meaning protocol of the parent, and the tension for the child between the two ways of being.

Kristen Allan more than 6 years ago

I think this is a great

I think this is a great little snapshot into a world seen through child eyes, where the child is not the centre. I think it's great!

Susan Burke more than 6 years ago

Great!

Great!

Lisanne Rogers more than 6 years ago

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