Most self-help books on marriage suggest you try raising animals before having that first child. Our first year of marriage, we decided to do just that and found two kennel cuties. We both had pets before as children, but they were more of a shared affair. In code that means the parents fed, bathed, and took cuties to the veterinarian. We basked in the ownership without the maintenance.
In the course of ownership, one can count on a certainty; the beloved pet will go missing. It’s a sinking feeling to stand on the back porch and call a name with no response. To look in the backyard and not see Spot, but find a freshly dug escape route is unsettling. This is the premise of Sonny Brewer’s new book Cormac: The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing.