Nonfiction | June 01, 2009

This essay was the winning non-fiction entry in the 2009 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize.

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I can only figure out who I am by projecting myself onto my dogs. It occurred to me on day, when performing this exercise in self-definition on my cocker spaniel, that my own, my family’s and my country’s history of interaction with cocker spaniels encapsulates our changing relationship with nature, with science, with mortality.

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