Deborah Thompson is an associate professor of English at Colorado State University, where she helped to develop the new Master’s Degree in Creative Nonfiction. She has published creative essays in venues such as Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Passages North and Briar Cliff. Her piece “Mishti Kukur,” which appeared in the Iowa Review, was awarded a Pushcart prize. Debby’s first essay about her cocker spaniel, “What’s the Matter with Houdini?” was the winner of the 2008 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize and published in the Spring 2009 Missouri Review. She is currently working on a memoir and a novel.
Oct 22 2015
As She Kissed the Cow
Houdini, my cocker spaniel with a massive eating disorder, was fated to a death by gorging. Or so I’d thought. As a puppy, he chewed books and tampons and tissues
Jun 01 2009
What's the Matter with Houdini?
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.