Connie Bensley

Sharing the Dog

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The Dog share didn’t work out well in the end.

For a start, Dog — no mean manipulator —

cadged extra rations in Home A, so that Home B

was obliged to act the disciplinarian.

Then there was the quasi-polite dispute about

the missed flea drops and the bitten house-guest.

Goodwill flagged, and it was decided to scrap the

whole idea, and arrange for Dog to live in

Home A or Home B. But which? The arrangement —

something like an episode of adultery —

had begun with elements of euphoria

but later suffered painful side-effects.