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Twelve Walking The Dog

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Rhodesian ridgebacks are social, hierarchical, responsible, indolent, and anxious in inverse proportion to their Mohawk accoutrement. Their elaborately disarming displays include prancing, balletic, whining approaches to other dogs that are usually understood by the dogs but not always by their owners, and especially not by anxious leash-tuggers. Ridgebacks are more likely to bite restrained dogs than assertive ones who perform hierarchical acts of mock buggery. Among the hundreds of Native American nations that tell “little dog,” coyote stories are: Papago, Pima, Wasco, Chippewa, Mayan, Flathead, Blackfeet, Salish, Dine, Navajo, Saponi, Karuk, Caddo, Shasta, Crow, Nez Perce, Abenaki, Cherokee, and Tuscarora. Dogs appear often in representations of hunts, including the unicorn hunt that entered the Christian symbolism of the Middle Ages in Europe. We’ve been saying, telling, writing, painting and sculpting good dogs for centuries.

Keywords: coyote stories; dogs; Rhodesian ridgebacks



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