Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thousand: Five Hundred Sixteen

under the futon in the guest room, and dangling from a clothes hanger over the washing machine. I forget which is which. Leprechaun, gnome, does anybody really care? The Ugly Dog of Heaven lifts an ear when the counting gnome stops talking. The dog turns her head and looks searchingly into his scrunched up little face. She’s not a small dog, about the size of a German Shepherd, maybe, but no identifiable breed, pelt patchy, scaly, mottled skin easily visible beneath the sparse hair on her hips, one ear torn, watery, red-rimmed eyes. Ugly. Like I said. Even with her


Elisabeth said...

The ugly dog of Heaven reminds me of the dog with eyes like saucers from Greek and Roman mythology. Is it cerberus. Scary. Your dog sounds smaller and rangier but equally disturbing.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

The Ugly Dog of Heaven is the first character to appear in "Thousand" that was created long before "Thousand."