What can you learn from an old dog you loved?
That food is a reason to jump for joy at any time.
That morning can never come early enough.
Never to shun a stranger at your door,
nor stop fawning over your friends.
To follow your nose to the source.
The contagion of enthusiasm.
A companionable silence.
How devoted subjects train their masters.
True to your breed, now you run to fetch
something that’s irretrievable.
--from Twenty Questions