April 14, 2007
Faith feels like a big dog to me, until I meet a truly big dog, like Shumbai, one of Faith’s crushes. Shumbai is a solemn tan and black Rhodesian ridgeback with a boulder-sized head, owned by an Israeli couple. Ridgebacks stalked deer on the old African plain, sight hounds, and sometimes, when I watch Shumbai watch another dog, I doubt that he is thinking, “Play.” Yet he will stand, mute, unmoving, as my relatively little dog, drunk on his smell, sticks her snout all the way into his ear canal to get at his scent. He never responds in kind.