A chinese pug,
he had tan, short fur and his tail
was curled in an impossible twist.
I was told that he was abused,
and that was the reason his left eye
was deformed and without vision.
I was eight.
I don’t remember how old he was,
but I do remember my parents giving
him away, telling me I didn’t take care
of him and that they didn’t want to.
He went to live on a farm and I wouldn’t
know the companionship of a dog again
until I was an adult.
I hope that farm was more forgiving than my parents.