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Me and That Other Dog

dog and mirror

I’m just getting my toy out of the corner when I’m surprised by a big glass pane. Who is that other dog? And why didn’t I smell him?

He looks at me closely. Then he lunges at me, and we touch each other’s noses.

“Woof, woof! Who are you? … Rrrrrrrrruuufff!”

Startled, I leap back. He barks at the same time I do. I move towards him again—this time, slowly. We touch each other’s paws … but I can’t feel him. I don’t get that. All excited, I jump up and down in front of him. Whenever I bark, he barks. When I lie down, he lies down. Now I’m getting my toy. I don’t believe it! He got his toy, too, and it’s the exact same red doll I have! He takes it in his mouth and shakes his head.

I stand there, flabbergasted. He does, too. We look at each other quietly. Then I run at him and sniff the pane he’s hiding behind.

My owner Bridget is standing in the doorway laughing.

“Gina, that’s you in the mirror!”

I look at her helplessly. Why doesn’t that other dog come out and play with me? I keep leaping around in front of him and wagging my tail. He’s just as curious as me—I know he wants to play. That much I can see.

“Come on, Gina, let’s go for a little walk!” Bridget says and takes the leash out of the closet.

Is that other dog still there, I wonder? I turn and look at the mirror one more time. Somehow the whole thing seems a bit fishy.

 A short story from my book “Who is the Coach here?” © Anna Roth, inspired by the video dog vs. mirror


Marble hunting dog at the Acropolis museum

Related to my last post about ancient paw imprints, I want to show the beautiful marble sculpture of a hunting dog, which is exhibited at the Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece.

This statue, along with a second that is not fully preserved, most likely framed the entrance to the sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia on the Acropolis. It was created around 520 BC with marble from the Island Paros.

marblehuntingdog(Acr. 143). 1st floor. Archaic Gallery
www.theacropolismuseum.gr / Photograph: Socratis Mavrommatis / Production: Costas Stetsas

In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.

Gods honored animals. The discover of ancient paw imprints continues!