A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Michael Shilling lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is working on a novel and a collection of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Bridge and Night Rally.
Everyone hated that dog. Every time my friends and I walked by the Hanson house, it was there, chained to a basketball pole at the far end of the long driveway: a huge retriever-mutt-thing, a hundred-and-some-odd pounds of pissed-off mange.