Tall And True Short Reads

My Good Dog and Muse

Episode 72 (19 April 2023)

I met Harry when he was six months old. He was the last of his litter, hiding under a kitchen table. And when the breeder dragged him out, Harry flopped his head on my leg and looked up at me with worried, brown eyes. At that moment, a bond formed between us, which lasted for just over twelve years.

My Good Dog and Muse

Show Notes

Season Three: Episode 72 (19 April 2023)

My Good Dog and Muse is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the post on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/good-dog-muse

Robert’s other articles on dogs: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/nonfiction/animals

The Dog Collective: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/the-dog-collective

Podcast website: https://www.tallandtrueshortreads.com

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Episode Insight

I shared My Good Dog and Muse on Tall and True in September 2018, approaching the seventh anniversary of dear old Harry’s passing. By then, I had also shared the other articles he inspired me to write about dogs, along with photos of Harry.

In 2022, I contributed a piece to The Dog Collective, a collection of short stories and photographs by dog owners featuring our “loveable pups”. My story was titled, My Three Labradors and drew on several articles I’d written about my dogs, including My Good Dog and Muse, Harry.

In an email to the publisher, I confessed that even eleven years after his death, I shed tears when writing about my last moments with Harry. And I still feel teary every October on the anniversary of his passing. As Agnes Sligh Turnbull said, “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

I hope you enjoyed listening to My Good Dog and Muse. You can read this piece and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing — including my writing about dogs — at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections from the Amazon Kindle and Kobo online bookstores.

The next episode of Tall And True Short Reads will be released shortly. In the meantime, check your feed or the podcast website for earlier episodes from Seasons One, Two and Three.

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Production Notes

Tall And True Short Reads is produced using Audacity.

Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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