In the Summer, We Go a-Roamin’

How to Chase your dog without really trying

Terry Barr
10 min readJul 26, 2018

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Max (Author’s Photo)

My mother referred to our dog Donald as a “rogue,” meaning that in every season, but especially in the summertime, he liked to go tearing through the neighborhood searching for gold.

Or for what passes for gold to a dog: house welcome mats; new, slightly used, or weatherbeaten garden hosepipes, and the occasional pig carcass. These treasures he brought home to us, as if he were a cat catching moles and snakes, and offered to us like these were the measure of his worth.

Oh Donald! You were worth so much more than the $1.95 my parents had to shell out so often to replace the neighbor’s mats and hoses. We never knew where the pig carcass came from and so couldn’t repair that damage. I don’t know how proud Donald was of himself, and though we’d scold and sometimes spank him for his misadventures and miscalculations, our corrections never took.

He was most proud of himself, it seemed, when he’d take a notion to go exploring in the iron ore mines up the hill from us. On these excursions, he’d be gone for days, and just when we’d given up hope that he would ever return, we’d see him crest the hill of the Terry’s house across the street and come charging back into our lives again, only this time, covered in red clay/mud. We’d bathe him and hug him…

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Terry Barr

I write about music, culture, equality, and my Alabama past in The Riff, The Memoirist, Prism and Pen, Counter Arts, and am an editor for Plethora of Pop.