Pippa maybe saves a life
Story not from the farm but definitely about our obstinate farm dog.
Our dog Pippa is a lifesaver. She saves our lives every day by being such a good dog that she makes us be the best versions of ourselves. But last weekend she did double duty.
As we left the house of my in-laws in Minneapolis after a birthday celebration Pippa was not on a leash. That is typical. She goes to the car every time because she wants to be with us. We know our dog.
That night we were both carrying multiple bags and went to the car and looked back and didn’t see Pippa at all. Finally, we saw her in the shadow of a shrub, sniffing. My partner said, “She must be taking herself for a walk.” We called to her, but instead of coming, she walked in the opposite direction to a shadowy space by the sidewalk and stayed there.
We went over to her and found her sniffing at the unresponsive body of a man. This man was wearing dark clothes and lying face down in the grass. We would never have seen him without Pippa. It was below freezing that night already so death by exposure was a real possibility.
I got Pip in the car, and my partner got her family. We were scared he was already dead, but he was alive- just passed out drunk. We called 911, got blankets for him, and sat with him while the ambulance came. Hopefully he will be ok.
No writing news to speak of. I have been thinking about capitalism and race in America, but maybe the subject is too big for me! I have two books coming in the mail from Nancy Fraser, who I heard on a podcast talking about “mapping the systems of oppression.”