Best Shaggy Dog Story: 'The Great Grisby' by Mikita Brottman

MICA professor Mikita Brottman’s seven-year relationship with a beloved French bulldog named Grisby serves as the springboard for this thoughtful, humorous, and moving meditation about the dog-human bond. Brottman is a fearlessly dispassionate observer of our absurd foibles, able to acknowledge her perhaps-dysfunctional relationship with the irrepressible Grisby while discussing other pets and their celebrated owners—Frida Kahlo, Richard Wagner—through history. She finds in these relationships reminders that the pets offer the ostensible owners things missing from their lives. It’s not always pretty, but as any pet owner knows, that connection is sometimes one of the best parts of being human.

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