The Sexton family's long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda's childhood. There, on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston, Linda heard a whimpering coming from the basement. She discovered their first family dog giving birth to a litter. Witnessing the intimate act of birth had a profound effect on the family. Her mother, Anne, used the experience to complete the poem "Live," part of her third collection, titled Live or Die , which would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. For Linda, the boundless joy of both breed and breeding triggered in her a lifelong love of Dalmatians. All told, thirty-eight Dalmatians will move through her life: the ones that cheer and support her through difficulty, divorce, and depression; the ones that stay with her as she enters the world of professional breeding and showing of Dals; and, of course, the one true dog of her heart, Gulliver, her most stalwart of canine champions.
Bespotted is a page-turning and compelling look at the unique place dogs occupy in our lives. It captures another piece of this literary family's history, taps into the curious and fascinating world of dog showing/dog fancy. Bespotted is an upbeat and commercial memoir by one of the most critically acclaimed memoirists of our time.
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About the Author
Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels and two memoirs, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide and Searching for Mercy Street , both published by Counterpoint. She lives in Redwood City, California. Please visit lindagraysexton.com to learn more about Linda's books and connect with other readers.
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Maybe I have dogs now because they tap into that part of my maternal instinct that had only gone into hibernation when my kids took off for their own apartmentsthat part of my personality that I am often unable to lavish on my friends or my new husband. Dogs have always provided a special kind of love and companionship that I often experience, only some of the time, with humans. They have a strong sense of character and live the way we ought to: dogs neither compare you to your sister, nor make judgments in her favor. Dogs never know what is coming and so live purely in the moment, savoring the good, doing their best to endure the badand they offer up this miraculous example so that we can learn from it, becoming role models of a sort. Dogs are radically different than the partners who sometimes give up on marriages, or the friends who get angry over real or imagined slights. Dogs never just get up and leave.
Table of Contents
Part I Mother's Miracles 10
Part II Our Very Own 52
Part III Literati Dalmatians 88
Part IV Dog of My Heart 104
Part V New Beginnings 150
Part VI Keeping the Vigil 166
Part VII Afterward 182
Part VIII We Wait 202
Part IX The Puppy Pen 220
Part X Going Home 246
Part XI Different Sort of Dog 260