Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians

by Linda Gray Sexton


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ISBN-13: 9781619023451
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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 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 apartments—that 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 bad—and 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

Prologue 1

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

Acknowledgments 275

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