“The Peace of Bark” is a 4500 word story about a rescue dog and his effect on the lives of various humans who crossed his path. The story is entirely fictional and none of the events actually happened. The story was inspired by my youngest daughter, her husband, and all of the dogs they have rescued. Although this may not be their story, surely there is a story there worthy of being told. And until its telling, this is my best effort to make a case for all the abandoned, homeless animals out there worthy of a life with dignity and respect. They give more than they take.
The title of the story is twice taken from the dedication. One reference so obvious you can't overlook it. One reference so abstruse, it will never be found.