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To me, though, this “cacophony” (as you call it) is rich with meaning, which I, after years of uncomplaining effort and reflection, am at last able to decode.
Following is my translation of a recent such outburst of theirs.
Using a complete dog-language lexicon of my own devising, I have rendered it into English:“God damn it!
Two of the most memorable men in my life in high school were my coaches.
I did not have the courage to tell Coach Steward that my time was not accurate because I had changed lanes. My oldest brother played football and used imitate Herrill’s whinny voice. My junior year, I went out for varsity football and played guard weighing 145 pounds.
Claire Herrill (photo on the left) was the varsity football coach. About mid season, I broken part of my vertebrae and was off the team. He was a tough man, but he believed in us, maybe more than we did ourselves. The Fillmore Flashes record going into the last game against arch-rival, Santa Paula was 1-7.
Some clubs charge membership or hike fees, some are free.
Most clubs welcome guests to try out a hike with them before joining and paying the member fee.
Hour after hour, the dogs contentedly loll near my legs or on top of my stomach, their slumber undefiled—until their exquisitely sensitive ears perceive, through the shroud of sleep, the low rumble of the battered panel truck belonging to the mailman. The short hairs along their spines rise, and their tails bristle—a defensive reflex.