Realized, when I smelled a faint trace of bear, that I haven’t ever gone into Wendell State Forest at night. It’s a wild enough place that it never feels like it belongs to humans, but under full dark, spotlit by perigee, I called Gilgamesh to heel and kept clear of dense growth. A beaver felled a tree on the other side of the water while at pond’s edge, I photographed the Milk Moon, closer to earth than it will be again this year. Gilly stayed close—tail-happy but close. A dense and quick mist slid through the pines, clinging to the ground, rising halfway up the trunks, obscuring all detail but sky. When we returned to the mown field at the top of the forest access road, I released him from heel with a whispered “okay.” He wheeled in rocking-horse-gait, cavorting, glee in our moonlight adventure overwhelming creaking bones. Apple blossom scent washed over us. Clusters of Quaker Ladies spread like snow-patches on the silvered green.
Gilgamesh's mother was a Dalmatian and his father was a god. He is an athlete, a comedian, a quantum physicist, and is under consideration for both a Nobel Peace Prize and an Emmy Award. His current project is hacking into NASA while swimming the English Channel. He is prone to hyperbole. He is also starving to death and has never been given a treat in his whole life.
If you'd like to enter the frenzied bidding war over the rights to his memoirs - which are engraved on stone tablets - email us at gilgablog (at) gmail (dot) com.
If you don't know where the name Gilgamesh comes from, you should read this right away.
Gilly came from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center when he was a 7 week old lump closely resembling a thoroughly-chewed kalamata olive pit. He was one of 10 puppies whose pregnant mother was tied to a lamp-post and abandoned. Please spay and neuter, and adopt homeless animals. And please: send shelter or rescue organizations money, volunteer, or call to see if there's anything else you can do. They need your help.
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