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For the animal lovers among us.

I came across this short story in the archives of 3 Elements Review, a quarterly journal that uses word prompts to guide the content of each publication. As a former cat and dog owner, this story felt familiar to me in many ways. Nina Schuyler‘s narration of the relationship between the neighborhood dog and his various owners is relatable to anyone who has experienced the unconditional connection that these animals offer to us.

Nina told me that the story is “inspired by two cats in the neighborhood who wander around, in and out of cat doors, visiting everyone in the area.”