Dog Heaven

Lake Michigan
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Just moments before, we’d seen this happy mutt running on the beach. Here he is enjoying the waves, the sight, the smells and the speed. What uncomplicated doggie joy to be perched at the front of a small motorboat on Lake Michigan! We were standing on an overlook at McKinley Beach at around noon on a gorgeous day in Milwaukee.

Scuppers the Sailor Dog
Margaret Wise Brown’s little golden book

The vision of the sailor dog reminded me of reading my kids Scuppers the Sailor Dog by the great Margaret Wise Brown, author of “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny.”

“Born at sea in the teeth of a gale, the sailor was a dog. Scuppers was his name.” The tale of anthropomorphized solitary seafarer in love with the deep green sea would reduce me to mush every time I read it.