“Rottweilers are loving Protectors,” my wife states.
“One growl could save our home.”
Rottweilers are Nazi dogs, like Dobermans
and German Shepherds. (Not dachshunds).
Rottweilers guarded the fence that kept my wife’s
zaide in Buchenwald. She doesn’t blame the dogs.
She wants one on her side, the way the Yankees,
tired of losing to Babe Ruth, hired him.
How strange to think that human skin will peel
like cheese-crust off a casserole—that we, like cows
and sheep, can be tanned into shoes
and lampshades, belts and gloves. A woman mauled
by her dog received, for free, a corpse’s face:
skin shield between the world and her.
(“The price is right,” Dad said when anything was free.)
The ‘weiler, left to guard a small girl, grabbed her face
and yanked it off the bone. Can you imagine
the child’s screams? The parents’, running home?
As the moon’s silver blood gleams, gushing
down our walls, I wonder if our home is good,
or only seems so, since it’s all we know.
“My daughter’s hugged that dog a thousand times,”
a neighbor said, gripping her child as if to save her
from a sucking tide.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1.
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