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By Tom Palen 

The Shark


December 23, 2023

I was getting ready to go to bed when my dog Nova Mae brought a stuffed toy to me; she wanted me to throw it for her. "Nova, baby, it's bedtime," I said. She gave me a pleading flash of her sweet puppy dog eyes; how could I tell her no? "Okay, but only three throws, alright?"

I threw the toy, a demolished blue shark. Nova jumped in the air and caught it, then brought it back to me. I threw the shark a second and a third time. When she returned the toy the final time, I held my hand up, saying, "It's yours." Nova continued to push the toy under my hand, so I took it from her and set it on t...

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