Went on a short walk with the dogs today. Following them across a freshly snowed baseball field, I noticed their prints paralleling each other, in sets of four paws, like words on a page. Morse code. Tab (if you’re a guitarist). Braille in the negative.
Then I noticed the two dogs’ sets were mirror images of one another. Peat’s tracks are right-handed, Bloom’s are left-handed. The first and last paw of each dog is on the same side; Peat’s on the right, Bloom’s on the left. Bloom is Leslie’s dog. Peat’s mine. Leslie’s left-handed. I’m not.