OLD DOGS SERIES
Indy is a 15-year-old Brooklyn mutt who can be sweet, canny, or fierce, depending upon what the situation demands. She belongs to Leonora Wiener, and lives across the street from Prospect Park, where dogs rule every day from 9 pm to 9 am.
Unlike a lot of city dogs, Indy is never alone, because she also has a second home, where she hangs out with Isaac and Raina Doughty. A couple of years ago, when she was eleven, Raina wrote a poem about Indy that won first place in a contest sponsored by the New York Humane Society. It captures how zealously Indy defends both her homes.
Indy, hey, Indy, its 4:00
the mailman’s coming down the block
crouch, dash, jump
you land on the purple chair
and every single hair
is standing on your back
you are now ready to attack
the mailbox opens, the mailbox creaks
your jaws open, you try to speak
you say,this is my house, my place,
I’m as vicious as a shark
but all that comes out is bark, bark, bark!