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  • Ben Ailing | The Bark

    Ben Ailing | The Bark

    Ben Ailing sat hunched over the wheel of his Chrysler Gran Fury, inching his way down a long gravel alley in a rundown section of the Republic South Hills—past boarded-up brick houses and junked washers and dryers—looking for sign of something familiar—wondering how in the hell he’d wound up here of all places. He’d thought […] More

  • How to Get a Puppy during a Pandemic

    How to Get a Puppy during a Pandemic

    A puppy travels north to her new family as Covid-19 descends upon the East Coast. What could go wrong? As far back as Christmastime, my wife, Tina, had begun saying, “We’re getting a dog.” Enough procrastination: “I’m getting a dog.” As each week passed, the conviction in her words grew until, inevitably, one day this […] More