I love these books.

Elena Tucker
3 min readDec 31, 2023

We have a dog, Bella, we adopted from Denver’s Dumb Friend’s League. She’s a sweet dog. It takes her one minute to get over her shyness and to get to know other people, then she’ll nudge her big, giant head under their hands in constant attempts to get their love if they stop petting her for even a moment.

However, except for our other dog, Toffee, who is part of her pack, Bella is also dog-reactive. And, sadly, she has every reason to be — she was attacked two times on our on-leash walks around the neighborhood. Bella doesn’t start fights, but by all that is righteous, she knows how to end…

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Elena Tucker

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.