By Rheta Grimsley Johnson
within the canine Buried Over the Bridge, nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson makes use of a parade of cherished canine to take readers on a colourful trip. It’s probably not a puppy booklet within the outdated Yeller experience; it’s a private tale that makes use of canines as metaphors for romance, loss, and life.“Working for newspapers a long time you exponentially; it’s like puppy years,” Rheta says. Readers stick with her as a starry-eyed newlywed beginning a weekly newspaper on Georgia’s unique St. Simons Island, via stints at a variety of different Southern newspapers, and at last to her writing existence in distant and dog-friendly Fishtrap hole, MS. That’s the dateline for her long-running column and where Rheta has known as domestic for nearly 30 years, regardless of growing to be up “a woman of curbs and gutters, no longer creeks and critters.”
Along the way in which, readers meet Rheta’s eccentric acquaintances, her pals, her 3 husbands, and—best of all—her canines. She introduces Monster, “a gigantic galoot of a mutt, the variegated colour of a hand-knitted sweater a dour aunt may perhaps offer you for Christmas”; Humphrey, who spent a lot of 1 evening in an house advanced “patiently lining stolen sneakers up at our again door like a clearance rack at Payless”; Mabel (pronounced May-Belle), the 1st of the canines to be buried “over the bridge” in Rheta’s unhappy little puppy cemetery, who used to be “so appealing that it by no means fairly mattered how a lot rest room paper she shredded, whose hairbrush she destroyed, the place she sat or slept. . . . Scolding Mabel may were stomping a rose”; and Pogo and Albert, who taught Rheta that “grief can kill you, no matter what your species. It isn’t lovely, and it’s a stroll you need to take alone.” There are different canines to boot, for hers has been a lifestyles that measures its caliber in canines.
Rheta claims that she reveals it “harder and more durable to split the people from the canines. that might be like setting apart the earlier from the current, or reminiscence from fact. convinced canines are rather a lot part of lifestyles with sure humans at convinced locations that i can't make a contrast. Why hassle, besides? probably all we're is an amalgamation of the animals we've got enjoyed, the issues they've got taught us. definitely, we study extra from them than they do from us.”