Edited by Ardra L. Cole and Sharon Sbrocchi
Every day, like clockwork, without effort or negotiation, our dogs ‘show up’ for us however we need them. In many ways, they make it possible for us to do what we do and be who we are; yet, their presence and roles are seldom acknowledged and often dismissed in the work they make possible, and outrightly prohibited in our institutional workplaces. As many reveal in this collection, some of our best academic work is attributable to the presence of dogs in our lives. In so many ways, in creative places outside institutions, dogs inspire, enable, and help us to make meaning of our academic life and work.
In addition to being a book of good stories, this is also a transgressive text. Gathered together between these covers are poets, visual artists, performers, essayists, fiction writers–storytellers and scholars all. They openly struggle with limitations of humanness, admit, indeed celebrate, inadequacies tied to over-reliance on human language, and unapologetically write love into academic discourse.
Authors’ search for words that come close to some semblance of knowing Dog, signifies an exquisite attention to nuances of behaviour, a persistence to know the unknowable, and a deep respect for the dogs in their/our lives who keep us searching, wondering, attending, and learning inside and beyond the academic dog park.