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poor Dee Dee. Her body was found in the lot next to his house with a trail of vomit from food (meat packed around an un - known substance) that the neighbor had placed out. But again, the war frustrated the hope of justice for Dee Dee as there was no male figure to fight the neighbor and others were more concerned with saving a human life than a dog. And then, on the day that victory over Japan was announced, another tragedy struck the Walsh family: Dickie was diagnosed with polio. "War and polio were two major events in my father's childhood like that of many of his contemporaries," says Kevin Walsh. "When we wrote this book, we felt that so many people could read our stories and encounters with history and dogs as their own. This book is made for vicarious living. It is about families going through good times and bad ones." From there, the story chronicles all of the dogs in the family, and special stories that stand out for each narrator. Financial stress is remembered during the time that the family was paying for Dickie's treatments at Warm Springs, Georgia. There was no money left to buy a dog. The family attempted to adopt a dog, Frisky, from the pound. Unfortunately, Frisky lived up to her name and became too much for Dickie when he returned. Then came Poker. Bob's father decided to address the family's financial matters and need for a new dog by using his winnings from a poker night to buy a dog. 157 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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