In this story for all ages, a young pup sees food as the most important thing in life.
A snowy white spitz puppy named Hurricane narrates her early years in this novelette by debut author Kali. The tale springboards from the pup’s first blissful “slurp,” suckling at her mother’s belly, to her adoption by her female, food- and treat-providing human owner. Indeed, food is the overriding theme here, as Hurricane’s observations primarily focus on mealtimes, snacks, treats, grocery shopping, and her seeming ability to influence menu choices (including salami, cake, barbecued chicken) through sheer will. When Hurricane thinks “Filet mignon, filet mignon, that’s what I want to try,” for instance, her vegetarian “Mother” provides it—after watching a TV butcher “making filet mignon out of ordinary steak.” Hurricane’s single-minded focus on eating extends to a stainless-steel food bowl that rings when set on the floor: “I would casually walk over to it. Under my breath, I’d say, ‘You rang?’ Oh, that food bowl, I miss it so.” Many dog lovers will undoubtedly recognize their own canines’ behavior in Hurricane’s pursuit of edibles, and it isn’t surprising to learn, from the author’s note, that the book is based on her real-life dog named Hurricane. The book has an agile narrative flow, hinting at stories outside its narrow, foodcentric focus. For instance, Hurricane makes references here and there to having been a wolf in a previous life (“I would go after food with tenacity”), relates resonant, if overly brief, observations of the older dog and two cats that share her home, and vividly describes her human “Mother” when they met: “Curly brown hair, big brown eyes, light on her feet, oozing energy.” Further Hurricane stories, perhaps expressing other facets of the dog’s personality, might have even broader appeal.
A well-written, tightly focused novelette that will resonate primarily with avid dog lovers.