Sunday, February 27, 2005

Bow Wow Land: 18th and Delmar

Behind St. Nicholas Catholic Church, near the corner of 18th and Delmar, the two junkyard dogs wait behind the cyclone fence, anticipating the approach of the workers, one of whom pushes a heavy cart that rattles as it is wheeled across the crumbling asphalt. As they pass, the German Shepherds, the older male and the female with one drooping ear, begin frantically barking, running the length of their enclosure. They perform their ritual every week, exhibiting the same vigor and enthusiam: prancing, colliding, gnawing on each other's ruffs, until the workers turn the corner and disappear.