Voices on the Wind Voices on Relaxation
How to Calm Your Beagle in a Storm by David Southward Begin by nestling him between your upper thigh and a sofa’s padded arm. When the rumbling nears and threatens to collapse the sky, gently fold back his velvet earflap, squeeze with forefinger and thumb the tuft of silky fur that lines the portal to his caverned ear, and carefully work out its treasured scent of barley malt and damp blanket. Let the rain come and whatever remains of daylight in the room, go dim; you’ll feel the quivering in his haunches ease, tension drain from his coiled spine as he draws into his depths one double-barreled breath and vanquishes his terror with a sigh.