Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
“Dear Pen Pal”
CB, a “handsome, though currently sullen” teenager, writes a letter to his pen pal -- a pen pal who never wrote back to him when he was a child -- and hopes that the pen pal is “still there.” He talks about a recent trauma: his beloved beagle dog contracted rabies, slaughtered the yellow bird who was his friend, and had to be put to death. After his dog died, says CB “the raincloud came back, and everything went to hell…”
CB and his Sister stand in the rain, in their backyard, in the rain, at CB’s dog’s grave. It is the funeral. CB’s Sister smokes. They quarrel about who should say a prayer. CB accuses his sister of being religiously fickle, and makes fun of the Goth, Wiccan identity she has picked up this week. They quarrel about who is more embarrassing, and how much CB’s dog actually liked CB’s sister. CB’s Sister storms off.
CB and Van sit on a brick wall. Van, a smoker who is pretty relaxed, offers CB a hit of his “kind bud”, and