The Literary Pet of the Month Is Bagheera
“When Bagheera gives you side-eye, it means that he is scrutinizing your split ends, reimagining you as a blonde.”
People always assume he is a girl. He doesn’t mind this and neither do I. Of the list of names that I actually call him on a daily basis: Bagoogy Fresh, My Little Kitchen Sink, Chickens, and Ra-Roo. According to my mom, Ra-Roo was the name of her old hairdresser’s dog. When Bagheera gives you side-eye, it means that he is scrutinizing your split ends, reimagining you as a blonde. Either that, or side-eye is a look he shoots you when you have been writing too long. He uses it to convey dismay, to tell you that his bladder is about to explode, that your plot is veering off course. I think this is really why my partner doesn’t like dogs. Bagheera is the only one she has ever lived with. She doesn’t like his side-eye, his scrutiny. She is sensitive about her first drafts. She doesn’t want anyone looking at her work until it's complete.