At the last count there were over 190 different breeds of dog in the world. Here we have 65 pedigree stories and only a handful have anything to do with dogs. These flash fictions represent best in class of the short literary form; miniature stories that will jump into your lap and let you stroke them, fierce stories that snarl and bare their teeth, stories that will leave a mess on your carpet. For those who don’t like dogs, there are love-struck cockroaches, six-foot spiders, blue-tongued skinks, horny night bugs. Meg Pokrass’s stories are about the necessary animals sitting next to all of us.