Got a second! Read this story. Love dogs read this story. Like gene splicing read this story.
I’m not a big fan of personified animals. I think that it is creepy to know that your pet is judging you or has needs beyond food and affection.
In this story a gene-spiked dog is narrating. Through the dog’s narration the reader finds out that he is working in some kind of lab where other animals are being spiked, or well, the gene cocktail is being mixed to upgrade humanity and animals alike.
What I think is funny is the way that he looks at non-spiked female dogs. He is not attracted to them because they are just dogs; no true rational thinking going on there, just base loyalty and love for their human masters.
The writing is engaging and a good story is spun in just under three pages. If this wasn’t a dog story, I’d be jealous.
Gunn, Eileen. “Speak, Geek.” Year’s Best SF 12. Ed. David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. New York: EOS, 2007. p. 210 - 213