We considered Mabel housebroken, but as any good Buddhist—or new dog owner—knows, identity is a construct, subject to change. In other words, accidents happen, especially when no one’s watching.
Daniel Browne lives in Brooklyn. He has contributed to The Oxford American, The Believer, The Bygone Bureau, Mojo, and The Forward, among others. His fiction appeared most recently in Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. You can visit him at daniel-browne.tumblr.com.