A puppy’s belly is powdery like the sun bleached face of an inflated balloon. It is dusty like a summer road with dirt the color of milked coffee rising in small plumes around your bare bony ankles. A puppy’s belly is elasticky and it pulls like the smocking on a small girl’s dress. Puppy bellies pick up warmth and hold it brightly like blue bowls of lemons left on the counter on summer afternoons. Puppies carry whimpers and sighs and groans deep in their bellies and roll out the utterances over pink tongues.