March 10, 2000

In Dog We Trust (2000)

Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answer this question and others.

Photo by Avi Steinhardt

We made an updated version of this episode in 2018.


Heather and her girlfriend lived with a cat named Sid. The girlfriend showed all sorts of affection toward Sid that she never showed toward Heather. And at some point, against her better judgment, Heather started to become jealous. (4 minutes)
Act One

The Youth In Asia

When a pet dies, to what degree can it be replaced by another? And to what degree can pets replace people in our lives? David Sedaris tells this story of cats and dogs and other animals. (16 minutes)
Act Three


Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo.

This work of fiction originally appeared in the Autumn 1999 issue of Story magazine. (23 minutes)