I was interested in the idea of not giving animals names, as is suggested in the short story, "Strays." It was an intriguing thought because animals do not use language and rely on basic senses to communicate, so they have no use for a name. Although dogs and cats seem to understand when they have been given a name, so maybe if they could speak they would develop a language.
The author does a good job of suggesting a story without telling any specific events. It's not really a series of events, but rather a vague place in time. The last two paragraphs are my favorite.
"There would be saucers everywhere, some stained with milk, others brimming with dirty rainwater. She belived in the curative powers of rain.
" 'I never give any of them names. We don't know an animal's name. A name's what we use instead of smelling.' "
Dybek has the ability to give a vivid description of characters and places in very few words.