Books: Short Tails the Mexican Pet

by Jan Harold Brunvand Norton; 221 pages; $13.95

A woman finds a little dog in Tijuana, and when she discovers that the animal's eyes are runny, takes it to the vet. His diagnosis: "First of all, it's not a dog -- it's a Mexican sewer rat. And second, it's dying."

If you believe that really happened, you, like thousands of other gullible Americans, have been taken in by one more of the hundreds of urban legends that regularly make their spoken way across the country. "The Mexican Pet" is nevertheless, the authentic title story of Jan Harold Brunvand's third collection of whoppers. Together, these new wives' tales merge as...

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