“I’m stuck in a donut…HELP!” Charlie ran circles in the backyard, randomly kicking his back feet in the air hoping to free himself from the massive donut that threatened to strangle him.
“You ridiculous dog!” The poodle that shared people with Charlie could hardly stand Charlie’s silliness. “The people are trying to protect you from yourself.”
Charlie yelped, “Then why would they strangle me with a donut?”
Charlie fought back tears and dramatically shared his story, “I went for a ride with Dad, we stopped at that place with all the good smells and the next thing I knew I woke up with this thing around my neck.” He whispered, “I’m sore…you know…down there.”
The Poodle howled, “They had you neutered!”
Charlie stood like a statue, “There is nothing funny about that!”
The poodle walked away from Charlie and howled with more laughter, “And it will be weeks until you can check out the damage!”
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This post inspired by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and the photo prompt provided by Yinglan.
This week Cee has asked us to share a black & white photo of “2 different things.”
I chose a photo of my puppy Sandye with her stuffed piggy.
If you would like to see more black and white photos visit Cee’s page
Cee has opted for an open topic this week…so we get to post the photos of our choice!
I’ve chosen to post a few photos I took while in Mexico earlier this month.
We visited a local cemetery. This cross with the hat and cane really touched me. I imagine this gentleman must have been someone’s grandfather. And for some reason I think he must have been quite a character…
This is Harley…his people were our hosts for the week.
And finally…a street sign.
For more B & W photos, visit Cee’s page…you will not be disappointed.
“If God wants me to have another dog, he’ll send one to live on my porch.” I had just lost my dog “Andi” and a friend was asking if I would be getting another dog.
Andi had been with me for 12 years before developing cancer. I missed her and really had no desire to “replace” her.
A few weeks later this white dog was spotted running around the neighborhood. He seemed afraid, hiding in bushes and running as soon as anyone got close to him. No one was able to catch him. Then one day one of my neighbors caught him and was attempting to pull a large burr from his fur. As this was happening, I walked out on my porch, the white dog broke away from my neighbor and ran straight to me.
We bonded immediately.
Several weeks later I took him to the sheltered workshop where I was employed. One of the clients said to me, “Do you believe when something dies it comes back as something else?”
I responded, “Some people do believe that is what happens.”
With a big smile she said, “We think Freckles is Andi.”
I’m not sure exactly why Freckles chose me and I’m not totally convinced Andi didn’t have a paw in it…but no matter why or how…Freckles has remained faithfully by my side for the past 13 years. And for this I am grateful.
For her Fun Foto Challenge, Cee has asked us to share photos of “eyes.” They say the eyes are the window to the soul. One of the first things I noticed about Freckles was his eyes. He has the eyes of an old soul. I suspect maybe he has seen more than his 14 years.
I love smiles!
This week Cee has asked us to share photos of smiles….I get excited when I have a challenge in my mind as I’m driving down the road and the perfect subject matter jumps to my attention.
Yesterday this exact thing happened. I was leaving a client’s apartment when I spotted this big smiling sun balloon. My immediate thought? Cee’s Challenge!!
I did a U-turn, jumped out of my car and started taking pictures. I’m sure the construction guys right in front of the balloon (and the liquor store it was advertising) thought I was nuts!
I took this photo of Hershey the Schnauzer Sunday because we had a new happy pillow and she was sitting beside it smiling! (can you imagine a better reason to take a photo?)
And the final photo is my sister-in-law and her son at Easter…this photo makes me smile!
So there you have it….an object smiling, a dog smiling, people smiling and all 3 make me smile!
Those of you that have followed my Facebook page, 365 Days and Counting, for a number of years will remember Commadore.
I met Commadore during the summer of 2014. Him and his dog had travelled to Fort Worth from Florida, by bicycle, to take care of some personal business. When I first met Commadore and Missy (his dog) they were sleeping on the street. Over the next couple weeks we visited and got to know each other. Commadore never asked me for anything, he seemed content to have a friend.
Once Commadore’s personal business was complete he packed up the bike with Missy’s wagon attached, and headed back to Florida.
We stayed in contact during his journey to Florida and fortunately we have stayed in touch off and on over the past two years. I say off and on because there have been times Commadore fell off the grid and I had no idea if he was ok. Eventually he would surface and call me to catch me up on what had been happening in his life.
His life has never been easy. It seemed each time we talked he was either excited about an opportunity or had hit yet another brick wall and was picking himself up and trying to move forward again.
Today Commadore called me. We talked for a few minutes before he told me he was in the hospital. Apparently he is quarantined with Tuberculosis and they also found a few spots on his lungs and are talking about doing biopsies. He has hit another brick wall. Needless to say he is scared.
As always Commadore put the needs of Missy before his own. When I asked him where his dog was staying he said she is with a friend and that he made sure she would be taken care of before agreeing to go into the hospital.
I am worried about Commadore and wish there was something I could do for him. The only thing I know to do is ask for your positive thoughts, prayers and good energy all directed at Commadore for strength and healing.
I told Commadore that he has a lot to do with the work I now do with the homeless and I am grateful for his friendship. I appreciate his willingness to allow me into his life.
Freckles and Sugar posed for this picture Monday while visiting the dog park.
I am so grateful that Freckles came to find me 13 years ago and Sugar tracked down Tina 3 years ago. We are fortunate to be their people.
Freckles & Sugar
You know those memories Facebook puts on our pages? I woke up this morning to a picture of my Pomeranian Chelsea. I had to help her cross the rainbow bridge 2 years ago. A few months before she died I took her to get her annual bluebonnet picture….this is the memory Facebook shared.
Throughout today I thought of Chelsea and the joy she brought to so many people. She went to work with me regularly. She sat through meetings, she comforted clients and melted the hardest of hearts. She lived to be 18 years old. I was fortunate enough to spend the last 10 years of her life being her person.
I love dogs and believe they are one of the finest creatures to walk this earth. Each dog I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my home with displayed their own uniqueness….their own personality.
But there was something about Chelsea that went above and beyond being a “good dog.” She appeared to anticipate my every move and mood. She was a camera hog that usually knew someone turned on their camera before the humans in the room had any idea. She also had a sixth sense when it came to people with disabilities and made sure they got her undivided attention.
I will continue to have dogs, I will continue to stop and pet any dog within reach and I will continue to wish I could save every stray I hear about. But no matter what, I will never forget Chelsea, and I will always be grateful that I got to be her person.
And no matter how difficult it was, I am grateful I was there to hold her when she crossed the rainbow bridge.
Q: How many dogs in the kennel on the right?
Q: How many dogs in the kennel on the left?
Q: How many dogs belong in one kennel
Sometimes you just have to snuggle up with your friends!