Dante Adventure – Sick Day

dog-2225537_640Shuffles bopped me again, nudging the ball further into my face with his nose. I wasn’t in the mood for playing games right now. I really wasn’t in the mood for anything at all really. Not that it wouldn’t be fun to play a game or something, but I just wasn’t feeling that great.

In fact, I was feeling pretty rough, not even well enough to utter a mild ruff to greet my friend that had finally emerged from the washing room. Even when that’d happened, I stayed my spot and just continued to nap.

I felt so tired, not like normal where a good yawn and a shake of the mane would stir me out of the sleeps. So I just aloud the bopping and bumping and bothering to continue. There wasn’t much I felt I could do to stop it. Maybe later I’d try, but not right now.

The efforts to cheer me up were not working very well. The ball was bounced to me, but I let it bounce away without so much as wagging my tail. Gracie enticed me with the tugging rope, but she couldn’t catch anything on the end of the line. Skipper’s only success was pouncing hard enough on me to knock a few sneezes out of me.

My eyes were sleepy, so very tired and watery. I got up from my spot to get a lap of water, and by this time I had all the attention, even though I really didn’t want it. I just wanted to be left alone, or perhaps a quiet belly rub on the sofa would be nice I suppose.

I licked my nose a few times to try getting rid of the tickling sensations that where there, then I decided to find a warm spot to snooze on. Preferably, I wanted the spot where the sun beamed through the window, but Skipper liked that spot too. Probably just have to lay on him to get him out of the way if I need to.

But before I could mosey on over into the other room for the nap, I was snagged by my friend and she quickly began examining me. We looked into each other’s eyes before she started checking my ears and tugging on my fur around my face and back.

Eventually I had to open up wide, which normally I would resist, but didn’t have the energy to do so today. Gracie looked deep into my mouth and wondered aloud about the things she was finding in there.

So I sneezed in her face. It started out as an attempt to tell her that my nose was being tickled and my whiskers were all tingling, but it came out more like a sudden storm of slobber. But at least I felt better afterwards.

She looked just as surprised as I was. I didn’t know what to do but say the sorries and give her some licks and kisses. The licks were not as well accepted, perhaps because there was already a lot of slobber on her face already.

After my friend had wiped her face, she turned her eyes on me, and I could tell what was coming next. Nobody likes feeling sick and stuffy, but the worst part comes when you find out you get a nice trip to the doc’s office! Nooooo!


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories. Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky, Nixi, and Dante give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own adventures.