Nixi and Shuffles were supposed to be good little doggos. That’s what they’d been told when Brandon had left them with the sitter. The instructions had been very clear, they were to be very good, do what they were told, and be happy puppies. Oh, and have a good time.
Then Brandon had patted them both on the head and left with his one bag and a lunch. That’s when it had suddenly dawned on Nixi that he wasn’t taking them with him. It came as a sudden shock, even though he’d been telling them about it all morning long. But now, when they were left with the sitter, things had become very real.
The pups wandered around Jewel’s home, mostly wondering what to do next while Jewel and her friend relaxed on the sofa and watched.
It didn’t take long before the pups began to howl for their friend to come back. Whining and scratching at the door, they danced around in a fret. They were not taking this situation too well, but the first reaction usually wears off after a while.
It wasn’t. Instead, the pups had turned to one another and began discussing what to do next. Brandon had certainly forgotten to take them with. This had to be a mistake or something. He was coming back at any moment to get them. This was there considering as they woofed back and forth,
Shuffles tried digging under the door, and that’s when the others decided to do something about the anxious pups. It was up from the sofa and the whiny pups were corralled up and leashed. Three pups all bundled together and tethered to one young woman was quite the sight with a lot of potential for things to go awry.
Jewel’s friend decided to take them all out for a breath of fresh air, hoping it would calm them down some. So out they went through the front door and into the yard. This turned out to be a mistake. The pups had now discovered that if they ran fast enough, they could catch up to Brandon somewhere down this road.
And of course dog see dog run, so Jewel had to chase. This pulled their friend into a hop and a rapid skip as she tried desperately to rein the pups back under control. From the sidelines, the neighborhood cat meowed with laughter but quickly ran away when the dogs mushed directly for him.
“I can still smell him!” Nixi ruffed tugging forward, “He’s somewhere this way.”
“Yes, follow me!” Shuffles bounced ahead.
“This is fun!” Jewel yipped.
“Stop!” was all the poor woman could manage as she was drawn out of the yard and onto the sidewalk.
And they stopped. Very suddenly. This left Jewel’s friend in a stumble as she rolled onto the pups that had all stopped in their tracks. At least it was a fluffy landing. When she’d finally gotten up from the pile of dogs and dusted herself off, she pulled the pups back into the yard and relaxed for a moment.
“What were we supposed to be doing now?” Shuffles asked curiously.
“We’re supposed to ‘stop’ is what the game is now,” Jewel answered.
“Yeah, but what about those birds over there?” Nixi wondered.
While they’d finally forgotten to be worried about Brandon, the pups had not forgotten how to give a puppy-sitter a hard time. And that’s because they’d already forgotten what their pal had told them to do…
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.