Brandon trapped Nixi under his chair again and tickled her feet. It was a challenge to hold the pup still long enough to get to those kicking paws, but he was getting good at it. He wiggled his fingers, checking for any stickers and such that might be in there.
There really wasn’t anything in Nixi’s paws. It was just a game that needed to be played every now and then when Brandon had run into a road block up in his head. Those old brainstorms sometimes get stuck on the horizon and all you end up with is a whole lot of wind blowing through. At least that’s what it feels like every now and then.
Nixi had no idea about her pal’s lack of ideas. All she wanted was to see what he was up to and then it was game on. All of a sudden and without warning, she was getting trapped and the tickle monster was trying to snack on her paws. This made it really hard to run, but at least it was fun.
Kick, roll, spin, and bark was Nixi’s main tactic. It worked well at confusing anyone around that might have the desire to tickle her, but it wasn’t her plan to end the game too early either. Sometimes these surprise games are the best ones, and they always lead to others.
Like now, if Nixi were to get away, then Brandon will have to chase. You can’t just quit these games or run away, you gotta go all the way to the end. And no one really knows when that might be.
Nixi jumped up and and tried to hop away, but Brandon had snagged her and rolled her back under his chair, flipping her belly-up so he could tickle her paws again. She yipped and ruffed her playful barks, informing Brandon that he was no match for her escape skills. It’s just that she wasn’t using her best ones yet…that was her trump-card to be played in case of emergency.
But Brandon had not yet begun to tickle. He was barely using both hands, let alone moving as fast as was necessary to keep his fuzzy friend subdued. He was just toying with her at the moment, but he could keep her there forever in tickle mode if he so desired.
And that’s when Shuffles bounded in to see what all the commotion was about. Everyone froze- Shuffles looked at Brandon. Brandon looked at Nixi. Nixi looked at Shuffles. After a brief pause of all paws, the game started back up with a new player on the scene.
A few bounds later, Shuffles had gotten caught in Brandon’s tickle trap, paws kicking at the air furiously trying to escape the grasp of the their pal’s hands. But the tickling would not stop, it would never stop. Not until…
That’s when the storm finally hit and the light bulb came on inside Brandon’s head. He knew exactly what to do! He’d finally figured it out!
And the pups were both glad they could help…but what about finishing the game first?
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.