Nixi was getting exhausted. She’d been running all afternoon with rarely a break for water and not even a snack to fit in between. It was only a matter of time before she gave up, but this was not that moment. She was determined, ever so determined, to stay away from that puppy.
The park had started out relatively empty save an old lady and her old dog that enjoyed the slower pace of hanging around and enjoying being a dog. This made playtime easy and enjoyable for Nixi, Shuffles and Brandon. However, things quickly changed with the single addition of a little girl and her puppy.
All the calm had utterly abandoned the playing field. The puppy was super hyper with a heavy dose of sugar slipped in somewhere. There was no controlling the ball of fuzz that bounced along on it’s own. In fact, one might have even thought someone had tossed a fuzzy ball and it just kept rolling every which way the wind carried it.
Nixi and Shuffles tried to play nicely like it was any other normal day. But today was not that day. Today was a special day. It was the puppy’s birthday. At least that was what the puppy told them. Of course that’s what he’d told everyone everyday since he realized that birthdays were a good occasion for treats.
“It’s my birthday!” the puppy yipped.
“Well happy birthday then,” Nixi woofed as the puppy bounced and swatted at the air.
“Where’s all my presents!” the puppy yipped again, rolling over and doing an odd flip that sort of looked like it should have hurt.
“We, uhm,” Nixi looked at Shuffles and then back at the puppy, “We didn’t know it was your birthday.”
“No problem, just give me a present and make it tasty!” the puppy barked and did another flip.
When it became apparent that the puppy was not getting a present out of Nixi or Shuffles the chase started. No one ran because the puppy was big or anything, it was just that puppies tend to have this strange undefeatable mode where they start trying to play with you and it just getts really crazy from there if you’re trapped in it’s path.
So the puppy chased the doggy duo around and around the water fountain. The race was full of rolls and flipps and direction changes. Sometimes the puppy would chase them from one side, flip over, pause until she’d gotten her bearings and then made a straight shot for the duo.
Meanwhile, everyone else watched and laughed like it was funny or something. But it wasn’t funny to Nixi or Shuffles. They were practically running for their lives. No one wants to be nipped by puppy teeth. It’s a terrible thing and they don’t let go, like tiny crocodiles or something. And all the licking is just too much to handle, especially when they try licking every bit of your face, even your eyeballs!
Luckily for the duo and the old dog that had wandered too close to the scene to be left unlicked, the puppy passed out. It was a long hard race for their lives, but Nixi and Shuffles had finally made it. With one last yip, the puppy rolled over at the fountain and took a lap of water before falling asleep right there.
Nixi and Shuffles found a patch of soft grass to lay down on, panting so hard they could barely squeeze a woof out. They watched happily as the little girl scooped up her puppy and rubbed her down. Finally it was all over. The wild beast was tamed…or so they thought.
A treat for the puppy? Indeed. A sweet piece of deliciousness to wind the puppy back up again. The tail wagged slowly at first and then began to speed up with more enthusiasm. And then the treat was all gone and the puppy said:
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.