There were boxes opened and currently being explored. Nixi could smell the familiar scent of the year. It was a common practice to do such things and Brandon was enjoying the treasures, examining each one as he brought it over to the tree he’d put in the corner. The scent of all the glowy things and trinkets of old had filled the room and the pups were patiently watching to see what would emerge from the box next.
Out came some more shiny balls, tinkling and dinking as they bopped against one another. These were so totally cool, but neither pup was permitted to play with them. And Brandon was definitely not going to throw them. Instead, they were also hung on the tree along with all the other trinkets.
“When are you gonna find something for us to play with?” Shuffles whined again.
Brandon just ignored the impatient pups and continued with his agenda. Yes, he was taking his time and enjoying each ornament that the box held, perhaps remembering things of time past, smiling every now and then without even realizing it.
This was odd to the pups who did not have time for such things. When it’s playtime it is the time to play. And with all those cool toys stored away, how could anyone pass up such an opportunity. Nixi huffed and Shuffles puffed, but Brandon remained calm and tranquil.
When the pups thought there would be no end to this long wait, Brandon finally finished things up by plugging in the tree. The room burst robust with light and the pup’s eyes shined like stars as they too drew in the splendor of such an event.
“This is pretty cool…” Shuffles eyed Nixi ever so slyly
“It sure it,” Nixi continued the thinking like the sneaky pup she can be, “cool enough for a race around!”
With that, the pups began circling the base of the tree, their path aglow with sparkly light and the sound of music that saturated the normally quiet apartment keeping the pace. Nixi was first to chase, then Shuffles was tagged and he was it. But he didn’t like to be it, so he was quick to pass it back to Nixi. And she didn’t like being it either, so she had to tag her friend back.
Brandon’s face had started out calm and quiet, but was now eyes wide open in surprise. The pups must be stopped or they’d surely knock something over. One does not always consider that they must dog-proof everything around the home, but it would be wise to do so in the future.
However, the race must be stopped, and Brandon was quick to join in the chase. This threw the game for a loop though, because there were suddenly two that were “it” according to the rules Yes, there are rules and they must be followed. We can’t just have everyone chasing and nobody running…right?
So it became official, Brandon was now permanently “it.” He was stuck with it too. So it’s a good thing the pups didn’t want to be it. It all worked itself out in the end. What a wonderful evening for a game this has turned out to be.
“Yeah!” the pups yelped in unison as they fled into another room, “We knew you’d finally find the funstuff…even if it took you all day!”
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.