Nixi jumped on Shuffles again, trying hard to get up just a little higher. It wasn’t working very well. The doorknob evaded her reach as she plopped back down onto the ground, getting a little frustrated with the situation.
Shuffles squeaked, just as frustrated. After a good shake of the ears, he got his bearings back and gave Nixi a look that wondered what was next in the plan. None of this was his idea, but he was always up for a challenge. He just didn’t think he was going to be a springboard.
“What now?” Shuffles ruffed and rolled over onto his back and rubbed himself down on the carpet.
Neither pup knew exactly what was beyond the door, but that really didn’t matter. The mission today was to get into the hallway closet. It was a rare moment to see it open, and this morning had been one of those times. Brandon had grabbed a few things out from somewhere in there, and he would not allow anyone else to see or even sniff what was in there. So it was a mystery. And puppies like mysteries.
Shuffles reached up the door again, stretching himself and trying as hard as he possibly could. It still wasn’t enough though. The doorknob was just out of reach. Not to mention the pups had no idea how to even get it to work even if they were able to reach it. But it was something to keep them busy.
Nixi tried crawling up Shuffles as he reached, but he couldn’t hold her up. Both pups collapsed into a heap, dancing around on the floor and trying to put their paws back on the ground where they belonged.
“There’s something in there!, I just know it,” Nixi woofed as she snorted up scents from beyond the door’s threshold.
“Like what?” Shuffles backed up and plopped his haunches against the door, sitting in his odd fashion.
“It’s a secret.”
“Can we dig under the door?” Shuffles adjusted his position and flopped to the floor.
Nixi wondered and reached her paws under the door, clawing at the carpet like it was soft dirt. It tickled her paws, but sure enough, there was something under there. She could feel it. She reached a little deeper and tried to grab at whatever it was. Something soft, like a towel moved.
“There’s something under there for sure,” Nixi barked as she pawed sideways, taking swipes at whatever it was.
Shuffles turned on his side and tried to crawl under the door. It was clearly too small of a space, but he tried anyway. And he made a good show of it as well. Points for determination.
Nixi continued to flutter her paws under the door, whapping at whatever was beyond the hallway door. The soft material was moving closer, but she was still unsure of what it was. After enough swipes, something started appearing from beneath the door’s threshold.
And it was just enough for Shuffles to grab a hold of with his puppy teeth and tug. And he tugged, and he tugged. His dance was perfectly swayed side to side in a nice rhythm, working the secret thing out from it’s secret hiding spot.
“We got it!” Nixi barked as Shuffles gave it one final tug.
The towel was dragged throughout the apartment in a victory parade, both pups proud of their achievement. It was well worth it, all that work. But when at first you don’t succeed, be determined as a dog.
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.