Nixi and Shuffles waited for Brandon to open the door. It was a strange sort of dance with heads turning to and fro to check every move of their friend as well as just making sure the door was still there.
“Open the door, hurry!” the pups whined in unison.
Brandon was slow because he was carrying the things. He juggled the bag and the other bag and the third bag that had been stuffed with snacks. All the things were changing hands as Brandon tried to decide the best way to carry the stuff. He’d considered having the pups carry some stuff, but that didn’t quite seem feasible.
The pups had quickly recognized what was going on here. There was fun time to be had out in the park. It was a favorite past-time, but something was a little different about this time. Brandon was trying to carry too much stuff all at the same time.
Eventually, the front door opened to reveal Jewel and her friend who had been waiting for what seemed like forever. But there was no time to complain, it was time to get moving. They had to get to the park!
The crowd moved toward the elevator and crammed inside. It was a full house, sandals flopping around on the cool floor and nails clicking as the pups danced around excitedly. Impatiently, they all waited for the doors to open out into the lobby so they could get this show on the road.
But the doors didn’t open into the lobby. With a loud “ding,” the doors slid open right into a hallway identical to the one they’d just left. The pups were confused. Were they going to the park or was this some sort of joke. Brandon hopped out, still juggling his bags and started making his way down the hallway.
Reluctantly, the pups followed him, not knowing where they were going. Down the hall and to the right was a lonely door that no one would have even noticed had Brandon not stopped right in front of it and waited.
Once the crowd was gathered, Jewel’s pal grabbed the handle and pushed. The door opened up big and wide, revealing a stair case that led upward. The pups were utterly baffled by this new thing. The park was down, not up some stairs. Things were getting confusing.
Brandon stepped in and climbed the stairs, calling for the others to follow his lead. With little other choice, everyone tagged along and climbed upward as well. All the sides were solid walls, and there was a nice coolness that seemed to radiate off of them.
At the top of the stairs, another door was pushed open, letting in the nice cool air of the afternoon. The pups peered out curiously, trying to figure out what this place was. The ground was covered in some sort of fake grass that couldn’t deceive the pups, but it was better than hot pavement.
That’s when they noticed all the others. There were more people and pups up here, hanging around in the cool of the afternoon. The pups splashed around in a small tub of water as they wrestled for the rope. The people were hanging around a table, doing things that sounded yummy.
Brandon laid out some food stuffs up high on the table, but denied any pup from seeing what else was happening. It was to remain a mystery it seemed. The only clues were passed along as the breeze carried lite whiffs of the different snacks to be had.
“What are we waiting for?” Nixi barked. “When do we eat?”
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.