Nixi and Shuffles rooted around the closet floor, sniffing around for anything suspicious. They were playing detective today, trying to figure out who, what, where, when, and such thing about anything they could find. It just seemed like the doggy thing to do.
Brandon had left in such a hurry this morning that he’d forgotten to close the door after he’d grabbed his jacked, which turned out to be beneficial for the pups. It was a rarity to go into such a spot, especially all alone.
“What is this thing?” Shuffles barked as he knocked some of the shoes off the shelf.
“That’s a sneaker,” Nixi ruffed back still sniffing the other pair of shoes.
“Naw, this something different,” Shuffles whispered. “I don’t think this is supposed to be here.”
Nixi looked up from her sneaker to see what Shuffles had found. Indeed it was different. And not really a thing either. It was a new place. Perhaps even more special than the one they presently had invaded.
Nixi rushed over and pushed her friend out of the way so she could get a better look inside. Sure enough, it was an odd place. A tiny crawl space just big enough for a pup to squeeze though.
They went inside. The space opened up a little bigger and there were things in here too. Things that the pups had never sniffed before. These things must be sniffed at once, without hesitation. Everything inspected and sorted according to peculiarness.
That’s when the sneezing began. Very quickly, mind you. Shuffles sneezed again. It was too dusty in here for the pups to sniff around too much. But it was way too interesting to pass on such a cool opportunity.
Then shuffles found the ball. It was an old ball, but still good. Still playable. He grabbed it and pulled it out of the secret place, sneezing occasionally. It’s not that he needed another ball, but it was a cool trophy just to have a tale to tell.
Nixi wanted something as well. If Shuffles could find something cool, she wanted something to have something to show for her discovery. There were so many odd things in here, mostly boxes, but the boxes had lots of stuff in them. But they were completely full of dust so it was hard to really get to the goods without going into fits.
In one of the boxes, sitting right on top was an old dusty thing. It wasn’t the normal sort of object a pup finds just any old day. This was something different, something special. It was sure to make Shuffles very envious.
Nixi got stuck though. The hole was too small for her to get out with her treasure. So she turned around and backed through the hole, trying to drag the thing along with. But it was still stuck. This strange thing was just too big to fit through the entrance to the secret place.
“Help me get this thing out of here,” Nixi demanded of her friend.
“You can’t have that, it’s not allowed,” was the report, but Shuffles helped out anyway.
The pups grabbed a hold and started tugging. After the object made some pretty bad noises, like something breaking or folding the wrong way, the thing popped out onto the closet floor. When the pups had caught their breath and the sneezing and weezing had stopped, they tugged it out into the sofa room area and examined the big find.
The trophy just laid on the floor, looking strange and not really fun in any way whatsoever. But Nixi was happy to have it here. Just to show it off. And that opportunity was soon to come.
The keys jingled at the door and Brandon entered the scene. It wasn’t long after, that he spotted the thing in the middle of the floor. His eyes got wide and full of wonder. He’d forgotten all about that thing, mainly because he’d forgotten where he’d put it.
The old teddy bear stared up from the floor, all dusty and ragged from the years. Lost but now found, the pup detectives had found an odd treasure indeed.
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.