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That scrawny little black and white dog shits on my front lawn.

It wanders the street, without a lead or human companionship and it craps and urinates and cocks its leg wherever it chooses.

That dog does what it wants.

There’s no grey and in between, he knows what he thinks and it matches his coat.

I saw him today, tap, tap, tapping along the concrete footpath.

I was sitting poorly at my writing desk with one eye typing and the other exploring the life outside of my home. The contents of everything else, condensed within my window frame, reminded me of all the places I wasn’t.

I wondered about his thoughts.

He wandered around my neighbourhood.

I knew a dog.

He tapped along too and showed me passion with a bite and always suggested that he might: like me.

But he was human.

He taught me things – like new tricks and old dog statistics and how to bark, when you want it and need it so bad.

He was loyal sometimes, all paws and potential. But he ran away. And hasn’t come back.

I still miss him, so much so that it hurts in my heart and sometimes when I walk, I wish he were beside me.


He growled at me once and I know I deserved it and he made me feel like a silly bitch, running in circles and chasing my own tail.

But it was fun.

And dumb.

I’m a smart breed; you can teach me new tricks really quickly, but of course, I also learn the naughty stuff well too.


Yes, that old game.

I have fine manners, but I’m easily distracted.

I am one of those types.

Like a dog with a bone.

And I will love you forever, even if you don’t play with me anymore.

It’s ok; I know how to deal with it.

I will bury it, like all of the other things. Trouble is, I can never set it so deep that it can’t be touched again.

So, I will try to do that.


I will eat you.

© ryan

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  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 3 years ago

    You clever dog….. the bark in this is just the right volume and you obviously know it ain’t a good look to dig too many holes in one’s metaphorical garden….
    Loved your musing here Nic it hit the right tune well and truly

  • heheh :) thank you lovely xo

    – PJ Ryan

  • zomboy
    zomboyalmost 3 years ago

    That scrawny little black and white dog shits on my front lawn.

    great opener :)

  • thank you :)

    – PJ Ryan

  • MatthewM
    MatthewMalmost 3 years ago

    NOW, i was going to say youre a clever bitch but thats ridiculous right?
    So I wont say it :)
    This is a brilliant piece of writing! Well done

  • you can say that. we are talking in dog language after all heheh ;) thanks so much matthew and also for the feature !! big smiles :)

    – PJ Ryan

  • donnamalone
    donnamalonealmost 3 years ago

    Great! wish i had your vocab…Woof!

  • i wish i had your talent with a paint brush ! woof x

    – PJ Ryan

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 3 years ago

    Oh Nic,
    you are a clever (hmmm yep I was going to say bitch too)

    just a fantastic write and even more so read :) love it x

  • thank you sweetness, mwah xo

    – PJ Ryan

  • sandra .
    sandra .almost 3 years ago

    I howl …(metaphorically of course:)

    This is fabulous Nic …:)
    Sandra x

  • me too. baby i’m howlin’ for you. great song. thank you beautiful x

    – PJ Ryan

  • moyo
    moyoalmost 3 years ago

    i followed arcadias footsteps and they led me to a great read. i enjoyed this. very humorous yet still deep.

  • Hi, so pleased you did. Thank you :)

    – PJ Ryan

  • Hector A. Encinas
    Hector A. Encinasalmost 3 years ago

    Nice very clever i like this one :D

  • cheers, much appreciated :)

    – PJ Ryan

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayalmost 3 years ago

    dear madam Ryan this is a wonderful piece of writing. it held me all the way to the end and yes I know the feeling of the buried bone yet not to deep. I truly like this piece and will read others that you have posted. sorry that I haven’t stumbled across your writing sooner.

  • hi there :) thanks for stopping by and leaving me this comment. much appreciated, enjoy :)

    – PJ Ryan

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Nice ending PJ!!!!! This was fun. The comic character lead dog drew me in. You bit me again with your silly grin and old dog wisdom and so had me for lunch. God I love your works! :-)

  • Thanks so much, always appreciated :) Can’t wait to share the next book with you :)

    – PJ Ryan

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