Hello everyone! As part of Short Story Saturday, I have posted another short story, this one entitled It’s a Doggie Dog World. I apologize for the short length. Please enjoy.
The muffle flashed. The bullet went through her left shoulder narrowly missing bone.
She fell to the floor in pain. Slipping in her blood as she reached for the handle of the oven to lift herself to her feet, the woman took a look at the face of her would-be assassin. Her heart sank.
“Why did you do this, Fido?” she asked.
“I heard you were stiffing me on bones,” her dog answered.
“How did you know?”
“The cat told me.”
“I knew I shouldn’t have trusted him.”
Fido slowly closed in on her. She knew death was imminent. Many thoughts raced through her mind but the most prevalent mystery in her head was how the dog was able to hold a gun in his hand without a single opposable digit.
The woman fumbled around the countertop desperately seeking a weapon. Her hands shuffled frantically through some papers. A smile crept onto her face when she found what she was searching for.
“I didn’t want to have to do this, but I’m afraid you’ve left me little choice.” The woman pulled out a magazine hidden underneath some advertisements and a couple of bills. She rolled it into a tube.
“Bad dog!” The woman struck the dog’s nose with the magazine causing the dog to drop the gun on the floor. Lucky for them it didn’t fire in spite of the impact.
“What? No, I’m not a bad dog!”
“No shooting your master! Bad dog!” She struck the dog several times on his rear end. The dog let out an anguished howl several times in response.
The woman knelt next to the dog’s nose and rubbed it into her wounded shoulder. “Look at what you did!” she reprimanded. “That’s what happens when you play with guns. Bad dog!” She struck the dog several times again with the magazine which elicited another series of anguished cries.
“Are you going to behave from now on?” the woman asked. The dog nodded silently.
“Are you going to play with guns?” The dog shook his head “no.”
“Let’s shake on it. Shake Fido.” The dog raised his paw. The woman grabbed it and shook it up and down.
“All right, good dog. You’re forgiven.” Fido laid on his back and allowed the woman to rub his belly. He started panting, barking, and wagging his tail with joy.
“Aw, look at you. I think you deserve a treat. Then I’d better bandage up this arm before I pass out due to blood loss.” She reached into the kitchen cabinet and pulled out a box of treats.
“Sit,” she instructed the dog. Fido obediently complied. “Good dog.” The woman threw down three treats for the dog. After petting Fido on the head, she went upstairs to the master bedroom in order to access the medicine cabinet so that she could finally address her bleeding shoulder.
“Wait a second,” Fido said to himself after helping himself to the treats, “Aren’t I supposed to get four treats?”
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