Five Minute Friday: Friend

(I participate with a group of writers in a weekly “Five Minute Friday” writing exercise. In response to a word prompt, each writer sits down for five minutes for “no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” This is also described as a sort of writing flash mob and a great form of “free therapy” )

Five Minute Friday: Friend

Go.

I am not a dog person.

Or so I always thought.

Growing up we mostly had cats.

Fish. Guinea pigs. A hamster. Little turtles.

But never a dog.

I didn’t dislike them, but honestly never thought of having one living in my house.

Until one day in October, a year and a half ago.

Our son had been campaigning for several years.

Can we have a dog?

Can we have a dog?

Can we have a dog?

(Probably not.)

On this sunny October day we headed out to volunteer at a community event.

Waiting at that event, unbeknownst to us, was a little four month old puppy, just getting over parvo virus, saved from a shelter by a local animal rescue group and now up for adoption.

Our son found her and started walking around with her.

Can we keep her?

Can we keep her?

Can we keep her?

Can we keep her?

This time he had dozens of people who took up his cause.

You should let him keep her. Look at them together.

You should let him keep her. Look at them together.

You should let him keep her. Look at them together.

It wasn’t the plan when that day dawned, but we came home with a dog.

We came home with Tess.

I ran to Wal Mart and got a leash and a small crate and a food/water dish.

Maybe I am not a dog person.

But I am a Tess person.

She’s my friend.

Stop.

Puppy laying down and looking at camera

 

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