Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #115 by Keith Channing

Here are Keith’s words to explain what is going on. “Using this photo (Below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; and either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithkreates@channing.fr before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.”

Here is the photo

Kreative Kue #115

Lunch by John W. Howellย ยฉ 2017

“Hey, humans. Get that phone will ya? Where did everyone go?”

“We are in the kitchen, Ralphy. Just let it ring.”

“OMG. Did you have to have a klaxon horn for a ringtone?”

“George maybe you had better answer it.”

“Not me. You know who it is.”

“You don’t know that for sure. Go look see if the caller ID confirms it.”

“I’m telling you, I don’t even want to go near it. She’ll know.”

“Don’t be a fool. She will not know.”

“You humans in the house. Anybody going to answer this thing or do I keep on barking?”

“Hush Ralphy. I’m coming to look.”

“Look? Why not just toss it out?”

“Harriet. It is her. I’m not going to answer it.”

“George you coward. Hit the silent button.”

“She’ll know I hit silent.”

“She won’t care. Our lunch is going to the flies. Shut the phone off. I don’t know why we run when that thing goes off anyway.”

“Okay, there I did it.”

“Good man. See you are brave after all. Okay, Ralphy ย jump back up on your chair and let’s continue with our lunch.”

“By the way. How did you teach that dog to use a knife and fork?”

“It was easy. I think he already knew. Was that her on the phone?”


“See she never knew.”

“Wait until next time.”

“Why does she keep calling?”

“I dunno. I guess she doesn’t have a lot of friends.”

“What does she want anyway?”

“To give us a sea cruise.”

“What’s wrong with that anyway?”

“We get seasick, and I would hate to disappoint her by saying no.”

“You are a good man, George. Ralphy don’t gulp your food. Take a drink of water.”

“He handles that bottle well too.”



  1. Great John.. all they need to do now is teach Ralphy to answer the phone… hugs

    1. I think he could. I don’t blame him for not wanting to though. Thank you,Sally

  2. Gifted dog, that one. Now if they can only teach it (a) to use the toilet properly, and flush it afterward, and (b) to put the toys back in the toy-box when he’s finished playing with them, he’ll be almost perfect.
    Good man, George, too. I don’t do well on the water so can sympathise with his quandary.

    1. Plus the scam factor might be big. Thanks, Keith

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Ralphy is a pretty smart pup…getting those humans to silence the phone and serve him a tasty meal….loved the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a super day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Even Ralphy is smart enough not to go near that table. What the heck?

    1. Ha ha ha. I wondered the same thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Didn’t see the well-mannered dog coming. Skipping the cruise is probably for the best too.

    1. There is no such thing as a free cruise. Thanks, Charles.

      1. A pirate’s life for me.

  6. Real cute – looking at the photo from a sure different angle!!

    1. My angle is usually pretty strange. Thanks, GP.

  7. I think I might get the phone and let the flies have that meal. Where’s the bacon?

    1. Ha ha ha. Yes, where is the bacon? Thanks, Dan

  8. I’m so impressed! A talking dog who sits at the table, uses a knife and fork to eat his lunch and drinks water from a bottle. Wow! What next? Great post, John!

    1. Who knows what’s next. This is the beauty of fiction. Thanks, John

      1. I’ll drink to that!

  9. I never know where your stories are going to lead, John. Ralphy sure is one of a kind ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. He is. “Down boy.”

  10. Ugh, beans again. I’ll bet they don’t serve beans on that ship.

    1. Unless you’re in the brig.

      1. Beans on toast kind of sounds like brig cuisine.

      2. Big tin cup of water on the side.

  11. What an awful-looking meal — pork ‘n beans smeared over toast with some sprinkles of cheese or something. Yuck. I can’t even imagine Ralphy going for it. Great job, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. Different strokes as they say

  12. What’s the big deal? My cat can do all this. He also likes to press the stop button when I’m on the treadmill – pretty entertaining sight.

    1. Ha ha ha. I can see your sudden stop right now.

  13. Great one, John, but somehow I could never get past the idea of pork ‘n beans on bread…

    1. I know how you feel. Pork ‘n beans and a big slab of brisket maybe. But bread? Not so much. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Even the dog thinks lunch looks terrible. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. For sure. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Ralphy is my new favorite literary canine.

  16. Lunch? It was missing an egg over easy, with some ham or bacon, a slice of tomato, and a pot of tea, and that would be Breakfast…or dinner.

    Although I’ve never been a fan of baked beans on toast. I eat them separately not put together. I have a thing about what food touches what food. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ralphy is one sharp pup!

    1. My daughter also has a ting about food touching food. Don’t know where it came from but was a challenge when she was young. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I don’t where it came from either. I’ve been that way about certain foods all my life. Baked beans have to be in their own bowl or plate, and so does cottage cheese. Those two are the my main foods that can’t touch other foods. ๐Ÿ™‚ It drove my Dad nuts.

        It’s nice to know I’m not alone!

      2. And it is nice to know I’m not alone on being driven nuts.

    1. Thank you , Traci

      1. You’re welcome, John!

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