Thursday – A Little Personal – The Creature

Lucy and Bailey

“Hey, Boss.”

“Hi, Lucy. How are you?

“Just fine. You know I have something I need to discuss with you.”

“Okay, shoot.”

“Come closer.”

“Is this close enough?”

“Yes, Boss. What I need to tell you I don’t want mom to know.”

“Sounds serious. What is it?”

“Yesterday we were walking in the neighborhood andβ€””

“There is something in the storm drain Pops. It hissed at us and made a splash.”

“Thank you, Bailey. Do you know what it is?”

“No. I don’t think I want to know.”

“I’m telling you, Boss. You have to see this thing for yourself.”

“Okay, Lucy. How about on walk we investigate.”

“How about mom? She goes with us on a walk.”

“She’ll be okay. She needs to know too.”

Lucy and Bailey

‘So here is the dreaded sewer. I’m looking in here and don’t see anything.”

“Go closer, Boss. ”

“Still nothing. Why don’t you two come over here?”

Lucy and Bailey

‘Not me Pops. Lucy, you go ahead. Quit tugging my leash.”

“Uh, no. I’m good fromΒ back here.”

“Sorry Bailey. Well, ladies. I don’t see or hear a thing.”

“We are sure there was something, Boss. I think it is time to go home.”

“Well that was a bust. I guess we’ll never know what is in there.”

“I think you are right Bailey. It could be anything. Maybe a fish got caught in there.”

“This was no fish, Pops.”

“Yeah, Boss. It wasn’t a fish.”

“You okay though, Lucy.”

“I think I’ll have a little lay down. Things will look brighter at dinner time.”

“Good idea, Lucy. I’ll call you when its time.”

“You’re a mensch, Boss.”


  1. I believe them…an alligator perhaps? That second shot of Lucy cracks me up! Good one, John! Happy Thursday!

    1. Good guess on the Alligator, Jill. That’s what I think. πŸ™‚

  2. Let us know when you find out what it is, John. Can’t have the pups at risk, can we?

    1. For sure. The only other strange thing is half eaten fish floating in the water. Could be alligator.

  3. Oh, those poor girls. Their expressions are priceless. You are a mensch, John.

    1. Thanks, Staci. πŸ˜€

  4. Flashback to the movie “It”! The drain scene terrified me, still does.

    1. I know, Pam. I’m with you. Thanks.

  5. I keep thinking of Pennywise, but I didn’t think he goes for dogs. Now, I’m curious as to what it could have been.

    1. Sine I have found half eaten fish floating in the pond I’m guessing alligator.

      1. And here I thought alligators in the sewers was only an urban legend.

      2. Our sewer is connected to the holding pond for rain water run off so technically it is just part of the pond.

  6. I’m with the dogs, John. That looks like an eye at the corner of the drain cover. πŸ˜€
    Delightful Thursday morning visit. It relaxed me in the face of the workday. Well, not relaxed, but it helped. o_O Hugs!

    1. Good deal, Teagan. There is more to life than work for sure. Hoping you thrive today. Hugs.

      1. I should have known that you would not miss the fact that I didn’t mention “thriving Thursday”… ^^’ I’m busted. But now I will try my best to have a thriving Thursday, and always (of course) wish you one as well. Hugs back!

      2. Ha ha ha. Unintentional, but always want you to thrive cause sometimes the work world doesn’t.

  7. I’m going to go with Lucy’s instinct, John. I’d lock the doors early tonight…maybe sleep with a bat near your bed.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan.

  8. Awww! Sometimes superior nasal abilities can be a curse! πŸ™‚
    If Toby had been there it would have been hard to stop him from going down the drain to investigate further – the number of times he’s got in trouble following a scent is unscalable! πŸ˜›

    1. Ha ha ha. I guess ours just don’t have it. Thanks, Jan

  9. Definitely a giant hissing cockroach mutating in the sewer. …. FYI: I really enjoy this series. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha ha. From Madagascar I’m sure. I’m glad you enjoy it, Frank.

      1. Good Morning John. I saw something this morning that I knew I had to pass along to you. … Enjoy!

      2. Ha ha ha. Good one, Donald.

      3. … and Obama not the one approving the new embassy.

      4. I know right? Perfect blame scene though.

      5. At least he knows the recipe for assigning blame.

      6. Gotta give him want. No wait, don’t.

  10. It’s good they alerted you before you went spelunking in the sewers for one of your views of the neighborhood.

    1. Ha ha ha. Yes. I could see a nose job in the future.

  11. Gwen Plano · ·

    Another delightful dialogue, John. Lucy and Bailey are not only beautiful, they are considerate – they don’t want to alarm Mom. Anything that hisses is alarming and definitely to be avoided. Have a wonderful, hiss-free day. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a beautiful day.

  12. Always a treat, John! I’m curious to know what the sound was. lol. Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

    1. Me too, Natalie. I’ll try to find out.

  13. CRITTER: Hey Mom.


    CRITTER: There is something looking down at us from outside the gutter.

    CRITTER MOTHER: [looks] I don’t see anything.

    CRITTER: I think it’s a dog.

    CRITTER MOTHER: Probably just your imagination.

    1. Ha!!!! That’s fabulous.

      1. Greg’s the best. Thanks, Teagan.

    2. Ha ha ha. Well done, Greg. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  14. I love the little monster twist. And this is how (doggy) urban legends are born!

    1. Yes. This might be a mystery plot in the making. (No wings though)

      1. I thought the wings would be kind of tough fitting down there πŸ™‚

  15. It’s either Pennywise or Johnny Manziel. Maybe both . . .

    1. I’ll go with Johnny football.

      1. I would have to agree. Definitely the scarier of the two . . .

  16. These two are so entertaining! I love their expressions. This was a case of genuine worry. Glad you didn’t find anything in the dreaded sewer. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha hah a. Not to say it is not there. We’ll keep hunting.

  17. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    As long as it isn’t a clown and a balloon didn’t float by…lol. The hissing rules out a cute duck…an alligator or snake?

    1. I’m thinking Alligator. No telling what Hurricane Harvey threw into out pond.

  18. Ha, ha! Have you been reading “It” by Stephen King to the kids at bedtime again? πŸ˜‰ This is so cute. Love it!

    1. Thanks Vashti. It would appear as if I had been reading IT to them. πŸ˜€

  19. Everything’s more manageable after a nice snoozle!! Wonder what was in the storm drain? Oh, and I love Bailey’s leash — very colorful!

    1. Thank you, Debbie.

    1. Ha haha. I thought so too until the half eaten fish show up. Could be a snapping turtle too.

      1. Yeah, the turtle would frighten me as a pup on a walk. Those sweet noses would take a lashing.

      2. They stay pretty much out of harm’s way.

  20. Have you seen any clowns in the neighborhood?

    1. With shiny eyes? No. πŸ˜€

  21. No red ballons though….right?! 😱

  22. Haha hmm wonder what it could have been…🐢

  23. Oh dear, reminds me of It by Stephen King, John. Don’t go near the drains…

    1. I know right. We heard the thing again last evening.

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