Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #228 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo ( Below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com 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.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Kreative Kue #228

The Big Sleep by John W. Howell © 2019

“Harold.”

“Huh, what?”

“I hear a noise.”

“Come on, Blanch. You know I have to get up early and go chase those stupid chickens.”

“I’m serious. There is someone in the house.”

“Every time you do this. I get up and go searching, and it is always the same.”

“This time, it will be different. I thought I heard something in the other room.”

“I’m wide awake now, and I don’t hear anything.”

“Just a minute, and you will.”

“Still nothing.”

“If it is someone, what would you have me do?”

“Open that maw of yours and bite them on the butt.”

“What and then bring them to bed?”

“Oh, Harold. Just once I wish you could see my side of things.”

“Like your active imagination—Whoa, what was that?”

“See I told you. It is a burglar I’m sure of it.”

“Okay, Blanch. You stay here, and I’ll go investigate.”

“My hero. be careful.”

“I can’t hear you, Blanch, I’m almost out the door.”

“BAD DOG.”

“Yikes, I’m back, Blanch.”

“OMG, Harold, what happened?”

“There was someone in the other room, all right.”

“Why did he yell ‘bad dog?”‘

“Cause I bit him on the butt like you said to do.”

“So?”

“So? It was the owner, that’s so.”

“He didn’t respect your watchdog efforts.”

“Yeah about as much as the chicken chasing efforts. Let’s try to get some sleep.”

“Harold?”

“What?”

“You’re the best.”

“Aw. Thank you, Blanch.”

 

70 comments

  1. As if that sweet little soul would ever have bitten anyone. Nice tale, John.

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    1. Hey, this is fiction. 😁 Who better to bite but the boss.

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      1. You do know, don’t you, that the boss is in the habit of wandering the halls au naturel? One slight slip and it wouldn’t have been his derriere that was caught in the fangs… 😀

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      2. EEEEEYOWWWWWWWWW. Gotta rid my mind of that vision

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  2. LOL! I knew you’d have fun with this one, John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jill.

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  3. Well done, John. I love the back and forth. Watchdogs are underappreciated, at least according to our dog. Especially when we allow the UPS man to come to the door.

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    1. The sad thing is the dogs warn us of the approaching doom and all they get for their effort is a request to be quiet. Just doesn’t seem right. Thanks, Dan.

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      1. Maddie gives this comment two paws up (on the windowsill).

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      2. Hahaha. Yay, Maddie.

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  4. I hadn’t thought of them of being watch dogs, good one, John!
    My caption, “HEY, who invited Fatso here for a sleepover?!”

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    1. I like that one, GP. 😁

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      1. Your kindness to my feeble attempts is appreciated, John.

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  5. ‘Harold and Blanch’ – sounds like a movie title! Go for it, John. ♥

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    1. 😁 Thanks, Billy Ray

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  6. When I saw the dogs, I knew it would be a good one.

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    1. Thanks, Teri. BTW I sent my stuff for Bad Moon over the weekend. If you didn’t get it, let me know. 😊

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      1. I got it – just lax on letting you know. Thanks, John!

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      2. I read your post where you said there were some who didn’t respond. Just wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost. 😁

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  7. Skinny says “Fatty if I have to stay awake all night while you sleep I am having my share of the blanket and stop snoring”.

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    1. Hahaha. Sounds very familiar. Thanks, Ally.

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  8. Peer pressure and misunderstanding can drive a lot of good stories. Great post today.

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    1. True. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. The owner might not be thrilled with Harold’s actions, but I like that he made Blanch happy. What a hero! 🙂

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    1. I know right? He’s a good dog. Thanks, Mae.

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  10. It ain’t easy being King.

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  11. Poor Harold. Blanch has him wrapped around her little finger, doesn’t she?

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    1. Yeah he’s puppy whipped.

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  12. Until I saw the paws on the greyhound (?), I thought it was a deer! Great story, John. I wonder who got these two to pose covered and comfy like this? Dallas would NEVER use a blanket … or a doggie bed. Too hot, I suppose.

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    1. Keith Channing gets these shots. Both puppies have gone over the rainbow bridge but the photo is precious.

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      1. Aw, what a shame. Looks like they had comfy lives at least, and I’m sure they were well-loved.

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      2. Knowing Keith, They did have the best lives..

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    At least Blanche was happy even if the owner wasn’t:)

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  14. ahh.. love Harold.. what a keeper.. super story John…hugs

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    1. Thank you, Sally.

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  15. Lol! The minute I saw this photo prompt, I knew we were in for a treat from you and I was not wrong! I love this! Yes, never bite the hand (or butt) that feeds you! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Jan

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  16. He’s definitely on the job. Maybe a little too much.

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    1. I think just a little.

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  17. Why didn’t Blanch go? Well, at least he did something that counts.

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    1. I think she was afraid. I know, I know not real world but it is fiction after all.

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      1. Haha, great story, John.

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  18. Harold is the best…😂😂 you better watch out (even if in your own house 😜)

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    1. Yes. How is he to know it’s you.

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      1. Mmmm bcz he is smart? 😂

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      2. I mean smarter than me

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  19. LOVED IT!! Harold and Blanche are such perfect names for the two dogs.

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    1. I think so too. Thanks, Liz.

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    1. Thank you for the reblog, Traci. For some reason I could not comment on your post. I could like but not comment.

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      1. Hmm. I haven’t heard that before. I’ll see if anyone else has any issues. You’re welcome, John!

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  20. Haha! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally. Quite a pleasant surprise this morning

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  21. Hi John. This was clever. Never under estimate a dog, lol 🙂

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    1. Good advice, Debby. 😀

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