Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #269 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 # 269

The Post by John W. Howell © 2020

“So, what is it?”

“Appears to be a dog.”

“Well, that’s crazy. No one sends a dog through the post.”

“It looks like that’s exactly what happened.”

“Get the poor fellow a drink. He must be thirsty.”

“Water?”

“No, you idiot. Get him a big glass of whiskey. Maybe what he doesn’t finish you can have.”

“A woman after my own heart.”

“Of course, water.”

“Yes, I’m going.”

“Oh, poor puppy. I can’t imagine who would do this to you.”

“Look on the return address.”

“Huh?”

“Here’s the water. I put it in a bowl. I said, look at the return address. That will tell us who sent this beautiful puppy.”

“Don’t start with a ‘beautiful puppy.’ This dog’s not staying.”

“Aw, look at his eyes. Look how much he appreciates the water.”

“My foot is down.”

“He seems to be a pure-bred Jack Russell too.”

“So, where did he come from?”

“Let me see. Ah, yes, here it is. The return address is—Wait a minute. This box says it was mailed from London. That would be impossible.”

“So, what does the return address say?”

“It is from the Reliable Battery Company in London.”

“Why would they mail a dog?”

“I think we have been tricked. Look here the mailing address has been ripped off. This box was placed on our porch by someone local. Someone who used a box that they received batteries in. This poor thing is unwanted.”

“I have to wonder about the length of time that it took to figure that out.”

“Okay, so I thought it came in the post. What about the dog.”

“I’ll give it some of last night’s meat. Then it has to go.”

“Where?”

“To the vet. We need to get a check-up and some real dog food.”

“Then, we are keeping him?”

“Just until the real owner shows up.”

“That could be a while.”

“I’m counting on that.”

“You are not such a tough old bird, you know.”

“Don’t tell the greengrocer. I have him fooled.”

“Your secret is safe with me.”

“Or I’ll blacken your eye.”

“That’s my girl.”

 

55 comments

  1. Brilliant, John.
    How could you not keep him? Look at those eyes.
    Two thoughts:
    1. Jerome K Jerome, in Three Men in a Boat wrote that “Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs are…”
    2. Jerome K Jerome never met Trevor!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hahahaha. Good one, Keith.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. The dog-in-the-box is your dog Trevor?

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sweet, isn’t he? That was before he became old and cranky!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Like his Papa. 😁

        Liked by 1 person

      3. You know me too well, Sir. 😷

        Liked by 1 person

      4. hahaha. 😷

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Great job, John! No doubt, you would welcome that cute little one into your home. Twiggy and Lucy would love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m sure we would love him too. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  3. A nice and happy ending.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Decided to have a happy ending sine it made me feel good too.

      Like

  4. So what that unwanted thing with batteries drinks: water or whiskey? 😛

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Confusing yes? Hahahaha. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

      1. 👍👍👍 great story! I think one day you should make flash/comic strips/stories book 📖👍👍

        Liked by 1 person

      2. That would be fun too. I do enjoy flash fiction for sure. Thank you VR. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

      3. 🕺✌️💫 yep, plus its much easier to make the book, when you have so much material to pick up

        Liked by 1 person

      4. So true. Brings to mind if I could do it without the photos since they are so expensive to publish. I’ll have to look into that.

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Mmm, yes, I don’t know about books with photos, but you have to check …

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Ahhh, sweet eyes and kindly adoptive parents, who could ask for more? Well done, John. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. There is no more than that for sure. Thank you, Gwen.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Who are these wonderful people? (I have 17 more cats to get rid of,…ooops, make that 24).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. They live in outside of London. Might be hard to find. 😁

      Like

  7. Great job, John. Of course you’d have to keep him.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes. There is no other way. Thanks, Dan

      Liked by 1 person

  8. No one could resist those eyes! Of course, he stays. And I love the twist, as always, John! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, Jan. I decided to make it a feel good twist. Thanks for the visit and comment. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Looks a little sketchy to me. Almost like he’s daring you to try taking his box away.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Being a Jack Russel he could be called a Jack in the box.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Of course they had to keep him — just look at that face!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I know right? Thanks, Debbie.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    They knew the right porch to leave him on 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. They sure did.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Aww… I’m such a pushover for fur babies and their big brown eyes. Loved your take on this prompt, John.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Soooz.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Delightful in all ways!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray

      Like

  14. You are a master of dialogue, John! And that pup is sure cute 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Marie.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Another fun, creative story! I would LOVE to see a book featuring the adventures of Lucy and Twiggy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It would be fun.

      Like

  16. How can you not keep him? A gift, left on your doorstep!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So true. 😁 Thanks, Dale

      Liked by 2 people

  17. I like the idea of the dog arriving in the mail. I’m glad he found a home.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Rob

      Liked by 1 person

  18. I’d say they just adopted a puppy. Well done, John.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yup they did. Thanks, Mark.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Definitely a keeper!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Jennie.

      Like

  20. Hahaha! Sounds like me!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It does. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Awwww … who could do such a thing? Yo quiero el perrito!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. […] The Post by John W. Howell © 2020 […]

    Like

Put your favorite fiction or non-fiction in writing. I would love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: