Tuesday – A Little Personal – Kreative Kue #331 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

The Watch by John W. Howell © 2021

“How do you know?”

“I’m telling you I smelled the shampoo.”

“How can you smell shampoo when it’s not been used?”

“Come on. You know as well as I do that stuff can leave an olfactory trace that can be picked up for miles.”

“Yes, but mom isn’t even home.”

“Which makes our situation all the more precarious.”

“So you think this back-to-back watch scenario is going to help?”

“Look. If we spot the old man coming out of the kitchen door with some sad excuse of a treat, you know he’s got a bath on the brain. I just think early warned is early armed.”

“So, what are we going to do?”

“When we spot him, we run like hell.”

“That’s not very dignified.”

“Who cares? It keeps the suds out of our eyes.”

“Look, here he comes.”

“Treat?”

“Yup. A piece of turkey.”

“Turkey, you sure. Let me look. Damn, you are right. It’s turkey.”

“What does it mean.”

“Worse than I thought.”

“Tell me.”

“A trip to the vet. Let’s take off.”

“Maybe it’s not.”

“Don’t be a fool. If he was holding that pathetic bacon treat bag, it’s a bath. Turkey is a full-on vet trip.”

“Where should we go?”

“I saw something on the path. It’s drawing flies, so a good place to roll. He won’t come near us then.”

“But that will beg a bath.”

“Which would you rather have? Vet or bath.”

“Let’s go.”

 

72 comments

  1. That’s a tough choice. Soap in the eyes and lose all that nice smell or a thermometer up the bum, injections – and maybe come back deficient a few more in the dental division.

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    1. Yes the dental detail takes it’s toll. Thanks, Keith.

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      1. I think those of us who have older dogs have been through it all too often.

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      2. I’m beginning to wonder about poor Lucy. She loses a few with each visit.

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      3. I know what you mean. Trevor is down to canines and molars and Eos is headed the same way.

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  2. Decisions, decisions. Hope they don’t get both.

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    1. That woud be an injustice for sure. 😁

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  3. LOL! The lesser of two evils.
    It always amazes me the scenarios you come up with from these photo prompts, John. Another great story!

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    1. Thak you, Mae. You sure know how to make my day. 😁

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  4. Just run! Great job, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😁

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  5. Clever pups. They know the bribes. I find their choice funny… my son would have said “pathetic turkey” and salivated over the bacon. Then again, he’d agree that a shower is preferable to a trip to the doctor.

    Funny stuff, John.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. I can’t imagine a dog liking those phony bacon thingys. Real turkey? Now there’s a treat,

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      1. Well, you’ve got me there. Facon is far different from bacon.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    All your years of raising/caring for/enjoying pups have paid off with this post, John. 😂 Loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  7. Good one, John. They do know what’s coming don the pike. Still, you’d think they stay for turkey.

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    1. I guess it is an approach/avoidence situation.

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  8. Cracks me up. Sounds like they have it all figured out.

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    1. Looks that way. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. You can’t fool them, none! Love this!

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    1. Thank you, Dale.

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  10. This is just hilarious!! I’d share it with my dog, but he never learned to read. 😀 :D:D

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Liz

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  11. You’re really good at channeling your inner canine, John, lol. This is perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Teri. 😁

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  12. I like dogs, but they sometimes have some disturbing behaviors. They probably do think the same of we humans. 🙂

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    1. I’m sure they do. Thanks, Tim

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  13. That’s being dogmatic 😂🤣😂

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    1. 🤣 Thanks, Chris.

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  14. Ha ha ha! I can see the minds working!

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    1. Grinding away. Thanks, Pamela. 😊

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  15. Are we coming or going, dude?

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    1. Hahaha. Good one, Norman. 😁

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  16. Poor pups, having to make a decision like that! You’ve captured their thoughts well, John. Let’s hope the “smelly thing on the sidewalk” isn’t something that’ll land them in the bath AND the vet’s office!

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    1. True enough, Debbie. A bath is one thing but a trip to the big V is quite another.

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  17. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I owned a dog who never fell for the bath treat. Tango loved to eat, but he was an intelligent dog, and his dislike of baths trumped his food desire. Great job on this prompt, John!

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    They definitely can smell shampoo meant for them and the vet…they sure know!

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  19. Animals can be phiosophers too. 😉 Nice written, John! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  20. John, you’re too much!! 🤣
    Mine landed on, “Fido, I’m telling we turn right to go home.”

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    1. Yes. Good use of the photo. Thanks, GP.

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  21. These two know their business. Vet is always worst case scenario.

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    1. Yes indeed. 😁

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    1. Thank you, Becky. 😊

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      1. You’re very welcome, John!

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  22. Oh my! This is nothing short of brilliant, John! You certainly know how dogs think. 🙂

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  23. How very true. That vet terror is to be avoided at all costs

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  24. Love this, John, and what a choice to make. Copper doesn’t like either one. 🙂

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    1. I don’t blame Copper at all.

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  25. Why do we always underestimate them. They run rings round us.
    Hugs

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    1. So true, David. Hugs

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  26. Haha! Fun take on the prompt, John. Big hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan

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  27. Hahaha! Only a dog lover truly understands.

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  28. LOL! Those are smart dogs!

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    1. They are. Thanks, Deborah

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  29. Yes, those critters have a sixth sense when it comes to a bath or the vet.

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    1. They do for sure. Thanks, Mark.

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