Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Family Pets

Today my short story, The One O'Clock Nap is featured on Daily Cheap Reads, along with two books that sound really interesting. Every time I do one of these promotional gigs, I discover another new book to buy. LOL  Here is the link if anyone is interested in checking out the books and stories.

I haven't posted an excerpt from my humorous memoir in a while, so I thought I'd share a bit with you today. Enjoy....

Needless to say, we did not adopt one of the kittens, and for a while we thought we could survive without a pet. After a few months, however, it became clear that we were not the kind of family that could live without a four-footed friend. So I started looking for a dog, and we got Ruffy, who was part German Shepard and part wolf. He was a cute little fuzzy puppy who grew up into a good-sized dog, and he stayed outside. Except for the time something scared him and he crashed through the window on the French door leading into the house from the patio.

I was in the kitchen cleaning up from supper when I heard the commotion. Anjanette ran in and announced, “Ruffy came in?”

“Who let him in.”

“Nobody. He came through the window.”

“What window?”

“The window in the door.”

“But he’s huge and that window is small.”

By then, Ruffy had come into the kitchen and was checking under the table for scraps. I went into the living room, and sure enough, one pane of glass was broken out of the French door. Luckily, it had come out clean so there were no jagged edges that could have cut the dog, but still, I had to wonder how that great big dog fit through an opening about 8 inches by 12 inches.

Ruffy was quite fierce when storms weren’t scaring him. One time when the kids were out in the back playing and a neighbor tried to come through the gate, Ruffy sat like a growling sentinel and wouldn’t let the neighbor in. I had to tell my neighbor to always come to the front door when she wanted to visit.

When he wasn’t loose to play in the yard, Ruffy had a large pen and loved to run the perimeter while one of us squirted him with the hose. That was especially refreshing in the heat of a Texas summer, but it did have one downside. The weeds and grass grew like Jack’s beanstalk inside the pen.

Ruffy was always good for a romp or a walk, and it was undeniable that he wormed his way into all our hearts. Never was that more evident then when the kids did a survey at the dinner table and decided they all liked the dog better than me.

7 comments:

Terry Odell said...

Your short story looks interesting. My Hubster says he doesn't plan to nap, but he drops off regularly.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Mary Vaughn said...

Dogs always rank highest ;o)
Heading over to read the others.

Maryann Miller said...

LOL, Mary. I think parents start ranking when the kids are about 25.

Terry, my hubby says the same thing. "I can't nap." Then I come out of my office and find him dozing in the chair.

Helen Ginger said...

Oh, that was so funny. Love the dog. Love the story.

Carol Kilgore said...

Funny story - especially about the kids liking the dog more than you.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by, Helen and Carol. I wish I had made that up, but the kids did take that vote one day. We did a lot of goofy things when the kids were all little. I'm thinking it kept us sane, but that is always debatable.

Mike said...

Ruffy was a good dog. Still miss him,