FFftPP – The New Puppy

It seemed a good idea at the time? My kids have asked for a puppy for Christmas several years in a row. When they became old enough to take on the responsibility of a puppy, Santa Claus brought them a puppy. He quickly became a beloved family member and at first the kids were excited and took their responsibility seriously.

After several accidents, the vacuum cleaner hose being chewed up, my good house slippers being destroyed, my bright idea became a 'not quite so bright idea'.

The kids balked at having to pick up after him in the yard, forgot to feed him at night, causing his chewing to become even more out of hand, and this new puppy not being quite so cute and lovable.

Well, Charlie is my dog now. He follows me everywhere and he is learning to be behaved. Charlie and I are best buddies. The kids? It's their loss.

This is my 150 word story for the challenge, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner, hosted by Roger Shipp. Roger provides us with the first sentence of the story, a photo prompt, and approximately 200 words with which we create our stories. This challenge is open to anyone who is interested in participating. For more information, click HERE.

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64 thoughts on “FFftPP – The New Puppy

    • LOL! I figure that right after Christmas there are a lot of Christmas puppies that aren’t so cute and cuddly anymore after they learn that they are a lot of work! I think it is wonderful that you take on the responsibility of puppies that your brother brings home!

  1. Ah yes, taking care of the dog can be a challenge for kids. My oldest brother would throw up when he had to pick up after Spunky in the yard. So funny lol. Even though it is difficult sometimes to make the effort to care for dogs it’s worth it and only fair to them. Also, I’m pretty sure the dog chose you. They know who to go to, they have their favourite people πŸ™‚ You know I love this story (of course I would). Great job at writing.

    • Thanks Mandi! I agree with you. They are a lot of work but totally worth it! I sure hope you are able to get yourself a little dog. I thought of you when I wrote this story – that you would rescue a little dog from lazy kids! LOL!

      • Haha I would. I think I am breaking through my Mom though. I keep showing her pictures of little dogs. There was this little chihuahua mix and she looked at it and said well ok, we’ll see. So maybe someday this year we will have one. It’s been two years. I figured it would take a bit.

  2. Dogs make very wonderful friends. This sounds like the story of me and my children. They’ve been asking for a dog and I keep saying when you are old enough. The last dog we had, Sheila unfortunately passed from cancer but I don’t forget that the entire responsibility of taking care of her fell on me, with all that I had on my plate. I have been deferring that decision for now.

  3. Dogs are my favorite pet, we can learn so much from them. Like how they are always happy, excited to see you even if you just left the room for a minute, they are filled with playfulness, loyalty and all they want to do is please you! How can you beat that? So “you” are the lucky one that Charlie is your dog now, it is a major loss for the kids!! What you wrote is very typical too…does Charlie skateboard? πŸ˜‰ Loved this story, can you tell? xo

    • I’m glad you liked the story! Charlie is turning out to be a very good dog and very loyal. It is the kids loss! LOL! It is sad how many kids get puppies for Christmas who end up in shelters after Christmas when they find out out much trouble they are.

      • You really need to be informed about what it takes to care for a dog…they are the best but you must be ready to devote time, training and lots of love!!! I can’t wait to get another once I retire!!! xo

  4. A wonderful story, Joy! This happens quite frequently I would imagine. The kids always are excited for a puppy not realizing all the responsibility that goes with it, but once they find out, the excitement of having a dog dwindles away! She ends up taking most of the responsibility and the dog gravitates to her and they form a bond….which is a beautiful thing to have. πŸ™‚

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