a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: A Fetching Story

Monday, August 20, 2007

A Fetching Story

SUMMARY: Dogs who provide a return on investment.

Is one never satisfied? Remington, a brilliant trick dog, wasn’t keen on “fetch.” I loved teaching him but ached for a fetcher. Then came Jake who, in his first hour with us, found each of the hundred balls abandoned by Rem. And—for the next 10 years—he dropped them at my feet, over and over. I wished for a dog less fanatical. Now there’s Tika, who chases but doesn’t pick up. And Boost, who picks up but requires a personal invitation to bring it. Oh, for Jake again! The fetch is always greener on the other side of the grass--

Ministory written in response to a challenge to write a story in exactly 99 words.


  1. Very nice. But you could end up with a dog like mine who thinks he's a cat and stays under the bed all day (but not at night - then he's on top of THE WHOLE BED) and only comes out from under when you get home, when he arrives at the top of the stairs with that look that says, "Oh...it's just you...try to keep it down, down there, won't you?" and will, occasionally, come down if he hears something hit his food dish, but only for a minute.

    -Requisite 99 word response, in the form of a run-on sentence.

  2. I miss Nazgul for the same reason. He loved his ball.

    Fagan won't give it up (it's part of the game for me to twist it out of his mouth), and Frejya would much rather have you be on the other end of a rope (she's got to be part terrier with how she pulls and pulls and .....)