A Question Of Communication

This is a fictional short story, in 170 words.

Something’s not right.

It feels different, wrong.

How do I tell them though?

Maybe if I eat a lot more, they will notice?

That didn’t work, so I will try drinking too much instead.

No good, they just gave me more to drink.

I know what to do. I will walk around in front of them, try to get more attention.

Didn’t help, they just gave me a toy.

Tomorrow, I am going to go home early. Just walk off in the direction of the house.

That seemed to work. Caused a bit of a fuss. Got more cuddles.

It’s still not right though, and I wish I knew what it was.

Panting hard got me noticed. That woke them up.

But not enough to do something about it.

Perhaps if I breathe really, really fast, they will do something.

Finally! And now I am in the car.

I can only hope they are taking me to get help.

Dedicated to Ollie, who cannot tell us when he feels ill.

40 thoughts on “A Question Of Communication

    1. I try to do that sometimes, Maggie, but I don’t like to presume too many human characteristics. I always remember he is a dog, no matter how much we make him part of the family.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Due to their instincts, Dogs will do everything they can to hide their injuries or illness. In their distant past it was a death sentence to appear weak or injured, so they hide it from us as well.

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