Blogshorts, Day 2: Dog Days of Summers

Today is Day #2 of of Blogdramedy’s Summer Writing Challenge: Blogshorts. The theme this year is the Dog Days of Summer. 10 days, 10 dogs (nine of which were famous dog-characters chosen by Blogdramedy as inspiration), each story 110 words.

Today’s dog is Toto.

Dog Days of Summers


The front yard grass was damp next to her plastic pool, the one with the turtle on it.

Momma sat in the chair, holding one of her books with the teeny print. The man from the radio sang “Surf City” and Toto sniffed the flowerbeds.

dscf3973Toto barked and bounded past her in pursuit of some small animal. The dog had knocked her over but a loud screech truncated her imminent wail. There was just a wet, squelching thud.

Momma ran towards the street. Carolyn tottered upright, but Momma pointed her finger and shouted, “No, baby! Don’t! Stay there!”

She hated when Momma yelled at her. Carolyn sat down and wailed.


22 thoughts on “Blogshorts, Day 2: Dog Days of Summers

    • Um… well… you see….sometimes things happen, but don’t worry, LD, I’m pretty sure Toto’s just sleeping.

      (that’s what my dad told me when I was a kid and saw an animal in the road…)

  1. After reading the first story I was under the illusion that it is going to be mostly happy and the sad stories will take a while to come along. Well, you surprised us in the second story itself, Steve. Looking forward to reading the third story in the series.

    • Hah — sorry for the curveball so soon, Vishy. I think most of them will edge towards happier.

      Unless of course, I just threw you a curveball with this comment. :)

  2. I don’t know too many people who haven’t lost a dog that way. The scary part for me was leaving the kid next to the pool untended. Lucky for us, you only had 110 words to work with, or this could’ve gone from tragic to catastrophic.

    • 1-pt-P — I really worry sometimes that Penny’s gonna chase a bunny at *just* the wrong moment. I guess that’s where this story came from.

      And I DID almost think about the pool and the girl, but fortunately for all of us, misunderstanding her mom’s distress was really the worst that she got.

      Well, that and losing her dog.

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