Tuesday Reflections

Suffice it to say that I was worried about Annie’s reaction to the fireworks yesterday. Who could blame me? My poor dog reacts so scared and frightened, I am afraid she is headed for a heart attack. I had my stash of everything related to making her day easier on my kitchen counter.

I gave her the first CBD treat at 6:30 when the fireworks started. I also provided regular treats while I put on her Thunder Shirt. I started by adjusting the collar. She just gazed into my eyes and waited for another treat. I repeatedly called her by name and told her what a good girl she was.

After the first CBD treat, she was very calm. As the explosions came more frequently, I half expected her to request some munchies to deal with the noise. It seemed like smooth sailing, until they started going off much closer to my house. I reached for the prescription medication from the vet. If only I was ambidextrous, I might have been able to get her med in the place it was supposed to go. The applicator said to apply the medicine between the lip and the gums. Yeah, sure. The vet tech had told me that if Annie swallowed the medication, it would do no good. I think she swallowed most of it.

Back to the drawing board for me. I gave Annie the 2 mgs of Melatonin that was safe for her. I wanted to suppress her anxiety, so she didn’t freak out as the explosions came closer together. She did great. She wasn’t panting, searching for a hiding place, or running around. She’d look around as the noise increased but did not panic.

At midnight, it was quiet. I took off her Thunder Shirt. Ten minutes later the fireworks stated up again. Poor Annie was frightened, and her heart was racing. I quickly put back on her shirt and gave her treats. She calmed down to a degree. She became a Velcro dog. I had to pet her nonstop. She had to be laying on me as much as she could. It was after 1 am before the house was quiet again.

I learned a lot from this 4th of July. Annie was in much better shape this year than any previous years. I will do even better for Annie next year.

FOWC ambidextrous  blame

Daily Word Prompt suffice

The Daily Spur suppress  draft related

Rag Tag  eyes   sail


Sarah Goes Job Hunting

Image of attractive hostess smiling in restaurant

Sarah, the young hostess, wasn’t faring well at fairing down the possibilities of a new job. Her dream of being a hostess in a fancy restaurant, went up in ashes when she broke her boss’s karaoke machine and speakers. Sarah snuck back into the restaurant one last time. She approached the head waiter and asked him about getting a referral from the chief. The waiter quipped, in his nasty way, that it would be impossible for any teenager to be hired as a hostess again. He further explained that her pernicious behavior had all the wait staff snickering behind her back. She left the restaurant deciding that the head waiter was just a flabby boor, who believed only an adult could do her former job.

Sarah needed some inspiration quickly. The balance in her checkbook was less than fifty dollars. Her puppy needed his last shots, and she needed a new lens in her sunglasses. The glasses could wait. The puppy could not. Sarah asked her friends if they knew anyone who lends money to unemployed hostesses. Her prospects were somewhere between slim and none.

Sarah just might have to take that job her cousin offered. Her cousin said it was a golden opportunity to make easy money. Sarah worried about working in a fabric store though. After all, she couldn’t tell the difference between velvet and wool.

MLMM – lens, lends, fairing, faring
#MVB-PROMPT-  ashes, machine, snickering, inspiration
FOWC – referral, quip, nasty
Daily Spur- teenager, velvet
WOTD Challenge – pernicious, flabby
Daily Word Prompt – boor
#EM-RWP – balance, golden
#TTC – puppy
Rag Tag Community – wool



Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner WEEK #10

Roger Shipp is our host for the FFFTPP photo challenge. You can read about the guidelines to complete this prompt by looking here.

Photo by Tobias Reich on Unsplash

The young couple had to hastily flee their war-torn homeland. They were flabbergasted by how quickly their lives were upended. Their home was in shambles. The factory where they both worked had been destroyed when the enemies launched their missiles toward their small town.  There was no reason to stay where they were. Now that they were expecting a baby, they would do whatever possible to find safety.

A dear friend offered a potential way to escape before the borders were closed. She made a recommendation that they take her pedigree dogs to another country posing as the owners of the Best of Breed, Kennel Club World Champion.  They felt like the cover story was lame but had few other choices. They took very few necessities with them. Their bag held an eclectic assortment of items. They had a small bit of food for themselves and the dog, grooming tools, a change of clothes, and an aerosol spray can full of bear repellant. It could be used as a weapon without appearing like one.

After making it past the first checkpoint, papers in hand, they felt a twinge of relief. With their foreign language dictionary, they knew enough to request the tickets they needed as they traveled. The first leg of the route was by car. Then they hopped on a train. Eventually they made it to their last boarding point. They were almost at their destination. They climbed into the trolley which would take them to the top of the mountain.  They would be able to hide for whatever time they needed. They wanted their baby to be born in freedom.

(272 words)

Rag Tag Community – war
Your Daily Word Prompt – flabbergast
The Daily Spur – factory, recommendation, dictionary
#EM-RWP – launch, aerosol
Three Things Challenge – potential, pedigree, dogs, grooming
FOWC – lame
#MVB-PROMPT- eclectic