A Doggie Story

Rory & Lily dogs

Life had always been an adventure for Jules, but for the first time, she announced that she had no further trips planned.

I feared the worst, that she had met another man during her travels and was about to leave me for him. “Nothing planned?” I tried to keep the tremor out of my voice and act happy for whatever came next. “That’s a bit unusual for you.”

She grinned. “I know! But look in the backyard.”

As I gazed outside, I saw two adorable puppies chasing each other through the grass. “You’re babysitting some pups. That’s great!”

Jules shook her head. She was quite serious when she looked me straight in the eye and said… “Not babysitting. I’ve adopted these cute doggos. I’m going to be a stay-at-home dog mommy now. Of course I’ll keep writing my travel books. I have lots more to say and luckily people are still interested in buying them.”

“That’s amazing.” I took a deep breath and decided to chance a risky topic. “Does that mean you might eventually reconsider marriage and a family of your own. I know we haven’t discussed that for a while, but…”

She kissed me and said maybe. I really thought this was it, that my loving persistence had paid off, and all these years of uncertainty had come to an end.

But after a couple months, Jules became overcome with wanderlust again and booked a trip to Belize. “You don’t mind taking care of the pups, do you, honey? I need to get away for a bit.”

It’s been three years since she’s been gone and I must say the dogs are very good company. Not only are they obedient and loyal, but they never have an urge to run off and leave me.

©️2022 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter and E.M.’s Weekly Prompt.

20 responses to “A Doggie Story

  1. Ha! Good twist Paula. Loved this story.

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  2. I would love to leave everything behind and book a trip to Belize.

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  3. Awwww what an endearing story.

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  4. Dogs are far more loyal than people.

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  5. Dogs are indeed very good company. I usually prefer them to people.

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  6. aww! Dogs are wonderful! ❤

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  7. Once a wanderer, always a wanderer.

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  8. The dogs probably ended up keeping her sane 🙂 Great story, Paula! Some folks find it hard to sit still for too long.

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