Thursday, March 15, 2012

Flash Fiction #14



Bud and I were at the Willow Drive address.  “Sheeet,” he said.  “Look at all this crap!” 

“The bank said get it done today. Quit your bitchin and start loadin,” I told him.

Bud kicked a pile of tires but began heaving busted toys and bags of trash into the truck. 

“Stupid, lazy sons a bitches. Three washers? Who has three washers, Jim?!  I can’t believe they moved and left all their junk!  Nothing but junk,” he griped.

I sighed.  Bud complained a lot, but he was a good worker. 

“Jim,” I heard his voice soften. “Better come see this...”

We have an 11 year-old black lab we rescued this summer.  Her family owned her since she was a pup and decided they wanted to travel and “didn’t have time for a dog anymore” or so it said on her paperwork.  An inside dog, she’d been left out in the backyard for weeks before they finally took her to the pound (better than just letting her loose, I guess).  Her situation broke our hearts, so we recycled her.  Here’s my Mindy with her rescue brother PeeWee:


One man’s trash is another man’s best friend… 

See http://madisonwoods.wordpress.com/ for the weekly photo prompt.  Read what the #FridayFictioneers have to offer on her blog and on Twitter! 

39 comments:

  1. I have no affection for animals until recently. This cat insists on sleeping right in my face. Its very endearing.

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    1. Cats have this thing about doing whatever they want...whenever they want...wherever they want.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      ~Susan

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  2. That was lovely Susan; it's terrible the way man sometimes treats his best friend. A nice flash.

    We foster rescue dogs for a local animal shelter and it's tragic to see dogs that have lived happily with a family for years who suddenly become 'disposable'.

    Thanks for the read.

    http://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/straight-talking-friday-fictioneers-16-march-2012/

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    1. I volunteered at the Humane Society when I was in high school, and my older daughter does now. It opened my eyes to some of the worst yet some of the best in people (like you...foster dog mom!) Thank you for reading and enjoying.

      ~Susan

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  3. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for writing a story about the callous way many people view dogs. As your story suggests, they see them as little more than trash. My wife an I are extreme animal lovers. I wrote a blog recently on how we ended up living with 26 cats. Your story could have been pulled from our life. Also enjoyed seeing and reading about your dogs. Wish I'd have thought of this angle!
    Here's mine: http://bridgesareforburning.wordpress.com/

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    1. It's funny...when we found PeeWee, he was one of the first dogs we looked for but knew he was meant for us. When we decided to get a second dog, we looked for almost a year, but the second we saw her...

      I'm glad you enjoyed my piece. When I saw the dog's face, I noticed a sense of longing/waiting and rolled with it.

      ~Susan

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  4. A great story Susan.
    I loved the way the dialogue flowed only to be interrupted by the finding of the dog.

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    1. Thank you...I hoped the picture told "the rest of the story" for me. It makes little sense and leaves the reader wondering without it. Thank you for reading and commenting!

      ~Susan

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  5. BEAUTIFUL! Great story from the prompt. I love the "true" angle, also. Lovely dogs--you've a big heart.

    mine: www.vlgregory-circa1800.vpweb.com/blog.html

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I love my two pound puppies - even when they annoy me!

      I'm off to read yours.

      ~Susan

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  6. This is pretty much how I got Alarm Clock Cat...but three washers weren't involved. The speaking voice for Bud was consistent throughout and distinct from the other man. Excellent job.

    My link is here:http://quillshiv.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/dichromatic/

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    1. Thank you for saying so. I tried to write in two different voices. I "saw" each in my head as they spoke and hoped anyone who read it would too. I'm glad it worked.

      ~Susan

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  7. Aww, it's so sad how people treat our four legged friends. Good for you.

    Here's mine: http://teschoenborn.com/2012/03/15/friday-fictioneers-2/

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    1. It is...I tell my girls to only date those who are kind to "old people, babies, and animals..."

      Thank you for your comment!

      ~Susan

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  8. Good story and an accurate portrayal of how some view our animal friends as expendable. Nicely done! And, cuddos to you for giving a faithful friend a forever home!

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    1. Yeah...the family left the dog behind with all their other trash. Sounds like "Bud" doesn't think like that, though. (We love that we were in a position to give our old dog a home!)

      ~Susan

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  9. Good story, Susan. We live on a dirt road in the country that often becomes a dumping ground for unwanted pets. This story hits close to home.

    here's mine http://russellgayer.blogspot.com/

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    1. Russell,

      We've only lived here a year but have found 7 or 8 dogs who have wandered down our dirt road - although most ended up going back to their homes. Still...

      Thank you for reading - I'm off to read yours.

      ~Susan

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  10. A sad story but with a (hopefully) happy ending, and obviously captured the hearts of the readers, judging by the comments.
    That last line leaves it quite open to interpretation, too...


    garybaileywriting.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/fridayfictioneers-the-colour-of-death/

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    1. I think it has a happy ending. I'm fairly certain that Bud is now the proud owner of a dog...

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

      ~Susan

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  11. Awww. Loved how the voice softened when the dog was spotted. Very nice. And happy you rescued a dog in real life!

    Mine is here: http://www.banterwithbeth.blogspot.com

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    1. I think Bud is all bark and not bite...

      Thank you for reading...I'm off to check out yours!

      ~Susan

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  12. Great story--and with a great message.

    I lived on a farm about 60 miles from Washington, DC and northern Virginia. People would drive just that far and abandon their dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs packed up and went feral. When they started killing cattle, well, you can guess. I hope there's a special place in Hell for people who abandon perfectly good animals.

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    1. They give us so much and expect so little. I'm sure all dogs go to heaven and those who abuse or neglect them don't.

      Thank you for reading...

      ~Susan

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  13. A sad situation which breaks my heart. You wonder how people can be so cruel. Glad they were there in time to save the toss-a-way animal. Here's mine:
    www.triplemoonstar.blogspot.com

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  14. There was a error message when I posted my comment. Will try again. Thank you for sharing this heartbreaking story and bringing the plight of toss-a-animals to light. At least your story has a happy ending. So many don't. Here's mine:
    www.triplemoonstar.blogspot.com

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    1. They both showed up! Thank you for persisting. And...thank you for understanding the happy ending. I'm off to read yours.

      ~Susan

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  15. J cracked up at the "sheeeet" comment. Lol. I really liked this. Definitely made me smile. And hay for recycled pets. They are good ones. :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought Bud needed to cuss - but just a little. Thank you for reading.

      ~Susan

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  16. It's sad how many people will get a pet on a whim, then actually abandon them when they become too inconvenient. Well done, I liked the voices of the characters.

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    1. It is...we made the mistake of getting a dog when we were both active duty and had to give him away when we were transferred overseas. BUT...we found a good home for him (my mother-in-law) and he lived to the ripe old age of 15. Thank you for letting me know the voices worked well. I tried!

      ~Susan

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  17. This is a great story, unfortunately, like in your situation, it is not entirely fiction. It is terrible when people leave pets behind. Very moving, great piece.

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    1. I belong to a couple rescue networks and hear, all too often, about people moving and leaving the pets behind. It ended up finding its way into my story this week. I'm glad to have shared an important message. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      ~Susan

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  18. What a neat story, sad, but with a happy ending. She looks pretty happy now! We have a black lab, too. His name is Bear, and I just love him!

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    1. She is a very happy girl. Settled in easily. At first she wouldn't look us in the eyes, but now she does. We've only had her since August but she is one of the family. Thank you for reading...

      ~Susan

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  19. Boy, this photo really pulled on a lot of heart strings! sorry it took me so long to arrive here. I enjoyed your story, but I enjoyed seeing the photo of your dogs, also. Mindy looks satisfied and happy and Pee wee looks like a part Pit Bull - my favourite of breeds!
    If you get a chance, my story is a continuation of my last weeks Limeskin story:
    http://fictionvictimtoo.blogspot.com

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    1. It's never too late! I'm glad you stopped by. We know PeeWee is half basenji and have hypothesized that his other parent was a pit. He certainly has the teeth for it. I'll be glad to check out your story - I thought I got to them all but, with the number we have now, I might have missed a couple!

      ~Susan

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  20. Oh I sure hope what he found was salvageable. Very touching story, well played. Thanks for sharing your pups too!

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    1. I'm certain he was. I'm glad you liked it too...aa well as the picture of my dogs. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      ~Susan

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