Hello!

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie) with her face very close to the camera. Caption reads: "Hello!"

Hello!

By Fantasia Dog

I love to greet people who come to our house. I just always want to be the first to say, “Hello!” to anyone who visits. I want to say, “Welcome home!” to my human and the upstairs human.

I have a slight problem, though. I am a bit jumpy. I don’t mean “jumpy” as in frightened or anxious. I mean “jumpy” as in I get really excited and jump on people when I greet them.

My human has a solution. She knows I calm down when I get one of my crocodiles. I don’t know why. I just never jump on people when I have a toy crocodile in my mouth.

Today, both my human and the upstairs human went out for a while. When they came home I greeted them, but I had already got a crocodile when I heard the car. I went to the door to say, “Hello,” but I was carrying my crocodile and didn’t get over excited. I behaved like a polite little lady dog. I didn’t jump on either of them.

My human said she was so proud of me. She called me a very good dog. Then she noticed she’d left the bedroom door open, and I hadn’t emptied the bin in her room. She patted me and told me what a good dog I am.

My human is very proud of me, but I am very proud of myself as well. I was such a good dog.

Then Princess came and rubbed against me and meowed at me, and I snapped at her. I was a very, very good dog all day, but being a good dog is hard work, and little catty sisters can be very annoying.

I’ll be a good dog again tomorrow. Maybe.

Fantasia Dog

Fanta is a graduate of the Animal Welfare League Qld shelter, where she was known as Fantasia. On arrival at her forever home, her full name was declared too pretentious, and she became known as Fanta. Occasionally, when she emits noxious gases, she is known as Fartica or Fartica the Hellhound. She likes walks, playing, eating, more eating, and cats when they don’t bite her ears. She dislikes baths, cats when they do bite her ears, and dogs who bark at her when she’s out walking. Although she owns approximately a zillion toys, she only likes to play with Bear, Crocodile and Elephant.

By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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