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Sunshine by Fantasia Dog

When I go outside, I give a bark at the back door to tell my human I’m ready to come back inside. You need to know this for later in the story.

We’ve had so much rain lately, it’s been terrible. The small human visited for a day and we ran around outside in the yard and had a great time. Then she came back and stayed for days and days and we couldn’t go out in the yard because it was just raining and raining and the yard was all muddy and yucky.

It hasn’t just been wet, it’s been cold. When the human took me out one night so I could have my pre-bed wee, we could see our breath in the air. Princess and I have both been having lots of extra cuddles with the human to keep warm.

The back yard has not been as great as it’s supposed to be.

When I went out in the yard the other day, I gave my usual “I want to come in” bark, but I didn’t want to come in.

My human came out and I got to show her: my patch of sunlight! I have a favourite patch of sunlight and it’s been gone for so long. It’s back now. The human congratulated me on finding sunlight and went inside.

A bit later, I gave my “I want to come in” bark, and the human opened the door again. I didn’t want to come in. I just wanted the human to see my sunlight was still here.

She said, “That’s great, Fanta, enjoy your sunshine.”

I did. I did enjoy my sunshine for a very long time, before I gave my bark again. I did want to go in then. I wanted to cuddle with the human and have a nap.

It was such a great day.

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie) on a red couch "smiling" at the camera.

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.

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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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