To Walk or Not To Walk

Photo of Fantasia Dog, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffie), sitting beside a window. Caption reads: "I'm having an argument with the human."

To Walk or Not To Walk by Fantasia Dog

I’m having an argument with the human at the moment.

She thinks we should have our walk as late in the day as possible. She says that gives the footpath time to cool down from the heat of the day, so as not to burn my delicate paws.

I do want to look after my paws. But I also want to go out for our walk earlier in the day. Specifically, I want to go out when the teenagers from the local high school are walking home.

When we go out while the high schoolers are walking home, often one of them will stop and say something like, “May I pat your dog?”

Then the human will say something like, “Yes, my dog would like that.”

You know what happens next, don’t you? I get pats! It’s great. I get extra people patting me. Who wouldn’t want that?

The human still says a cooler footpath is more important than me being an attention hog. I still say she’s wrong.

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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