Sneaky Dog

Photo of Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) sitting on a red chair. Caption reads: "I can be sneaky too."

Sneaky Dog by Fantasia Dog

My catty sister Princess is famous for being a sneakypaws, but I can be sneaky too.

I played the absolute best trick on the human the other day.

The human has a favourite chair. Some friends of ours got it for her. It has buttons to push to lean it back or to put up the footrest, or to warm it up and have a massage, or to sit it back up and put away the footrest. It even lifts up to help her stand up when her arthritis is being bad. It’s a great chair, well the human certainly thinks so.

Now this is the trick. The human was sitting in her favourite chair. Her back and her bad hip had been bothering her, so she had it heating and massaging.

I put my paws up on her leg, looked her in the eye and licked my mouth, trying my best to look like a hungry, neglected, dog.

“Oh,” she said, “Did I forget your breakfast?”

She put down the footrest, got up, went to the kitchen, and put dog food in my bowl. While she was doing that, I jumped up in her chair. It was snuggly warm and I got the last bit of the massage.

The human was surprised I didn’t go to get my breakfast, but then she came back to the lounge room and discovered she’d been tricked.

At first, I looked the other way and pretended I couldn’t see her there, but when she got out the camera to take a picture of me being tricky, I looked at her. I can’t have a bad photo.

So that was my sneaky tricky trick. Princess might be a sneakypaws, but so am I.

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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