Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy), looking despondent. Caption reads: "It's too hot!"

Hot by Fantasia Dog

It’s too hot.

It’s too hot to go for walks. It’s so hot I don’t even want to go.

It’s so hot the air conditioner can’t cool the house down.

It’s so hot I don’t want to sleep on the bed snuggled with the human.  I lie on the floor and spread out as much as I possibly can.

It’s so hot Princess gave up on her cat zoomies after two seconds, meowed until the human said she couldn’t fix it, and then went for a nap.

It’s so hot the human brought her desk into the lounge room and put it under the air conditioner, then had a nap instead of writing.

It’s so hot the human ate ice cream for lunch, but she wouldn’t share it with us animals.

It’s so hot all any of us want to do is sleep and try to get cool. 

I’m not writing any more. It’s too hot.

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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