Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (staffy) holding her toy Bear. Caption reads: "Wait! What? Bear's in charge?"

Responsible by Fantasia Dog

The human was going out.  She looked at Princess and me and said, “OK who’s the most responsible?”

I knew how to show her I was responsible.  

I might have a little habit of getting over-excited and I might jump on people or do other naughty things when I’m over-excited.  I can control my excitement when I’m holding a toy. So I went and got Bear.  I stood in front of the human, very calmly, holding bear.

The human said, “Great idea Fanta!”

She knew how good and responsible I was.

Then she said, “Bear’s in charge while I’m gone.  Bear, keep these two miscreants out of trouble.”

Wait! What was that?  Bear’s in charge.

I couldn’t believe it!

I wanted to be in charge.  I’m the one who cares who is in charge.  Princess doesn’t.  I didn’t think Bear did either.

I wanted to put Bear away in my toy box, or behind the couch or under the bed, so she couldn’t be in charge of me, but I couldn’t do that. Bear might not have liked that and she was in charge.

I asked Princess what I should do.  She said she was going to have a nap. She said it was her twenty-third nap of the day which was a really important one. 

I decided no-one gets in trouble while they’re having a nap, do they?

So I had a nap, cuddling Bear, so Bear could tell me if she thought I should be doing something else.

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s very hard trying to be a good and responsible dog.

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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