Photo: Fanta, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (stuffy) standing on grass, looking thoughtful. Caption reads: “If I met you on my walk, you’d pat me, wouldn’t you?”

Walk by Fantasia Dog

The human spent a month complaining that autumn seemed to have forgotten to come here, but at last the days are getting cooler.  That means I can go for a walk earlier in the afternoon.  

Right now, it’s school holidays as well.  You know what that means?  It means sometimes on my walk, we will see a child who will ask my human: “May I pat your dog?” Then I get pats.

I like making new friends on my walk.

The other day the human and I had just started out on my walk, when we heard one of those scooters behind us.  A voice behind us said, “Does the dog bite?”

Bite? I’ve never bitten anyone.

My human said, “No she doesn’t bit, she just tries to con people into patting her.”

The voice said, “I’ll pat her.”

We heard the scooter drop on the ground and a small human ran up and patted me and gave me big hugs and asked my name and told me he loves me.

Then he got on his scooter and went on ahead of us.

A bit later on our walk, we went past the bus stop, and the same small human was there, and he gave me more pats and hugs.

That was a really good walk.

I wonder who I’ll meet on my walk this afternoon.

If I met you on my walk, you would pat me, wouldn’t you?  You have to ask the human first, but she’ll say yes because she knows I love making new friends.

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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