Photo: Fanta lying on a red couch, wrapped in a white blanket. Caption reads: “It’s cold!”

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Cold by Fantasia Dog

A couple of weeks ago, the weather was so hot, the human said it didn’t look like autumn was ever going to get here.  She said what we needed was an Antarctic blast.

Well, she’s sorry she said that now.  

We got an Antarctic blast.  It’s cold now.  We had the coldest May Day on record.

It warms up a little around the middle of the day, but otherwise it’s cold.  

Now the human and I have started arguing about blankets.  She keeps an extra, smaller, blanket at the end of the bed in case I steal all of the big blanket.  

So I have stolen the main blanket, because, as I said, nights are cold.

The other night, the human was wrapped up in the spare blanket, because I’d got the main blanket tangled all around me.

I decided I wasn’t warm enough, and I tried to get in under the spare blanket.

The human said, that I already had the big blanket.  But I insisted. I needed to be snuggled against her as well as under both the blankets.

I wouldn’t let her straighten out the big blanket so it could cover both of us.  I was lying on half of it, with the other half over me, but I was still able to get under the little blanket too, and lean right against the human.

When I woke up in the morning, I had both blankets and most of the bed.  The human was on the edge of the bed, wrapped up in her dressing gown, with Princess tucked in tight beside her.

The human and Princess were complaining about being cold, but I was actually quite warm then. The human was also complaining about me being too heavy for her to move.

She said she either had too little bed and too little blanket, or she had far too much dog. I really didn’t understand what she was talking about.

Winter starts next month.  I wonder how cold it’s going to get. I wonder if the human’s going to complain all winter.

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.


  1. Fanta, Tank has taught me that if you share your blanket and snuggle close to your human, her body heat will keep you even warmer! Maybe you can teach your human that lesson too? It will make winter much more pleasant for both of you 💞

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