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“She looks awfully serious. A brooder.” The new owners commented as they stared at the puppy. Ensconced in a mesh carrier bag, the puppy had small upright ears, tawny trimmed fur and a small snout with a patch of white, as though she’d smeared flour over her face.

The puppy’s ears pricked at the owners statement. Being petted and fawned over by the family was a new experience for her. She wondered why, out of her energetic siblings, she’d been chosen by this family.

She regarded them calmly, in an almost analytical way.

The kid was practically wheedling to his father to let him snuggle her just this once
The mother would not stop petting her head, keeping on a nonstop chatter about the velvety texture of her fur.

The puppy let out a short yawn. Instantly, the family grew enthused as though it was the most adorable thing ever. Confusion swirled in her sparkling jet eyes.

“Oh she yawned, how sweet.”

The puppy’s ears wiggled. Were they really that impressed by her tiny yawn? It was befuddling. Testing the waters, she stretched and rolled over in the carrier, let out a soft yip then rested her snout between her paws pretending to sleep. The reaction from her owners was resounding. They cooed and clapped, the kid began to jump.

Someone scratched her head and called her many pet names.

How easy. How very laughable.
She snorted.

If it was going to be this easy to make a bunch of humans dance around her…
Then she didn’t mind feinging ebullience.

After all, being raised by a bunch of felines in the shelter had to rub off…in some way.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See #176 .
A short piece regarding the puppy in the picture.
Thanks for reading 💕


Published by Aboli Mane

Poet. Writer. Blogger. I post short reads, and poetry on A Writer In The Room. I published my debut poetry book "An Aster's Solitude" in 2019. Currently: Writing my first novel, an animal fantasy in a fictional world. Follow me to keep yourself updated.

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