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** 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop **

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Changing gears this week, in honour of the #ReadforAnimals project.
(Details below the post.)

This is an excerpt from Chapter Five of my W.I.P., “Adventures in Dogsitting”:

Candice was a Golden Retriever with a unique look, because of her curly coat.  She also had a birthmark right in the middle of her tongue; such a cutie!

Her human mom, a busy executive, was not into grooming, so poor Candice looked quite ratty most of the time.  Didn’t bother her at all and she went merrily through life; a dog with a sweet, fun-loving personality.

Weekday walking was the main assignment and I soon learned that Candice didn’t have any leash manners.  She yanked and pulled mercilessly and despite my best training efforts, this did not improve much over time.  She also had a stubborn streak and would sit down abruptly, refusing to move.  Once, this happened  in the middle of a busy street!

Sweet Candy ©

 I had to give her a gentle shove in the hindquarters.  Thankfully, there was no traffic at that moment.  

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#ReadforAnimals is an anthology of short stories (including the one above plus two more of mine), poems and art work.  Proceeds from this book will be donated to help animals in need.  Together we can make a difference! ♥ 


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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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27 thoughts on “#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS, MAR. 16/14

    1. HI Linda; For sure, she wasn’t trained well but I loved here nonetheless. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend. 🙂

  1. A dog that’s not leash trained is quite an experience! I don’t have much dog-walking mojo myself, so whenever I’m giving some exercise and love to a dog from my local animal shelter, I choose a small one.

    I might not win, but I won’t end up on the ground, either!

    1. Hi Caitlin; Yes, small dogs are definitely easier to walk! Candice is probably the main cause for my arthritic fingers. All that yanking and pulling over the years. Oh well, I’m glad to have known her; she was a sweetie, otherwise. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

    1. HI Millie; Candice’s stubbornness could be quite challenging! LOL She was a sweetie though. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

  2. Goldens normally have wavy coats, but I guess she was extreme. I had a Sheltie with a wavy coat (they’re supposed to have a straight coat), but there are all kinds of hair preparations used (not legally) in the show ring to straighten coats.

    1. Hi Sue Ann; The Goldens I’ve known have had coats ranging from straight to slightly curly, but Candice was definitely extremely curly. In my opinion, some of the things they do at dogs shows border on dog abuse. 🙁 Love Shelties! They’re incredibly endearing. 😀 Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

    1. Hi Veronica; I’m revisiting this story because it’s part of the Anthology coming out. Candice was a real sweetheart. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and thanks for visiting.

  3. Great post, Debbie! And such a worthy cause. Goldens are such incredible dogs–all around wonderful. A goofy side note. Several people have asked us if Leo is a Golden. I guess they thought he was a miniature (which I don’t think even exists). We couldn’t figure out why people asked that. Why a Goldren Retriever? Then we really looked at him, running and playing. He has his tail–which unfortunately, most Cockers don’t. It’s this long, feathery, happy–always wagging tail, just like a Golden’s. His coloring is very similar to a Golden, reddish blonde on top, lighter on legs tail, ears. I digress.

    Good 8. Are you going back to last week’s story about the car accident?

    1. Hi Teresa; Sounds like Leo has some “Golden” traits. 🙂 Nova Scotia Duck Tollers look a bit like miniature Goldens. Yes, I’m excited about this cause and also to see my words in print for the first time. I’ll go back to The Visitation next time. Thanks for dropping by and have a good week.

  4. Candice sounds adorable and her curly hair makes me want to dive right in and hug her (which with my allergies would truly be my undoing). I so hope she got up and moved out of the street. Nice to hear of this female that obviously stood her own ground, lol.
    This is my first time on your blog, but it won’t be my last. BTW, I have 3 cats – much less allergic to them and I love all animals.

    1. Welcome to the Den, Chelle. 🙂 I like cats too, although I’ve never had one of my own. Used to make house calls for cat owners who were out of town, but now I’m strictly into the dog boarding aspect of pet sitting. Believe it or not, I’m mildly allergic to dog dander as well. Goldens are the worst for that! LOL Candice was one of my favourite clients. Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

  5. Silly dog, sitting in the middle of the street. lol. I love all the details here, Debbie. It’s easy to tell you’re a dog lover. Great 8! 🙂

    1. Candice was very stubborn that way! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt Evelyn. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

  6. Aww, wonderful excerpt! I didn’t know goldens could have curly coats, she must have been so adorable, despite the no grooming 🙂 Sitting down and not budging sounds like my bunnies. When I had four and lived elsewhere, I would take a couple of them (on harnesses and leads) to a quiet park for some outdoor time. They really liked it and often just plopped down for long minutes at a time to enjoy sniffing the air. I was in a park though, not a street 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hi Marcia; The curly coat was an aberration, but it made her so much cuter! 😀 She sure had a stubborn streak, though. LOL Love the mental image of you and your bunnies out for a stroll! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and have a good week. Come on spring!

  7. Who knows better than you about the dear pups coming and going under your care. Funny story about Candice. A boot in the butt is necessary at times for humans as well as pooches. Love from me to you, dear Debbie.

    1. Haha! So very true Charmaine. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a great week. Sorry about your cat. 🙁 I read that and got interrupted before I could comment. Always sad to lose one of our 4 legged kids.

  8. Oh yikes, I take it there was no bad outcome for Candice correct, Debbie? I’m in a REALLY “delicate” place right now with Phoenix. So, I was white-knuckling reading that. We hope all is well with you 🙂

    1. Hi Mike; I haven’t heard from Candice’s Mom in a couple of years now and Candice was getting old, but, I don’t like to dwell on it. 🙁 Read about your trauma with Phoenix and my heart goes out to you both! Believe me when I say I know how it is. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Thanks for visiting and hang in there!

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