A dog’s life – Tref (Trefology)

It was in late-August,

the day my sister and I

returned home from summer camp

and our dog Pepper was not

at the door to greet us.

***

We called her name,

“Pepper!”

and we searched around the house,

but Pepper was nowhere

to be found.

***.

That evening,

our father told us

that while we were at camp,

he had sent Pepper

to live on a farm upstate.

***

He explained that the city was no

place for an old dog like Pepper.

Besides he said,

leaning in close,

this was no ordinary farm,

but a magical one,

specifically for very old dogs!

***

He left it to us to fill in the details of

what a magical farm would look like,

but, we were still sad,

… if not a little intrigued.

***

But as yet, we had no reason to doubt his words

***

And then, a few days later,

our father came home from work

with a surprise —- 

a puppy we named,

Pepper 2.

***

And time went on …

***

Then, late one night,

almost a year to the day,

we got a phone call.

I answered.

It was Pepper.

***

She barked & whimpered

into the phone.

“Pepper is that you?” I asked.

“Are you ok, gurl?”

***

Suddenly,

I heard a human voice say,

“Get that receiver away from Pepper!”

And then the line went dead.

***

It was then I knew our father had lied.

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Published by grumpygorman

I am a Social Worker by day and an artist/writer by night. I use the written word in an attempt to make sense of the secret worlds and dysfunctional dynamics that lurk beneath the facades of our daily interactions. I am not sure how my writing styles are characterized, nor am I overly concerned about it. I am immensely enthusiastic about music and often connect better with songs than I do people. I also have an intense appreciation for quality wines and whiskies, frequently consuming them in excess. I like things that smell good and struggle to manage the symptoms of a life-long relationship with depression. So, why "grumpygorman"? Spend some time here and find out...

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