Thursday, 2 April 2015

Black Dog #AtoZchallenge















I have a black dog.
He wakes me far too early, demanding sustenance, demanding attention, and won’t let me sleep at night. He whines, howls, barks at me; a constant noise in my head.
It’s just me and him, locked up together as I try to dress, or take out the rubbish, or put laundry into the washing machine. Me and him, whenever I go, always.
My black dog likes to steal my underwear and hide it behind the settee. He likes to push his wet nose into my dinner, and bury my mobile in the garden. I watch him helplessly.
We walk for hours, crossing busy roads and side streets, heading for the park and the woods beyond it.
I try to tire him out; but no matter how long we walk, once we get home he bounces off the walls, needing to be noticed, wanting to play. I just want him to leave me alone. I throw his ball, but he retrieves it and waits for me to throw it again. He wags his tail, always.
Nothing wears him out; awake all day, barking all night. I’ve started walking further and further with him. One day, I’ll just keep going.

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32 comments:

  1. I used to own a cocker spaniel, so I empathise with this character!

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  2. Hi Annalisa - they are delightful creatures though ... but not the darker sort - it can be a real challenge - cheers Hilary

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  3. I once had a black dog too. She was named Onyx, and nowhere as annoying and in-your-face as the dog described in this story. Although there was this one time that she pulled my school uniform off the clothesline so she could lay in it. And this other time that she knocked me off my bike while we were racing one another. And this other time when... Oh, wait, I take back what I said before. :D

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  4. Sounds like she or he likes a lot of attention.

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  5. That sounds exhausting! That's when I'd get a cat. Heh.

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  6. My brown labrador was just like that!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  7. That is an exhausting dog, but the person in the story sounds tired in the soul rather than just from lack of sleep.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  8. Love your writing, Annalisa. It flows deceptively easily into enigmatic short life stories. Compulsive reading.

    http://www.authorsupport.net

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  9. My own black dog is snoring next to me as I read this. There's never a problem with tiring him out, he is the laziest dog on earth and acts as if I'm killing him when I want to go for a walk.

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  10. I had a black and white dog, I called him Blackie and loved him so much as a ten year old. I have never had another dog since he got hit and gradually went blind. Your pup keeps you alive and active, a good thing. Loved your writing on this piece. . .

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  11. He needs a really active family full of kids to wear him out.

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  12. Another dog might be a solution. We have a white dog who can drive me nuts with her energy. Great short and I loved the ending!

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  13. and he'll keep following or lead the way for more adventure. Nice tale

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  14. I don't have a dog, but I have cats who like to wake me up at all hours of the night and day.

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  15. I couldn't live with a dog like that! My little one has conformed (for the most part!) to our lifestyle and only enhances it. I must have my sleep!

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  16. Interesting. I wonder what the end entails.

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  17. Luckily I have three lazy dogs. =D

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  18. I really enjoyed this, especially the ending. It made me miss having a dog.

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  19. That was really fun to read, Annalisa, (only I kept putting "kid" in place of black dog.. and would wonder how long before Child Services caught up to me !!)

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  20. My daughter plans to get two dogs when she moves to Ireland. Shd is moody enough as it is! On the other hand perhaps walking the brutes will clear her mind?

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  21. This dog has more energy than the energizer bunny.

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  22. My cat would never steal my underwear.

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  23. I have a white dog with unlimited energy. To tire her (it's a girl) out I'm taking her to the beach or on the hiking trail and let her loose. Then she runs and runs and gets tired.
    Evalina, This and that...

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  24. I'm feeling a bit black dogged. My dog decided 3:00 am yard breaks were the new thing. Ugh. I started crating him at night until he broke the habit. Glad he's not in my head!

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  25. Thanks for all your comments on this story - I was going to answer individually, but you've all said roughly the same thing. It's interesting you though the story was about a dog... that's actually not what I had in mind when I wrote it... Although, I'm not going to tell you what I think the story is about, because that's what I love about writing - people take what they need from it.

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  26. Hmmm...this quite unsettled me, especially when I got to the last line. Was unease one of the emotions you sought to evoke when you wrote it? Cos if you did, then the vignette worked for me

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    1. Yes, there's definitely a much darker side to this story - I'm happy you were uneasy... if you know what I mean :-)

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  27. This made me think about depression and the struggles people with mental health issues face every day. On the one hand, your mind is tired and begging for sleep, but that 'black dog' just won't let you rest - this story resonates with me on so many levels. Once again, you've really made me stop and think about what you've written - you're such an amazing writer!

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    1. That's exactly what I was going for, albeit in a very subtle way ;-)

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  28. The last line is my favourtie, it really symbolises how you feel and the seeming futility of the situation.

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