The following short story was written for a contest hosted by the American Kennel Club. When I wrote it, I had my friend, Diana, in mind. Diana is a member of the writers’ group I attend at the North Branch of the Stark County District Library. She is a dog lover and owns an Italian Spinone. Her beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Targa, recently passed away.
Targa was an amazing dog who pulled a little cart. She was the subject of several children’s stories Diana wrote. Together they attended classes to certify Targa as a therapy dog. Even though she didn’t pass, Diana’s love for Targa was evident whenever she talked about her. My goal was to capture that love and channel it into a story about a dog owner and her pet.
I decided upon a hound for my story because of another friend’s fondness for them. Hounds can be strong-willed beasts who will own you if you don’t lovingly, patiently train them. Even then, you may find yourself bested from time to time.
You’ll want to make a cup of cocoa for this cold weather story. Lucky for you, there just happens to be a recipe for cocoa on my blog under Edible Fiction. It’s the perfect beverage for the tale that follows. So, grab some cocoa, curl up under your favorite throw, make sure your four-footed friends are gathered around you, sit back, read and relax!