A Dog’s Story

February 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm 36 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 27 February 2015

Dawn Q. Landau
Photo Credit: Dawn Q. Landau
Billie had decided it was time for me to die. He was mean to me. He beat me up constantly. Bruises on my body bore witness to his cruelty.

“Come, stupid dog,” Billie said as he walked into the woods with his pellet gun.

The first shot grazed my shoulder. I let out a yelp and ran away. But when he whistled me back, I returned. After all, he was my master.

He aimed once again and then stopped. Before he could pull the trigger, two men in hunting gear emerged from behind the bushes, saving me from further harm.

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  • 1. David Stewart  |  February 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Poor dog. Hopefully he got a more deserving master after that.

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm


      he should. billie didn’t deserve to have any pet at all.

  • 3. bykimberlylynne  |  February 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks! My faith in Dog has been restored. Humanity, we’ll see.

    • 4. plaridel  |  February 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm


      me, too.

  • 5. Nelle  |  February 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    So glad this had a happy ending! Nice story, plaridel.

    • 6. plaridel  |  February 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm


      i’m afraid it would only be temporary.

      • 7. Nelle  |  February 25, 2015 at 10:20 pm

        Aww no 😦

        • 8. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:47 am


          i had a pang of conscience and went back to the story and ended it with a happy note. 🙂

  • 9. aliciajamtaas  |  February 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This reminds me of a book I read. Can’t remember the title or what the story was about – I just remember one of the men killing his dog. Ouch. Well done – glad yours lived to see another day.

    • 10. plaridel  |  February 25, 2015 at 10:06 pm


      hopefully, he’d find a way to escape.

  • 11. Sandra  |  February 26, 2015 at 1:35 am

    So glad it had a happy ending – I’m almost out of kleenex. Well done.

    • 12. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:49 am


      the story was actually based on a true story. when i was a kid, i saw a neighbor beating up his dog. the dog was so faithful that it kept coming back to him for more punishment. i was too young to intervene, though.

  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  February 26, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    They need to rescue the poor dog from that rotten kid.



    • 14. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:50 am


      the dog had been saved. 🙂

  • 15. dmmacilroy  |  February 26, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I like the perspective switch, but was hoping the dog would rip out Billy’s throat…. Ah, well, It’s a dog’s life. Well told.



    • 16. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:50 am


      my sentiments exactly.

  • 17. draliman  |  February 26, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Such a faithful dog, to follow Billie even though he knew what was happening.

    • 18. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:51 am


      Such was the dog’s fate and destiny to remain faithful to his master to the end.

  • 19. Rachel Bjerke  |  February 26, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Great ending… maybe now he can be a hunting dog with good owners, he certainly sounds like a ‘good boy,’ and deserves much better than what he had.

    • 20. plaridel  |  February 26, 2015 at 9:52 am


      if ever he becomes one, he should be hunting for billie first. 🙂

  • 21. FabricatingFiction  |  February 26, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    That made my heart pound.

    • 22. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 9:24 am


      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it.

  • 23. Sonia Lal  |  February 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Poor dog. He deserves better.

    • 24. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 9:25 am


      he does and things are looking good for him.

  • 25. rgayer55  |  February 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Some kid not too far from here shot a cat with a bow and arrow. The arrow went through one eye and out somehow without killing the cat. Some people rescued it and took it to a vet. The cops have now found and arrested the young man. Your story rings true.

    • 26. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm


      i just wonder what these kids will be when they grow up.

  • 27. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Sounds like he need a new master.. one that aim elsewhere than at his dog

    • 28. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm


      you said it right.

  • 29. sustainabilitea  |  February 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    We learned when we had rescue dogs, that dogs will often stay with owners who abuse them, somewhat the same way an abused spouse stays with the abuser. I’m glad this dog will have another change at life (at least I hope so.)


    • 30. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:44 am


      it’s an irony, isn’t it? sometimes there are ties that bind and they’re hard to break.

  • 31. Suzanne Joshi  |  February 28, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I would say that anyone who did something like that was mentally ill. It amazes me how so many people kill those who love them. That’s the only way I can fathom it. Their minds are twisted and warped. Good story, Plaridel, and well done. — Suzanne

    • 32. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:44 am


      i agree completely.

  • 33. Amy Reese  |  February 28, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Aww, so pleased the dog was saved. I have a Billy in my story, too. That name seems to be popular this week.

    • 34. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm


      yes, there’s something about billy this week. 🙂

  • 35. talesfromthemotherland  |  March 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Poor, sweet dog. Billie deserves a good whooping himself!

    • 36. plaridel  |  March 3, 2015 at 9:15 am


      i second the motion. 🙂


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