A very short shaggy dog story

Maggie – that’s my person – is always saying to people that I’m nothing but a hound dog. It amuses her and there’s a song to that effect which she sings around the house when no-one can hear, except that I do hear it and if I could put my paws over my ears I would because, well, it’s terrible. Only then she’d think I wanted to play and frankly, I just want to rest. I’m old. In my day I dreamt of being a dragon dog, roaming the forests and eating people. Just as well Maggie can’t read my mind. I think it would have frightened her, even though it was a harmless fantasy. We dogs have rich internal lives. Did you know that, you writers?

This little bit of silliness was my contribution to the National Flash fiction Day Write-In.

About Cath Barton

Cath Barton is an English writer who lives in South Wales. In June 2017 she was awarded the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella, and her novella The Plankton Collector was published by New Welsh Review in September 2018. Her second novella, In the Sweep of the Bay, was published by Louise Walters Books in November 2020. Cath is also active in the on-line community of writers of flash fiction.
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