Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: The Great Dachshund Escape #amwriting #flashfiction #pets #fiction

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I was sitting on a ferry boat, on my way to a speciality grocery store, when I heard yelling and screaming from behind where I sat. A fifty-some couple were engaged in a physical and verbal sparring match with Peppy the dachshund literally in the middle. 

Margo, refused to give Peppy up to her ex-boyfriend, Simon.”He was my dog before we started going out, and he’s my dog now that we’re breaking up.” 

“That’s not fair, he’s part of my family now. Peppy sits by me most of the day because I work from home. He should be with me in the week. You can have Peppy on weekends,” Simon countered.

Margo scoffed and was about to jab Simon in the chest when Peppy managed to squeeze his way out from between both owners. 

They chased him down the steps and down to the plank where people walked onto the ferry. Peppy jumped in the water, the plank in the process of being removed, and swam to shore before running away. 

I wonder if Margo or Simon ever saw him again? 


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35 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: The Great Dachshund Escape #amwriting #flashfiction #pets #fiction”

  1. Makes total sense that by the end of the relationship that the only one to have retained any dignity was the dog. Am also thinking that the dog was the only one who didn’t vote knowing that either way it was likely to keep getting fed.

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  2. Maybe the dog was showing its leadership skills by power of example in being desexed. In my experience dogs have often been more able workmates than some people too. Or maybe the dog felt no need to participate in violence because it is actually capable of effective violence if the circumstances bring it to that deadend.

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    1. I don’t know what it thought, but I kind of felt if he could think, he was tired of the fighting. In my experience, dogs don’t like fighting, especially pushing and shoving and the loud noise. So this dog ran away, probably smelled something good on shore and liked a swim in the water. And I think he found a better home 🙂

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      1. Last time I had to go to a nightclub some woman was all over me. I asked her to stop because I like to have had a cup of coffee and know someone’s name before we do anything like that. She was incredulous saying… “But I am so hot.”
        I guess being male I was supposed to have already just found religion all over again at that moment. Plenty of good looking dickheads and why bother sleeping with someone you don’t actually like or respect. I would have become a cop in this town if I didn’t just talk like this but also live it. Lol

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      2. Going out for the evening now. Dishes in the sink. Maybe this will be the occasion for the first time in 14 years that I will get home and the bloody cat will have finally done some dishes

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      3. I rescued my cat. She was pretty much on death row then it became feline lottery… first prize. She took it in her stride and despite constant slumber does not seem to have reflected on her fortune. She is also violent. Especially towards guests of other races… mostly Asian. I am embarrassed to say that

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      4. Well I don’t think it’s that weird. I’m not sure animals such as cats dogs have the best sense of sight but maybe can see a shade of skin tone. And if that was the shade which abused her or hurt her, even though we’d say it’s racist as a human, for a cat it makes sense. My old dog, gone three-years now, did not like people with curly dark hair. Her hackles raised and she barked a lot etc. She didn’t like it because when she was small this one woman wouldn’t leave her alone, kept trying to pet her and was rough with her a bit, and she wasn’t comfortable doing that with a stranger, she’s was a pack dog who liked her family most. Anyways, this dislike of people with dark curly hair never left her. It happens. So, I don’t Blane your cat, she can’t reason such ad humans do.

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      1. My pleasure. I get something from your writing and ideas. Thinking part of the day now. Plenty to navigate. Probably should read more

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    1. Thank you so much. Animals can be very intuitive, probably not as much as Peppy, but if I had more room, I would’ve written he found a more peaceful home, where is owners weren’t fighting over him like a piece of pie. 🙂


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