October 5, 2016 prompt: Big Brown Dog: 99 word challenge

October 5: Flash Fiction Challenge

How could I resist?


Barney was brown, black and white, fluffy, soft and loveable.
A border collie, we brought him home with his brother Rubble on August 5th 1995.
Rubble grew distressed every time we closed the door (we only had one into the property) so we had to take him back to the farm.
Barney however stayed, but was afraid of thunder and fireworks, so he’d hide in the bath.
When we revamped the bathroom and replaced said bath with a shower cubicle, he was confused for a while, then just sat on the little step where the bath used to be instead.
barney

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to October 5, 2016 prompt: Big Brown Dog: 99 word challenge

  1. scifihammy says:

    Aw That’s cute! πŸ™‚

  2. Charli Mills says:

    What a beautiful border collie! Perches were the first thing Grenny looked for in new space. He like comfort, as in king beds and sofas. Just a week before he past, we spent a week in Tucson for training my husband needed to attend. The company knew how important our dogs were to us and they put us up in a beautiful suite. Looking back, I’m so happy he got to experience the luxury. We had no idea that was his final week with us. Thank you for sharing your story of your beloved Barney. He’ll be included in the Big Brown Dog Collection next week at Carrot Ranch.

    • Thanks Charli. We always said Barney was too pretty to be a dog, and most people thought he was a bitch. We lost him so suddenly, we weren’t ready, so had his picture done on canvas. It’s hanging up here in the boat and I still have the original snapshot I took.
      So glad Grenny had a taste of luxury. Maggie is spoilt rotten, and loves her comfort too (our bed, my bench, my lap, etc).

  3. They love their routine and for things to stay unchanged. Barney sounds like a wonderful companion. We had a dog Mungo who was petrified of thunder (and nail guns) and it was horrible to watch. We never thought of the bath as a potential safe place.

    • Barney chose the bath, and eventually under the bed after the ‘step’. He was beautiful, and died way before his time. Of course we have Maggie now, and she is a little gem in her own right. She doesn’t like thunder or fireworks either, but likes to snuggle close rather than hide.

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