The POV Experiment: The Doggie, by Jack Cavanaugh
Old Mother Hubbard — Dog’s Point of View
Flea! Flea! Scratch it! Back leg in motion. Get it…get it…over…over…over… There! There! Right there! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Sniff. Kitchen rug warm. Big sigh. Lick chops. Lay down. Wait. Soon. Soon?
Footsteps! Coming! She’s coming! Tail thumping. Happy.
It’s her! Female with three chins. Like her. Like her.
Follow slipper shuffle across the floor. Is she…?
Cupboard! Cupboard! Yes! Bone cupboard! Happy dog! Happy dog! Tail wagging happy. Good female. Good female. Like her.
What? No bone? Cupboard bare? Sad dog. Sad dog.
Oh…female’s chins quiver! All three of them. Eyes wet. She’s sad.
Don’t be sad three chins. Makes me sad. Tail still. Sad still.
Female pats head. Nuzzle her leg.
Don’t cry. Please don’t cry.
Lick her hand. Better now? Feel better?
Jack Cavanaugh writes all sorts of novels from his home in California.