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It's Impossible to Write With a Dog

by Natalie Gray about a month ago in dog
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It's Impossible to Write With a Dog
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It's impossible to write with a dog hovering over your shoulder. Perhaps if you have a small lap dog, like a Yorkie or a Dachshund, you may tend to disagree, but a great big fur-baby like a German Shepherd? Impossible, I say.

Granted, she's very sweet and incredibly smart. Smarter than I am at times, it seems. I love her dearly, but it is a colossal feat to get an ounce of work done with this colossal, loveable fiend constantly licking my ears. How do you tell a dog that it's not time to play, without feeling like the biggest villain of all time? After all, what could be more important than wet, sloppy kisses and playing ball to a canine? Nothing, I say.

And now, she's pouting in the corner. Her soulful dark eyes filled with the most intense betrayal I have ever seen. She catches me glimpsing at her, and her ears prick up with hope. She inches closer, slowly mind you, perhaps thinking I won't notice her returning to my side. She scratches her ear with her foot, pretending not to care a bit about what I'm doing, perhaps in the hope that I will reach over to give her a pity scratch. I told you, she was smart.

Of course, I want to pet her. I want to scratch her belly until she sings to me the song of her people. What I do not desire so greatly is wiping drool strings off my keyboard, and making sure my pens and paper notebooks are out of reach of her ever curious maw.

Then again, I suppose a little doggy drool never really hurt anything, did it? She has returned to her corner, huffing and sighing from boredom. It's at times like these we ask ourselves, "is it worth it?". Working is important; it puts food on the table and a roof over our heads. But working - even if it is a task we love - comes at a cost: the cost of not giving our precious canine companions all the love and attention their little hearts desire.

Cats, for the most part, are different. They don't seem to care what we do, as long as there is food in their dish and clean litter in their boxes regularly. Every now and again they emerge, just long enough to grace us with a moment of their illustrious presence, as a reward for our hard work keeping them fed and sanitary. Somewhere in this house there is a cat, although I admit I haven't seen hide nor hair of him all day. I suppose he likes it that way; curled up somewhere dark and cozy, enjoying his solitude. Can't say I blame him at all.

Dogs, however, require that social interaction, don't they? Every time they see us, it's like they're seeing us for the first time. Some bark or dance for joy when the front door opens; others are barely able to contain their excitement, and of course there are those who accidentally release their "excitement" on the rug. We can't blame them too much for that though, right?

I think she's gone to sleep. All I can see is a black and brown pointed ear, flicking every now and again with every click of my keys. I guess she finally lost interest in me, which is how I finally seem able to get down a word in edgewise. In all honesty, I kind of miss having her flop down beside me on the couch, and drop her head in my lap. That level of affection - so pure, so unconditional - is nice to have for a change. Yes, its annoying, but enjoyable in its annoyance in a way. Does that make sense?

If you have a dog, I suppose it just might.


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Natalie Gray

Welcome, Travelers! Allow me to introduce you to a compelling world of Magick and Mystery. My stories are not for the faint of heart, but should you deign to read them I hope you will find them entertaining and intriguing to say the least.

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  • Chelsea Lynne5 days ago

    Completely relate to this struggle and love hearing about others’ adventures with their pets. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Arun kumar barik23 days ago

    Nice, and I have a cute dog, and I love him very much. thanks

  • AYYOUB MC25 days ago

    Nice 🙂

  • marie ehlenbach25 days ago

    I have a dog, she is Pekingese & Pomeranian! She doesn't sit in my lap, but she is 10 yrs old! It is nice when you have a dog who knows when it is OK and when it is not. I would't give her up for nothing! It takes time!

  • monika agrawal25 days ago

    nice :)

  • Chris26 days ago

    lol some truth there.

  • Annie Edwards 27 days ago

    I have a Chihuahua, and I completely relate to this!! I always feel horrible when she stares at me with a sad look because something else has my attention at the time.

  • I am looking forward to having my new pet bird sit on my shoulder while I type up great work. I will have to use a picture of me and my bird on my shoulder on one of many new stories I will write. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you.

  • Manisha Dhalani29 days ago

    I don't have a dog, but it's kinda heartwarming to read what you wrote. :) Looks like your dog DID help you write, this story at least. Hehe!

  • Jodi Nicholls29 days ago

    This is so wholesome! I have two cats, and they're fine being near me but don't require the same level of attention as the dogs I know and love. <3

  • Martin Thomas30 days ago

    I love dogs

  • Fatma M Robinsonabout a month ago

    Your story was very detailed story. I could picture exactly what ur dog looks like. I enjoyed reading this.

  • Keila Aartilaabout a month ago

    Very true! My GSD pokes my arm while I'm typing and h feels ignored - but if you think writing is hard with one, try Yoga! That's fun. We're all on the ground playing. 😂Fun article - good writing!

  • K.H. Obergfollabout a month ago

    HAHAHA, love this story!! We have a German Sheppard that's 10 months old and he is an overly energized love-bug : )

  • Steven Goundenabout a month ago

    I can definitely relate to this. I had a Dachshund a few years ago and I can tell you that no matter how big or small they are - they still need the interactive experience.

  • akhil achieversitabout a month ago

    Good writting

  • Em Starrrrrabout a month ago

    Haha I can so relate. My bull arab baby is a very vocal, giant velcro dog who physically pushes my hands off my keyboard. So naughty...but those puppy dog eyes win me over every time. He is 6 years old, going on 6 months.

  • Autumn Fryeabout a month ago

    I can relate to this! I have a lab-pitbull mix who follows me everywhere wanting attention. Great article!

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