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ROCKY ADVENTURE – All Hallows’ Eve, Part 2

Oct 31, 2011

Though we enjoyed our treat without interruption, the night would not end there. For the two of us, that sugary apple pie has actually given us a second wind. And now, the youngsters, still dressed in their monster disguises, have begun to arrive even more consistently. The old man has his bucket of treats (which he has done a good job of keeping out of my sneaky reach) and offers them each a handful. Guess he’s just that nice of a guy. I would have kept the treats to myself, especially after those rascals scared me earlier.

After a while, the old man decides to spice things up for us. He dresses up in an old lab coat, pulls on some of his rubber cleaning gloves, and finds some wild goggles and adds them to his persona. He looks in the mirror for a moment before ruffling his hair into a tangle. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he looked quite mad. Then it’s my turn. I don’t like getting too dressed up, but the antennae with the little bobbly eyes doesn’t bother me much. A cape made from an old t-shirt adds to my charisma and I become…Super Alien Rocky.

I race around wildly, chasing the bobbly eyes on my head and enjoying the fluttering of my cape. No matter how fast I go, those bobbly eyes still evade my grasp, bouncing around and taunting me. It’s fun though, and I bark an approval to the old man, who also seems to like my costume.

We take a seat at the piano, and the old man begins to play a creepy tune. It starts with some deep, rumbling notes, offset by the occasional high pitched ones. After a few chords, I find myself howling to accompany the eerie music and tapping my paw upon a few of the keys to add some melody. Though this would often disturb the old man, he too joins in and howls into the night.

The doorbell rings again, so we pause for the moment and I rush to the door. I beat the old man there, eager to say hello to the disguised youngsters. When I look back, I notice the old man is coming, but only on two legs. In all the excitement he must’ve forgotten about his extra one. I run back to the piano and fetch it for him. The wood is heavy in my grasp, but I manage to handle it.

By the time I get back, he’s already handed out the goodies and closed the door. He looks at me, and I look at him, and he tells me what a super dog I am. I know this, but it’s always good to hear it once in a while. I tell him the same, and his eyes confirm that he understood.

We continue to greet the oncoming swarm of youngsters, and when they see us, they are quite frightened themselves. I guess that’s what makes this day so fun though. I realize that it isn’t about being frightened or even scaring each other- it’s about everyone- pups included- having a good time.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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Skimp on the Spooky

Oct 28, 2011

The season of Halloween is full of fun and spooky activities. Some of the things we may not be considering is whether or not our pup is going to be okay with the festivities. Along with treats, there are tricks and dangers for our beloved canine companions.

The pumpkins

photoCutting and carving pumpkins is an age-old Halloween pastime. For pups, pumpkins can be sweet and tasty, and rather safe to nibble on, but can sometimes end up in an upset tummy, especially for those rascals that are food sensitive. While the pumpkin itself may not always pose a problem, the candle inside might. Make sure you keep a lit pumpkin away from the pup, or the pup away from the pumpkin. They can knock them over, causing a fire, or burn themselves with curiosity.

Power cords

Decorations are fun, especially the spiders and jack-o’-lanterns that light up. But be cautious as power cords can be dangerous, especially in the jaws of a curious pup. They may find that them make a great chew toy- especially young ones that are teething.

Costume or birthday suit

Dress up is fun for both parents and kids alike, but what about our pups? They can join in on the fun too, of course. But, not every dog is going to be okay with wearing an out of this world outfit. Each dog has a different appreciation for costumes, so keep their wants in mind. Make sure it’s not going to be too hot for them and that they’re okay with wearing it. Double check that there are no low hanging or dangerous aspects, such as strings or attachments that can get caught or chewed and eaten.

The door and the dog

A pup partaking in the fun should still be watched carefully. A leash should be kept handy or attatched at all times, especially when trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell. The open door can be attractive and exciting, so be careful the rascal doesn’t make a quick getaway. You’ll end up chasing him around or he may end up in a busy street. Most importantly, don’t forget that having their ID on is crucial. Don’t take it off just because it doesn’t go with their costume.

Okay with the activities

Keep your pup’s interests in mind. A lot of excitement is about to go down as new and unfamiliar people are going to be at your door quite often. If your pup doesn’t care for all the activity, it may be best to seclude them in a quiet, safe area such as their crate or a room. Offer them a treat and some toys to keep them happy though. Just because they can’t partake in the festivities doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun of their own.

Safety always

If you decide your pup isn’t going to enjoy the activities, be sure and put them in a safe area. While the backyard may seem like a nice, secluded spot, there are some folks out there looking for mischief. Don’t leave your pup unattended where they might become a target for a nasty trick such as an egging or having other items thrown or fed to them.

No candy for them

Candy is not really good for us- but it’s even worse for pups. Chocolate and other sweets can be toxic for pups, so keep it away from their curious paws. That means the wrappers, too. They still smell good, but can get lodged in their throat or intestines. The last thing you want to do is end up at the vet on Halloween night.

Be sure and consider your pup’s thoughts on Halloween. Don’t make them do things they don’t want to, and keep the evening a fun and safe one for the whole family.

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Keep the Frights Away

Oct 26, 2011

photoHalloween is nearing, and with it will arrive haunts and treats alike. But, for those that have pups, it may be a little too spooky for our friendly canine companions. Not all pups are ready for all the excitement that one spooky night brings, as masked strangers roam the streets.

Preparing your pup for Halloween night takes a little bit of insight on your part. You’ll need to have an idea of how your pup will act, and if you don’t know or are unsure, it is best to keep them away from the excitement in general. Some dogs can be sensitive, especially when it comes to noises, and strange smells. If you feel that your pup is a little protective, arriving trick-or-treaters will likely turn their protective instincts up. Don’t be afraid to seclude your pup in their crate or a room where they will be away from the front door. But remember that Halloween is a time of fun and enjoyment, so don’t leave your pup locked up without their own fun. Get them a rawhide bone and toys to play with to keep their mind busy. You may even leave a television or radio on to distract them.

Don’t leave your pup alone in the backyard! You’d be surprised at how many children still play tricks even when you give them treats. Animals are a target for mischief on Halloween, often victims of harassment or thrown objects such as eggs, fruit, or unwanted treats. Though these objects might not always hurt your pup directly, they may enjoy eating them- which can hurt your pup.

If you decide that your pup would be okay to enjoy some of the fun, it is still wise to supervise them at all times. Use a leash, especially if you’re out and about with the kids. Watch for any signs of stress, such as barking, whining, or growling (and hair on their neck standing up). Don’t let other children give your pup treats, too. In large quantities, chocolate is toxic for pups, and they don’t have fingers to open wrappers, so they eat the whole thing. They aren’t picky either, so they’ll eat leftover wrappers, too.

Not all pups like to play dress up, so don’t force your doggy to look like a pumpkin if they don’t want to. Though it may look cute, they can get hot fast, and with all the excitement they may get a little anxious or stressed.

It’s important to prevent children from harassing, teasing, or worse- scaring your pup. Dogs are naturally territorial, and when spooked, they will often attack in self-defense. Whether your pup is friendly or protective, it is still best to keep your pup away from the front door in general, as a curious pup will make a break for the excitement. Then, you’ll end up chasing that rascal around.

At the end of the night, make sure you toss out any pumpkins, candles, candy wrappers or anything else that your pup may get into and eat. Remember that just about everything looks tasty to a pup, especially the curious ones.

Be cautious for your pup on this spooky night, and make sure that it’s enjoyable for them, rather than stressful. No one should have to miss out on a good time, so do your best to ensure that your pup can enjoy the night too.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – All Hallows’ Eve, Part 1

Oct 24, 2011

The street has been full of activity today. Creatures wandering around out there have been moving from house to house. People seem frightened as they answer the door, but give treats to the monsters anyway. When they’ve come to our door, I bark to warn them that this is my house, but the old man answers the door anyway. He acts scared, but it seems more playful than true fear. He gives them some treats from a bucket (I’m sure I’ll help myself to those when the moment seems right) and the creatures leave as quickly as they came.

I’ve been watching all the action from the front window. I sit on the piano, my favorite perch, and watch everything to make sure my home is safe. The old man emerges from his room, his own business done as I can hear the sound of water running. In his hand is my leash, and I know what that means. It’s time for walkies. I hop down wag my tail to show appreciation. He beckons me and puts my leash on. Then it’s out the door and into the realm of these monsters.

Though I’ve been a little frightened of them, I’m still curious. I want to get a closer look at them on their own turf, and perhaps even snag some of those treats they’ve been getting. We head down the road, making our way towards Izzy’s house. The old man likes the lady that lives there. She usually gives him a pie or two for us to share. That means I like her, too. Hopefully she has something for us today.

Unfortunately, when we pass by, no one comes to greet us. Even Izzy isn’t out in the yard today, which surprises me. I sniff around the fence line and leave a message for him. Then we’re on our way again.

We continue to walk, and I enjoy the fall air and the sweet smell of the crunchy leaves. That’s when someone grabs my tail. I yelp and turn to defend myself. One of the monsters has me! I retreat quickly, unsure of what these things are.

Then the mystery is revealed. A mama snatches the monster up and reveals the secret. It’s nothing more than her own youngster, out looking for some mischief of its own. She talks to the old man, telling him that she’s sorry about how her youngster acted. Then she tells me how cute I am and tries to pet me, but I don’t want her to. So I growl a little. Though the mystery is solved, I’m still a little uncomfortable with the situation.
She retreats as well. I’m not usually like that, but that really scared me. If they had a tail, I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if someone grabbed it while they were minding their own business. I snort and tell the old man we should get back home. I don’t really want to walk around anymore.
When we pass by Izzy’s house, his lady comes out to say hello to the old man, and indeed she has a treat for us.

“Yes!” I yelp excitedly. “An apple pie, my very favorite.”

I can feel myself begin to drool already. The old man asks her where Izzy is. She tells him that he didn’t like the ghouls and goblins and was inside watching the Discovery Channel. I laughed. He always acts so tough, but a kitten would spook that guy.

The old man thanks the lady, and I bark a “thanks” as well. Then we head back to our home, where we can hopefully enjoy our treat without any more tricks.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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Furry Halloween Fun

Oct 21, 2011

photoHalloween is getting close, and it’s time to get your costumes ready. Dressing up the kids is usually up to them, choosing between vampires, ghouls, and mummies. But what about those other rascals? Pups can also enjoy the festivities and dress up for the occasion, too. So what to do? Costumes for our pups are a little harder to come by, and can often be a little expensive. If you have a creative edge, you can come up with some of your own ideas that’ll help your pup join the fun.

Keeping it simple

For most owners, a simple football jersey makes a pretty good dress up item. It’s not that difficult to find, and most pups won’t mind the simplicity. You can even try a tiara or head bands that have funny looking ears, horns, or alien antennae to give them an out of this world look. Perhaps just a bandana or spiked collar would even present a simple difference in looks, and wouldn’t mess with your pup’s composure. Try combinations such as a little cowboy hat with the bandanna to give your pup a western look or a tuff looking shirt (try a skull and crossbones on it) with a spiked collar to give your pup some attitude.

Being a little innovative

If you’re looking for something a little more creative, you can try searching the baby department for your pup’s next costume. A lot of baby costumes use Velcro attachments and are easily adaptable to your pup’s body.

Other items that you can use would be to add a simple cape to your pup’s attire, perhaps make them appear to be the super dog that they already are. Perhaps some cardboard would make some nice angel or butterfly wings that let your pup soar amongst the clouds. You could use an old shirt to attach them to, but remember to cut some breathing holes so they don’t get too hot. Be careful about using items that will restrict your pup’s movement or make them hot, as they’ll just end up getting uncomfortable and easily agitated.

One thing to be careful about is putting certain makeup or paints on your pup. If you think they’d look good with some tiger stripes, make sure that anything you put on them is safe for puppy consumption, since it’s likely they’ll want to taste what they’re wearing.

Make sure your pup is comfortable with their new look

If you do dress your pup up for Halloween, make sure that they’re comfortable wearing their new costume. Not all dogs are going to go for extreme dress up, resulting in them becoming agitated, or just tearing the costume up. Even if you want them to be dressed up, keep their happiness in mind, so that they can enjoy the night, too.

Remember that while your pup is going to partake in the dress up part of Halloween, be cautious of treats and strangers. There is going to be a lot of activity going on, and a pup looking as cute as yours is likely to become the center of attention. Make sure you keep your eye on them to keep them safe as you both enjoy dressing up for a night of Halloween fun!

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Halloween Tips For Our Four-Legged Friends

Oct 19, 2011

Help your dog get ready for Halloween activities!  Here are some tips to keep your pup safe and happy…  Woof!

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Oct 17, 2011

It’s bedtime. The old man snores a bit, though it is not as bad tonight. Usually, his sleep keeps me from my own. The day was exciting, and I’m sure we’re both a little tuckered out. We went for a walk, saying hello to some of the dogs and neighbors. The old man seemed really happy today, especially after chatting with a lady down the road. She gave him a pie she had made just for him (although he allowed me to have a piece, and I love apple pie). I can’t help but notice the difference I’ve made in his life, and he’s changed mine as well.

I think back to the time before I was brought to my home. I spent a long time in the cages, and before that is just a distant memory that has faded with my newfound happiness. The cages, though, were not so wonderful. There were lots of dogs, but few of them were my friends. Most were busy chasing their tails out of boredom, and the rest just sat around- waiting for someone to take them home.

The cage I was in held three other pups and me. They played together a lot, mostly wrestling and chatting with one another. They constantly talked about their days of freedom and cat chasing, the bigger pup often teasing the basset hound about his short legs. We played around when the days seemed to long, but most times, they were a little too rough for me (I’ve got a big heart, but my body isn’t exactly dog-tastic).

On that special day, two strangers arrived at the door, looking and examining each of us. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, since every dog in the kennel was barking wildly. I just sat and stared at them. I’ve always been able to hold my composure, not letting anything get me wound up or out of control.

They looked and pointed at the others in my cage, all three of whom were going wild with excitement. I put my paw on the cage door and gave them my best “Pick me!” look.

Well, it worked.

On the way home, I was super excited, but remained outwardly calm. I nudged my new owners with my nose, enjoying their scent and affection. The woman held me tightly, telling me how cute I was. My tail wagged to agree.

We stopped at my new home. A nice place, not huge, but big enough for a pup my size. The door opened up, and I sprang out and began sniffing my new surroundings. I marked a few spots and then proceeded to smell the fresh air. There was a garden near. I detected fresh fruit and some flowers, probably roses. Then my new family called to me, so I followed them into the house.

The inside didn’t smell as lively. There was something…sad about it. I looked around, spotting a piano and a comfy looking couch. My family walked through the home, calling out for “Daddy,” but I didn’t follow them. They walked down the hall and went up the stairs. I followed my nose instead. The back door was ajar, so I nudged it open and looked out. A man was sitting on the porch. He seemed lonely, I could feel it. I walked up next to him and sat down, too. He was staring at his garden, the plants beginning to wilt. I nudged him with my nose, and let out a small grunt. It surprised him, but his expression quickly turned to relief. He stared down at me, his eyes brightening up.

“Hey there, buddy,” the old man said. “Where’d you come from?”

I told him that the others were looking for him, but he didn’t seem that concerned about it. Instead, he scooped me up and put me in his lap. Then he began to pet me as he examined my expression. My tail wagged, and the sadness faded from his eyes, just a little at first. But as time went on, he learned to be happy again. I guess he needs me just as much as I need him.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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Oct 14, 2011

photoI’ve been here for a few weeks now, waiting for someone to come and take me home with them. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much traffic through here lately. One of our friends got picked yesterday. A family dropped by and took him to his new home, making the cage seem a little lonelier. Luckily, I’ve got a couple of pals to spend the time with. We chat on occasion, telling grand tales of freedom and running through the parks, chasing cats. But all we really want is for that right someone to walk through that door be as excited about us as we are about them.

Perhaps there is a little more to it, though. A home would be great, but the right home would be perfect. I often wonder to myself what the right companion would be like. Personally, I like to spend my time with my companion, a daily walk in the park and some quality time well spent. A little bit of space would be perfect, but I’m small enough that I’d be happy with anything.

The cages are quiet today, feeding time has come and gone, so everyone is just lazing about. Ace and Frank seem a little bored, both pups just lying around doing much of nothing, so I break the monotony. I ask Ace and Frank what they think their owners should be like.

“Gee, Benny, I don’t really know,” Ace says, his face deep in thought. I can tell he’s concentrating because his droopy expression is tensed up. “I kinda like to be my own dog most of the time. A companion would be nice, but I like some time to myself, too. You know, get into mischief, maybe tear up the neighbor’s garden on occasion.” Ace jumped up and added, “Gotta have some room to run or else I’d get bored.”

“Whatever,” Frank interrupted, “your little stubby legs would be happy with a tiny fenced-in yard.” Frank’s a good dog, but he likes to tease Ace about his stubby legs. Ace responded by tackling Frank, starting a wrestling match.

“Well, what about you?” I asked Frank. He was a wild character, so I knew he definitely needed some room to run, too.

“Me?” Frank stopped wrestling with Ace and started thinking. “I’d like someone to spend a lot of time with me. You know how I am, I love to play. It’d drive me nuts to be by myself all the time. Maybe some kids to play with, too. A few games of fetch in the park and tons of room to run and dig would be perfect.” Frank sat down and asked me, “What about you, Benny?”

I thought for a moment, trying to picture what the perfect home and companion would be like. “I’d like someone who is there to play with me, but I don’t really think they’d have to spend every waking moment with me. At least enough time so that I don’t think they’ve forgotten about me.”

I’ve had an owner before, long ago, but they didn’t want me anymore, so they brought me here. A companion would be great, but I don’t need attention as much as Frank does. The rascal loves attention. I figured Ace wouldn’t be as worried about spending time with an owner, he always talks about how much he enjoys his “alone time.” That lazy pup would likely just sit around and watch the Discovery channel all day long. At least, whenever he gets out of here.

I look around the cage. Really, all we want is for someone to come and take us home. I’d love someone that I could call “mine.” I know Frank definitely wants a whole family to play with, and even though Ace likes to be alone, deep down, I know he wants a family, too.

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ADOPT A PET MONTH – Choosing the Right Dog

Oct 12, 2011

photoBefore you introduce a new member to your family, there are some things you must first consider. You have to clarify what you and your family will desire from your new four-legged friend, and what the pup will need in their new home. Remember that you are not the only one whose life is about to change, so you want to be sure that you pick the right dog for you.

Consider the proposition of a pup

First, you must ask yourself – do you have the time for a puppy?  Can you spend lots of time with your pup? Busy schedules and work can overwhelm our lives, leaving little time to actually spend with a new dog. You’ll need to be able to take the time to properly train them and make sure their life is happy. This makes a large difference, especially to young puppies who need you to spend lots of time training.

Then, consider the amount of space you have to offer them. Is there lots of room?  Or perhaps you live in an apartment or condominium. If you live under a rented roof, you’ll have to consider the size of the dog you’ll adopt. Discuss with your landlord any requirements, as there are usually pet deposits and size limitations. You don’t want to put a Labrador in a small apartment. Having a pup join your life isn’t just about satisfying your needs.  Remember to consider the pup’s needs as well.

Also consider your budget. Money can play a big part in owning a doggy, so ask yourself – what can you afford for your pup? Consider the expenses of vet checkups, shots, dog food, housing, toys, and treats to keep them happy and healthy. You may not be able to afford to properly take care of a dog. And you don’t want to adopt them, only to return them when you can no longer afford to take care of them.

The right dog for your home

The Dog.  Now ask yourself what kind of pup you seek- do you like drooling, shedding, big or small, active, or perhaps even older? There are various combinations to choose from, and every one of them has the right owner, but you have to consider if you’re the right match for them.

When picking the right dog to join your family, consider any allergies, children, and other pets that will play a part in your pup’s life. Small children and other pets will greatly affect your pup’s lifestyle and ability to interact. If you have another dog, choose compatible breeds and genders. Gender can play a much larger role than you may think, as two females tend to interact better than a male and female or two males. For small children, such as infants, you’ll want to make sure your new friend doesn’t have access to them, at least until they’ve become adjusted to their new home.

Also remember that there may even be behavioral problems, such as bladder problems or aggressive tendencies. It is best to get a history on your future friend to make sure they will fit in with your family.

Choosing the right dog for you is more than just walking into a shelter and pointing a finger at a cute pup (they’re all cute). You have to make sure that you and your future friend are going to be a good match for one another, ensuring a house full of happiness.

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Oct 10, 2011

The day has been fairly uninteresting. This morning, the old man slept in longer, which he seldom does, until I nudged him with my wet nose to tell him it was time to eat. He did smile at me when he awoke though, informing me that my job was well done. Sometimes, I think that if I weren’t here, he might not want to get up and share the day with the world.

Such it has been for a while though, often reminding me of the old days when we could go for our daily walks and play around in the park. Before he got his third leg, he seemed to be a little faster. Since then, he’s slowed down, having trouble getting down the steps in the back yard, so that he can play in his garden. The front door isn’t as bad, though. Only one step drops off into the grassy yard, and is easily manageable.

Now, I’m sitting here, a little bored, waiting for the old man to wake up from his nap. After the time seems to slip away, I get a little anxious, and a mischievous thought enters my mind. I hop down from my spot on the couch and go to check on the old man. He sleeps still, not quite soundly though. His snoring is loud enough I can hear it in my own dreams. I won’t bother him right now, in fact, it’s better if he’s asleep while I slip out for a walk of my own.

I’m careful not to let the doggy door squeak as I slip through, and now free, I rush out into the yard and take care of some quick business. Then my journey begins. I won’t wander far, I promise myself. So I start by sniffing around the fence. A couple of messages are left for me, and a strange one that I am unfamiliar with. I write them back.

Further down the street, I run into Izzy. He’s a lot bigger than me. What’s always made me laugh is that just because he’s an Australian Sheppard, he thinks he has to talk like that guy on the Discovery channel. Though he is sometimes full of himself, he’s really a great dog. He tells me about his new toys and how his lady lets him do whatever he wants because he’s the boss. (That’s by far a lie – he does whatever she wants him to. He talks big, but loves her more than anything else in the world.) We chat for a bit until his lady calls him inside. He obediently responds, proving my point. I laugh and continue on my way.

I continue to trot along, sniffing here and there. Then a new scent catches my nose, so I follow. It’s very strange. I think it’s another animal, maybe a cat! A “meow” solidifies my thoughts. The rascal is hiding in a bush, and the chase is on. He dodges left, I follow. A sharp right, but I stay on its tail, barking my war cry and challenging the cat to go faster. Then up a tree and onto a high branch, the cat escapes me. I continue to bark for a few moments more, before realizing that I’m quite lost.

I look around, but everything is unfamiliar. I run back to the sidewalk and try to retrace my steps. I walk up and down the walkway for a bit before catching my own scent. I mark it, just in case, and rush back towards home. I get lost once more, but spot Izzy’s house across the street. I know where I am again, and make a mad dash back for home.

I rush through the doggy door, spotting my old friend at his piano bench. He’s just now finishing one of his favorite classics. I hop up on the bench just in time. The old man moves his hand to the far side of the keyboard, but scratches behind my ear instead of finishing his song. I raise a paw and hit the last note in timely fashion.


Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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