Monday, March 22, 2021

Slice of Life-23 of 31: Giving a dog a bone

   It's March! That means that I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I am happy to co-host this event with the team at Two Writing Teachers. Everyone is welcome!

I work on my computer. Clare draws. However, Winnie is not ready for such quiet, low-interaction activities. She lies on the ottoman, close to Clare's feet. With a thud, her bone hits the floor. She looks at the bone, then looks back at Clare. 

"She wants me to get it," Clare says. "Except as soon as I do, she'll drop it again."

Winnie stares at the bone, not wanting to leave her perch. I watch to see what Clare will do, and she continues to work on her drawing. 

Winnie also turns to see what Clare will do. 

And then she lies back down, staring at the bone. Maybe she is debating whether to hop down and retrieve it or just settle in. 

I don't get a lot of time with Winnie, so I'm inclined to spoil her. She arrived at our house almost exactly a year ago. When Clare had to leave her semester abroad program, she turned her energies into talking us into a second dog, one that would be hers. I'm of the camp that puppies tend to make everything better, so Clare was successful in her canine quest. 

I got up and handed Winnie her bone. 

"You know that's going to be dropped right back down within seconds," Clare said. 

I did. It was. 

And I handed back. 

It's a game I'll play. 

There's something so joyful about giving a grateful and playful dog a bone. 

Happy Slicing,


  1. Look how big she is -- wow this slice marks time for sure. I remember you deciding and driving to PA to get her. Dogs have a good way of making us take breaks and be playful. Love how you captured the pictures to go along with it.

  2. Unconditional love like only a dog can give. We had dogs for all the years we had kids at home. We'll get a dog again when we decide to retire for real. Nice pics to go with the story.

  3. I love how this is reflective of the spoiling that we give to those who are not our children. It could be written as a grandparent to a grandchild. I love that you spoil her! Clare may not!

  4. Winnie is adorable! Just one big ball of pouf. How can you not indulge her?

  5. First, Winnie is adorable! More important, though, is your post about stopping to cherish the moment with a person or a dog. There will always be work/chores to be done.

  6. "...Clare was successful in her canine quest." It's just a marvelous sentence. I'm not entirely sure why.

    Dogs are amazing and we humans don't really deserve them. I'm glad Winnie got her bone. Tw

  7. This was super sweet, and a really lovely Slice to share with students. XO