Characters: Dee, Dick the dog.
Setting: After Like Like Love.
Summary: When Dee almost drops the groceries, Dick the dog helps himself to a tasty snack.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Challenge 181: Carrot at anythingdrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters.
Dick was a dog. Short-legged and long-bodied, yes, but still recognisably a dog. Cold wet nose at one end, waggy tail at the other, went ‘WOOF’… Dog. And as everyone knew, dogs were carnivores. They ate meat, or dry kibble, but it amounted to the same thing because dogfood was made from meat, right?
“You’re a dog!”
Ears cocked and head on one side, the little dachshund gave a questioning whine and peered up at Dee without letting go of his prize.
“Why does this kinda thing always happen when Ryo’s not here?”
Ryo was in court today, and Dee had taken the afternoon off so that Dick wouldn’t be by himself all day. He’d come home at lunchtime, walked the dog, then left Dick at the apartment while he’d made a run to the store to pick up groceries and a six-pack. Coming in with his arms loaded, he’d gently nudged the dog aside with one foot and shoved the door closed with his butt, having to give it a hard shove to get the latch to engage. In doing so he’d almost dropped one of his bags. Leaning back against the door, he’d used one knee to balance the bag while he got a better grip on it, but even so, a carrot had rolled off the top, falling to the floor, and Dick had pounced, snatching up his prize and running off with it.
Now the dog was lying on the rug, holding the carrot down with one small, brown paw while he gnawed on it, tail waving happily. Dee had tried to rescue the carrot, but Dick simply refused to give it up, even for a dog treat.
Dee knew Dick was only supposed to have two small meals a day, but here he was, crunching up his purloined carrot with obvious enjoyment. Would that count as his dinner? Was it even safe for him to eat? Maybe he should google it and find out, although if the answer was ‘no’, he wasn’t sure what he’d do. Rush Dick to the vet for emergency treatment? He knew to keep chocolate away from the mutt, but nobody had ever said anything about carrots, and Dee had never imagined a dog might consider root vegetables fair game.
“Just my luck to get stuck lookin’ after a dog that’s part rabbit. That carrot’s not even cooked!” Come to think of it, Ryo liked crunching on raw carrot sticks too, although Dee generally preferred his veggies cooked, served with gravy and plenty of meat. Man food.
Dick didn’t seem to mind the lack of cooking; maybe he liked the carrot’s crunchiness, a chew toy he could eat, good for the teeth. Entertainment, food, and dental hygiene all in one. He was certainly making a meal of it.
A quick check online reassured Dee that carrots were indeed safe for dogs, a nutritious and healthy snack.
“Huh. Maybe I should start eatin’ em myself. If the dog doesn’t eat ‘em all.”
TBC in 'Lost Dog'