Friday Fictioneers…Rescue

Posted: February 25, 2015 in Animals, Friday Fictioneers
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Friday Fictioneers: One photo. One hundred words. One story. Any one author.

copyright Dawn Landau

copyright Dawn Landau


Shiiit, I don wanna go to no juvie, so I figure this volunteer thing be what I have to do. Dog rescue be good. Maybe I find me one a them Rottie dawgs or them pit bulls. Then nobody be messin’ wit me!

Trouble is, dat dawg I find be hurtin’ from bein’ made ta fight. She all skinny and stuff and lick ma face ‘n all. All she be wantin’ is some luv. Shiiit! Make me wanna cry ‘n I cain’t be doin’ that! They help me keep her. Now she follow me everywhere. I guess we a lot alike.


This story is dedicated to Janie and Annabelle, the two rescue pit bulls we fostered and would have adopted had we been able to do so at the time.  You can find more posts and photos of them by clicking on “Animals” in the Categories part of my blog.  And a big shoutout to For the Love of Pits, the amazing organization near Cleveland, Ohio that does such stellar work!  They and their dogs are changing the hearts and minds of people and dogs every day!   You guys rock!!

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  1. I think you really captured the essence of such master such dog.. love the language in this.. I like the fact that they have found each other keeping out of juvie and what’s worse.. hope they make it.

  2. yes, they are made for each other :o)

  3. Sandra says:

    There’s going to be a lot of heart-string tugging this week, and you’re up there in the front runners Janet. Nice one.

    • Many thanks, Sandra. A story of hope as well, I think. I’m just about out the door to the tea shop for another day of work. At the end of this week, I’ll have been there a month (of part time.) My, how time flies!


  4. Great voice in this. And I love the reluctant but much needed love accidentally found by the narrator,. Kudos!

  5. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    WHERE did this come from? Not your usual tone at all, and good for you for stretching your skills. Well done.

    • From my unexpected depths, Helen. 🙂 There’s more to some of us than meets the virtual eyes (evil and conspiratorially laugh.) It came from a combination of places, including where I taught many, many years ago, our foster parenting of pit bulls, and a few other places. Pleased you like it.


  6. brainsnorts says:

    you get a break from any spelling or grammar edits – this week. a nice piece that shows we can have something in common with all living things, not just people, and not just certain people.

    • Thanks goodness for the former or my post would be lit like a house on fire. 🙂 I’m glad it worked, Rich.


      • brainsnorts says:

        it made me think about a situation about 20 years ago. i was driving through the outskirts of Newark over an old highway bridge that spanned over a nasty area of the city. in was in the slow lane, next to the pedestrian path of the bridge. the path was littered with broken glass. running in my direction on the path, against traffic, was a beautiful husky that seemed completely out of place. running after the husky was a young man, no shirt, barefoot, only jeans. i assumed it was his dog and it had run away for whatever reason. they were gone in a flash in the other direction, but all i saw was a man running over glass in barefeet and the panic on his face that the dog might take one wrong turn into traffic. it’s something that still comes into my head any time i go over a similar type of bridge.

      • There has to be a story there, Rich, or part of one.

  7. Ah, this is really heartwarming.

  8. It sure is a dog’s life out there… Love how you really gave this fella a voice all his own.

  9. Yep, the accent comes across perfectly! Love this…

  10. Honie Briggs says:

    Wow! Janet, this is superb. I like it a lot.

  11. A great story for this photo prompt.

  12. Some real tenderness under the tough exterior. Well portrayed.

    • Thanks, Patrick. I think that tenderness is there more often than we might think, but buried deeply to save face. At least I certainly hope so. Just have to find the right agent to crack the shell.


  13. Beneath that rough exterior, there is a soft centre. I really like the dialogue in the story.
    Very good!

    • Many thanks, Francesca. Many a dog or other animal has found the soft center of a seemingly hardened person, whatever the age. I’m very pleased you liked the dialogue, too.


  14. storydivamg says:

    Great story, Janet. Colloquial dialogue is hard to pull off, but I think you nailed this one by using turns of phrase well and only a touch of phonetic spelling. Isn’t it amazing who ends up being rescued when a human takes an interest in a needy animal? Good work.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  15. Who is saving who, I wonder? Very nice story, harshness of language accentuates beauty in the core.

  16. I guess they are, a lot alike.

  17. karen rawson says:

    I think this prompt really spoke to you! Nicely done and a nice outcome for both of them.

  18. erinleary says:

    Nicely told from a unique POV. Lucky dog.

  19. Dear Janet,

    I be like all over readin’ dis. I be like sayin’ great job. Two paws up.

    Like Shalom,


  20. Too much shit, and wit, and grit for me (can you believe that coming from me?).
    Otherwise, I’d say you nailed it

  21. plaridel says:

    great story, but pass the tissue, please…

  22. Jan Brown says:

    Good story 🙂

    Sounds like these two are well matched 🙂

  23. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    While I love the message of your story I was not convinced of the authenticity of the narrator’s voice. This may be a result of a lack of experience on my part, but if it is not, I thought you’d like the feedback.



  24. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Janet, Dialect is wonderful and accurate! Who is saving who? I think the dog is savior! Great job! Nan 🙂

  25. gahlearner says:

    That’s why we love dogs, they make us whole. Wonderful story.

  26. Oh shiiit that was good. Love the style, the story, everything. Bril.

  27. It’s always difficult to hear about animal abuse. They are helpless. You captured the essence of that in your story. A pretty wild ghetto accent you pulled off. Very nice, Janet. I may try this challenge.
    Good Write !!! : )

  28. Made for each other. We should all find that, whether of the two or four legged variety. Beautifully rendered in an authentic voice.

  29. Loved it! I love the choice of language to create character.

  30. wildbilbo says:

    Ha, yeah, the language was great here, you nailed the dialect & I liked the mutually redemptive angle you took.

  31. draliman says:

    I love how the dog manages to turn him around, and then that last line which makes me think your narrator has had it tough up to now. Great story! Loved the dialect.

  32. Sonia Lal says:

    Such a sweet story!

  33. A symbiotic relationship which will save both of them. Loved the language though had to guess at the meaning of juvie (which was easy to do). Great story.

  34. adamjasonp says:

    Shiiiit. Great phonetic touch on bringing a nice story to life.

  35. Liked it! Awesome job with the language and transmitting a lot of the personality through it!

  36. Amy Reese says:

    Sounds like they need each other, Janet. When a dog licks your face, now that’s love. Now how can she resist that?

  37. Throw away dogs and throw away kids. A sad commentary on modern society. Glad they found each other.

  38. rgayer55 says:

    Sounds like de both need some luvin’ to me. I’ve tried nuzzling Connie and licking her face, but she just hands me a milk bone and pats me on the head.

  39. AnnIsikArts says:

    It wouldn’t be the first time a ‘dumb crittur’ turned around the life of a human who is otherwise ‘going to the dogs’. Your character is all the more real for having that accent – great colouring.

    • Thanks, Ann. Animals can certainly be lifesavers for human, especially those in need of love. I’m happy the accent worked for you, too. Have a wonderful week.


  40. Margaret says:

    He’s found a purpose in life, and he’s experiencing love. That’s all anyone needs. Well told. Heartwarming.

  41. Alice Audrey says:

    It works. It reminds me of a room mate I had while working as a maid in a resort a long time ago.

  42. Janet, somehow I read this 3x and forgot to comment the 2x before! An reflection of how scattered, jet lagged (I’m in FL now, seeing the in laws) and well… lame, I’ve been lately! Too many balls in the air for sure!

    I love this piece. It is so unique and different for you. You have really captured a voice and character here, and the story is really touching and authentic. Wonderful story for this prompt, or on its own!

    • Thanks, Dawn. Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve begun to wonder whether you’re ever at home at all! 🙂 Sounds, though, as if you’re doing well, so I’m glad. Thanks for coming back to comment. I really appreciate it and the time from your busy schedule.


      • It’s been a busy year… admittedly. I think now that the kids are gone, we have been freer to just go do the things that come up– and that’s been a lot! I love reading and participating in the FF stories though. 🙂

  43. Kentucky Angel says:

    I like this. I watch Convicts and Pit Bulls on Animal Planet, and it is always touching to see how those tough people are completely turned around by these beautiful dogs. Great post. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Animals and people can be the salvation of one another or one can destroy the other. Thankfully, there are many more examples of the former. Thanks for visiting, reading, and commenting.