TITLE: NEW DOG IN TOWN
GENRE: Middle Grade
As soon as we get out of the elevator, I know something is wrong. Instead of walking alongside us, Hattie skips ahead down the hall. And when Fetch Man opens our door, I know what it is.
The shoes and boots are missing. The fake flowers are gone. And… the whole entryway is empty!
Without waiting for Fetch Man to remove the leash, I rush off, nose to the floor. What could have happened? Intruders? Strangers? Cats?
But all I smell are Food Lady, Fetch Man, and Hattie. My own family.
Could it be me? I’ve been on high alert ever since we went outside. Hattie seemed so distracted, she almost collided with a bunch of humans outside a snorting bus. Fetch Man appeared to be rushing the entire way to the Dog Park. And once we were there, he threw the ball a couple of times and then acted like he couldn’t wait to get home. They sure were behaving weird.
Maybe I’m overreacting. There was probably an innocent explanation for everything. Like Cody’s always telling me, “Relax, Jack. Life is not nearly as dangerous as you think.” Easy for him to say; he’s a Cockapoo. Everybody knows how mellow they are. Jack Russell Terriers are just the opposite. It’s in our DNA. Or at least that’s what the dogs at the shelter used to say.
Sure, Cody could have a point. Maybe I should chill out. And besides, I have more important things to think about. Like breakfast.