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Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball!

The Rescue                                      (Hear the Character-spoken VOICE Post HERE )

Hi there!  Hi!

Heya!  Hey there!

Yo
Ho!  Hello!

How are you?  Hiya!


My name is Chloe.

You smell nice.


Did you bring me a ball?

Chloe Intro

I’ve been around for about 1½ years so far, which means by now I’ve already grown about as big as I’m going to get, probably.  But emotionally, I’m still just a little puppy at heart.

I’ve had a bit of a rough road in my short life up until my foster folks took me in, so I’m ready to settle down with a loving family who will take good care of me from now on.

You brought me a ball, right?

Of course, I bet I could stand to fill out another few pounds around the middle.

I’m sure treats would take care of that . . .  Yep, plenty of treats should do the trick.

I like treats.  I’m even willing to work for them.

I’ll Sit, I’ll Shake, give you a High Paw . . .  I bet you could even teach me a few more.

I like to learn new tricks . . .  it’s easy for me, and, I’m good at it.

(Especially if there’s a BALL involved!)


Say, is that a ball you’ve got there in your pocket?

Mind if I check your pockets, real quick?


MY Ball!

Oh, sorry, pardon my cold nose.


I really love the game of Fetch, too, because I love to run, and I love to get the ball . . .

I can’t always guarantee I’ll give it back, though!  (It’s MY Ball!)


I’ve been around other dogs at my foster family’s house . . .  they’re all right, I guess, as long as theyre nice.  They’re good for chasing after and being chased by.

Do you have a big back yard where I can run, like, a lot?  I like to run.  A lot.

Especially if you have a ball!

You DO have a ball, right?


Cats are okay, too, I suppose.  They’re kinda boring, though.  They don’t do much.  I try to chase them, but they just hide.  Sometimes they smack me, too.  That’s totally not cool!  Cats aren’t that much fun.

Not like my ball!  My ball is TONS of fun!


Likes

I guess I really don’t care whether or not I play with the other animals . . .  I can take it or leave it, I suppose.  I dont mind other animals, but they dont make much difference to me one way or another.  Id be happy to join you in a home with other pets.

I’d be just as delighted, though, if you happen to be the pet-monogamous type — that’d for sure be all right by me, too . . .  all the more attention, just for me!  I can take it, I promise!

Just give me a ball, and life is good.

Just give me the ball, and no one gets hurt!


My ball keeps me busy for hours.  Well, maybe not hours.  Wait, how long is an hour, anyway?  Sometimes, it doesnt entertain me anymore.  Sometime I wonder if my ball still likes me when it stops playing nice with me.  Cause, after a while, it starts to bounce less, and doesn’t roll as well . . .  it’s hard to play with it when it’s all chewed up and misshapen like that, and has all this slobbery wet stuff all over it . . .  where did that come from?

*Sigh.*

Say, do you happen to have another ball?  This one seems to be kinda broken . . .  it’s sorta shaped funny, now . . .  I dont remember it being this flat, before, or having this many holes in it.  And, wait, just how many pieces of a ball are there supposed to be, again, anyway?


I’m usually not much for chewing anything I’m not supposed to, but . . .

Oh, give me a ball, and, well, I just can’t resist . . .  they’re so —


Happy Fun Ball

Hey, a BALL!

Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!!


What can I say?  I’m only canine!


Good With

I won’t get the chance to be a mom myself, but I have a natural mama-ness for the littler two-legged critters . . .  theyre really nice to me, and fun.  They tug on my ears, and tail, and give me lots of hugs . . .  I follow them around to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re okay.  I like to cuddle up with them and sleep on their feet to keep them safe at night.

Everyone in my house should be safe.  I make sure to say so to anyone who goes by.  I tell them pretty loudly, just in case they don’t listen well, so they get that message right away.  Sometimes you two-leggers need to be told a few times.  But thats okay, I dont mind repeating myself.


Dislikes

Other than that, though, I’m usually pretty low-key and really mellow for a Boxer.

Lots of commotion can happen around me, and most of the time, I just keep to myself, chewing my rawhide bone, and ignoring all of it.  It usually doesnt have anything to do with me, doesnt change anything about my world any, and I’ve found it usually goes away on its own more often than not.

I know Im the low dog in the pack.  Im okay with that.  I like it there.  No worries, no hassles.  Just me and my ball, room to run, plenty of water, and lots of attention.  Thats all I need, really.


And, also, I’m really good at curling up close to make you warm.  I’m a regular Boxer blanket, sort of a biological boiler.  But, sometimes it takes me a while to settle in . . .   I figure if I stand over you, you’ll have more opportunities to pet me.

So, I’m just gonna stand on you now, okay?  Then you’ll have to pet me.

Go ahead.  Pet me.  I’ll wait.

     Still waiting.

          You’re not petting me.

Oh, what, I’m supposed to lay down?

Oh, okay, fine, be that way.

Guess I’ll just lay down here.  On your feet.


Quirks

Occasionally, too, I hang out in my box.  I’ve got a pretty good idea when that is . . .  you’ve got your keys in your hand, putting your coat on, I get it.  But, if I happen to be playing with my ball, I might not notice, so, then you can just tell me, and I’ll go nicely.  Let me just grab my ball, quick, though, first.

I’ll just stay here and hang out with my ball to keep me company.  As long as I have my ball, I’m fine.

If I can’t get to my ball, I has a sad.


Stuck Ball


Also, I should tell you some of the rules.

It’s important that you understand a few basic principles.

Here’s how this stuff works.  I will sometimes bring you a ball.  Now, remember, this is MY Ball.  They’re ALL mine.  Even if they’re not mine, they’re still mine.  If it’s shaped like a ball, rolls like a ball, then it’s MINE.  So, if I should see fit to bring YOU a ball, then YOU’RE supposed to use it to play with ME . . .  that’s YOUR job.  I’ll give it to you, then sit down and wait.  You should toss it up for me to catch it.

If you don’t, I will paw at you until you do.  I will keep pawing at you until you do.  Im very patient that way.  I dont have anything else to do, and you dont seem that busy.  Playing with a ball always makes me happy.  Here, Ill share.  You can play with the ball with me, then youll be as happy as me.  We can be happy together.  You, me, and my ball.  As long as you understand, its MY ball.  Then you can play, too.

Okay, theres the ball.

Right there.

There, in your lap.  Right there, by my nose.

See that?  This, here, where my paw is, this ball.  Yes, that one.

No, dont pet my head right now.  Throw the ball!

This one.  This.  No, not on the floor!

There, I'll put it back in your lap for you.  Right there.

Right there.  There.

Im very patient.  I can do this all day.

Did I mention that?  It’s okay, Im not that busy.

I can keep pawing you.  Then youll see the ball.

That one.  Right there.


Sometimes, I will bring you a bigger item, something longer.  Now, this time, you’ll take that, and hold it.  I’ll hang onto the other end, and you pull.  Now, I’ll pull, and shake, but don’t let go.  That’s how it works.  This will be good for a while until I get bored, and then —

Hey, did someone say Ball?


I like attention.

Rub my belly, stroke my ears, bat at my cheeks, pull on my jowels . . .  it’s all good.

I know I look bigger than I really am . . .  I know I’m not that large, really.  I’m sure I can easily fit in your lap.

You’ll come to realize this too, I promise.  Just be still, youll be fine.

Don’t struggle so much, you make a lumpy pillow that way.

You can just pat me on the back, and tolerate my snoring like a lumberjack.  Youre okay.


And, oh, yeah, sorry about that puddle of water on the floor by my drinking dish.

Hey, YOU try lapping out of a bowl this little with a wet sponge this big always lolling over your gums.  My tongue will fit into my head ONE of these days, eventually, I think.  I’m sure I’ll grow into it it, soon . . .  Besides, there are so many uses for it . . .  but best of all, all the better to lick you with!

 . . . And lick, and lick,

               and lick, and lick, and lick,

                          and lick, and lick, and . . .


HEY!  LETH – NKOE – OTH – NY – DHUNG!


Oversized Tongue

Thank you!

(Bleah! — HUMAN germs!  Yuck!  How do I know where those fingers have been???)


So, anyway, as long as you understand how to give me what I need . . .

(Wait, where’s my Ball???!!)

. . . then I’m sure everything will work out just fine.


I rumble like a furnace when I’m sleepy, grunt like a pig when I’m content

(What, you wanted me to purr?  What do you take me for??  Who do you think I am???)

. . . and I know how to use these big watery brown eyes of mine.  You should just admit defeat right now.  You have no power greater than the puppy dog eyes.

Basically, I’m just a fuzzy, fun-loving, casual creampuff.  You know you cant resist me!

And, I promise I can be your best friend . . .


Happy Puppy

So Whadya say?

Needs -n- Notes

Take me HOME, Please???


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halfshellvenus
Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:54 am (UTC)
Now, remember, this is MY Ball. They’re ALL mine. Even if they’re not mine, they’re still mine. If it’s shaped like a ball, rolls like a ball, then it’s MINE.

I loved the whole ADHD tone to this, and the utter fixation on The Ball. ANY ball.

Even as a cat person, I wholly believe in this dog. :D
karmasoup
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
Chloe was most definitely an ADHD kinda dog. I always imagined that BALL! to her would have the equivalent of Squirrel! to any other dog. She really was THAT obsessed. It was the funniest thing, how patient she could be, once she put a ball in your lap, sitting, waiting for you to throw it. Boxers, bless their hearts, may be among the cutest, sweetest pups around, but, poor things... they're just really not that bright.

But don't worry, I haven't stopped being a cat person!


(Also, btw, thanks for popping in on your week off!)

Edited at 2014-10-07 01:26 am (UTC)
jexia
Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
This is so sweet, I loved the tone.
karmasoup
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! She was a great dog, we found her a good home. She seemed pretty well adjusted to her new life before we even got out the door.

Edited at 2014-10-03 06:05 am (UTC)
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kehlen_crow
Oct. 3rd, 2014 09:07 am (UTC)
This is awesome. I recognize my Hera here a lot. (And yes, Chloe needs to put one more weight, that was the first thing I thought when seeing the first picture.)

The doggy voice is spot on :D
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
The picture is not actually Chloe. It's just a picture of a boxer I found online playing with a ball, who also happens to be very skinny. Chloe was actually an all-white boxer, though she had just a few small spots of gray on her back, near her haunches. Boxers, of course, do tend to run fairly thin, anyway, but when we got Chloe, she was a touch malnourished. I'm glad you liked the voice... I wouldn't try to suggest there should be one voice for every dog, but I got to know Chloe well enough to feel I could effectively speak for her. Glad you liked it!
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mallorys_camera
Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
I am a sucker for all animals and animals who don't have humans to love them always make me cry so I loved this!!!!!!!
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you loved it. I do hope, though, that Chloe's story didn't make you cry... she does have a happy home now with a family that loves her as much as she loves everyone.

Edited at 2014-10-04 01:37 am (UTC)
mamas_minion
Oct. 4th, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
This is great being a dog lover I enjoy this story. I like how you sprinkle in facts about boxers here and there in the story. I have to go hug my dog now.
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
Aw! That's so sweet! Give him a big hug for me, too. ;)

Edited at 2014-10-04 03:54 am (UTC)
medleymisty
Oct. 4th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for fostering! And this was lovely and sweet.
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
bleodswean
Oct. 4th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - straight from the boxer's mouth!
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
It was a silly idea, and a fun piece to write, glad you saw the humor in it! ;)
shimmerdream
Oct. 4th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
Aww, this was so sweet. And I was really pleased to learn that Chloe went to a good home.
karmasoup
Oct. 4th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And, yes, she did, but, this way, I get to sort of memorialize her on some small level. She really was something special.
beeker121
Oct. 5th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
This is fun, I'm especially amused by licking being on her 'likes' list three times. That seems to be shared by most boxers I've met.

karmasoup
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
She was so obsessed that the only way to stop her was to grab her tongue (which was pretty easy to do... it didn't fit into her mouth when she wasn't using it, so when she was mopping it all over you, it was kinda hard to miss. That would work for a brief while, until she forgot, and started up again. Luckily, she could also be easily distracted with a ball, so I'd just keep one handy and throw it whenever she became too much of a nuisance. (It's hard to work when you're hands are constantly being disturbed!) Boxers, bless their hearts... SOOOOO sweet... NOT that bright. But, oh, that silly little gal was special.
roina_arwen
Oct. 5th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
You certainly did a good job of getting into Chloe's head. :)
karmasoup
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think we had her that long, but she was a pretty bright spot in my fostering days. She was a loveable bundle of goofy, brainless energy that completely altered the dynamic of the entire household. It was pretty easy to get into her head... there wasn't much there! It was all licking, pawing, water, running, and ball, BALL, BALL, BALL, BALL!
jem0000000
Oct. 5th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
Awww. :)
karmasoup
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
:)
livejournal
Oct. 5th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
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tatdatcm
Oct. 5th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Love the energetic, rambling, ADHD feel of this piece. It really shows off Chloe's personality.

If every homeless dog had a bio written this way, I don't think there'd be any homeless dogs. :)
karmasoup
Oct. 5th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's sweet to of you to say, and thanks! I certainly did my best while I was fostering... I created little "brochures" with these "tags" on them, and cute related clip art pictures. It usually wasn't too much trouble getting them to the right family. It's amazing what a difference good marketing will make! And glad you liked the piece... Chloe was a fun, special gal. ;)
kajel
Oct. 5th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
This was a lot of fun! Great job.
karmasoup
Oct. 6th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed it.

Edited at 2014-10-06 03:05 am (UTC)
penpusher
Oct. 6th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
I'm sure every dog could use an advocate/advertisement like Chloe's! In fact, that would be a very popular youtube channel! People would tune in just to see the puppies and hear who is doing the voiceovers. Danny DeVito one week, Sally Kellerman the next. It would be a sensation, and probably get a lot of those pets adopted fast!

Brilliant!
karmasoup
Oct. 6th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
That's actually really not a bad idea. We've already got Sarah Maclachlan and Ve Neill and plenty of other celebs advocating for animal rights... why not have some sort of cooperative collective? Totally dig it! I always went to a bit of trouble to make sure that the animals I was fostering had the best chance, and as a result, used whatever marketing tools were at my disposal. Glad you enjoyed this!
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