Thursday, January 2, 2014

Six Sentences: Patsy

open hand
Patsy shivered in the new home, despite the heat and the friendliness of the other occupants and the happy sounds, despite the good food waiting for her, despite…everything.

She had never, in her whole life, been in a place where she was welcomed and where nothing was expected of her.

Someone approached her and Patsy reflexively ducked her head and curled up, waiting for the first strike and subsequent kick, over and over again.

Instead Patsy found a kind hand and quiet reassurances that she was home, that this was now her home: love, friendship, food, and a warm bed were hers if she wanted them.

If she wanted them?

Patsy licked the offered hand and gazed into the gentle eyes, with her tail wagging for the first time in a long time.

This is a post from 5 years ago, when I started to feel a sense of confidence as a writer.  


  1. By the third line, I guessed it was a dog or cat. Isn't that terrible how some people can be cruel to animals like that?

  2. How I wish Patsy's story was fiction, flash or otherwise.
    My sentimental eyes are a bit misty here.

  3. Some people need to be kicked for doing such a thing over and over

    1. Unfortunately, people are fined or perhaps given a slap on the wrist.

  4. That's glad Patsy found a loving home.

  5. This is wonderful, at first I thought Patsy was a human child.
    So sad when animals or children are mistreated to the point where that is what they expect from life.
    I'm glad Patsy has a loving home now.

  6. Hi Susan,

    Penny and myself are so happy that Patsy will now be able to show her non-judgemental, unconditional love to people who will love her back.

    Thank you for such a thoughtful tail, tale.



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