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Popcorn Bowl

I filled the dog’s water bowl with my popcorn.

She won’t drink water from anything but my popcorn bowl and I’ve grown weary of arguing in barks and growls.

The popcorn tastes of salt. I can’t be sure if it’s the spice of the bowl, the popcorn, or my tears.


Just a thought 72


Popcorn image courtesy of Max Pixel


Comments on: "Popcorn Bowl" (30)

  1. How old is your dog, Sharon?

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    • I bought a plastic bowl so when or neighbor’s dog visits, we can slake his thirst. I chose a pink bowl because I like pink but Nuka is, like all dogs, color blind. So the bowl pleases me and only the water pleases him.

      This flash is not a true story, however, but a character sketch. Just trying out the idea. Hoping if my life calms down to get a dog I’ll name Jupiter.

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      • Phew! I immediately leapt into problem-solving mode.

        We are getting our little dog tested for Addisons. Salt cravings is one of the symptoms. 🙂 It is more likely that our dog has irritable bowel, on top of the copper storage that has already been diagnosed.
        but we have to go through this stepped diagnosis process. Just when we thought, we had it sorted…. What a conversation starter your post has turned out to be. 🙂

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      • Oh, Tracy, I’m so sorry. What a miserable situation, that your dog has such a health problem. Since I’d never heard of Addison’s disease in dogs, I looked it up. Sounds utterly terrifying but the article said that it can be successfully treated and a dog can live a normal life. I hope this proves true for your dog. Must be scary to work through the diagnostic process, especially since she can only show you her discomfort but not talk to you.

        Please tell me your dog’s name and what kind of dog she – he is. Yeah, any mention of a dog and everyone wants to talk about theirs. Wishing you a healthy outcome.

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      • glad to hear this is just a character sketch – at first worried that we haven’t heard from you in a while due to sadness referred to in it. in that case, I love this post ❤

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      • You’re perceptive, Daal. Lots of stuff going on but please don’t worry. I’m working through everything. Thursday’s post ought to make you laugh if you read it.

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      • Will do. I often feel like my writing (including my talking) is really me talking to myself, writing & saying the sort of stuff I’d like to hear…

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      • You raise an interesting idea, Daal. I’ve read elsewhere that fiction and poetry are to a degree autobiographical and you can always detect a bit of the author someplace in the story. Same, as you note, as talking.

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  2. Even a fictional account can ring true as dogs can be quite quirky and intelligent. I read that dogs have the intelligence equivalent of that of a four-year-old child. A toddler forever!

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  3. Jenna Barwin said:

    Animals (including humans) can be stubborn! My rabbit decided that the corner by my father’s lounge chair was the perfect place for her litter box. We could not deter or retrain her. I can still hear him grumble about “that damn rabbit.”

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    • I’m giggling, Jenna. We’ve had lots of pet bunnies and they all had such great personalities. Some were stubborn. The two we had when we were kids dug an elaborate tunnel under the porch next to their bunny hutch. My dad kept shoring up the tunnels with rocks but they kept digging.

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  4. My dogs are finicky like that Sharon. I saw that this is fiction, but it’s plausible! Fun flash story. 🙂

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  5. hehe! Reminds me of my Phineas… best not to question and just enjoy the absurdity of it all! 😉 💕

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  6. A funny flash fiction story, Shari! I once tempted my aunt’s dog to follow me with salted peanuts since she didn’t want to have a bath but badly needed one after a rainy muddy day! 😄

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  7. Sorrow in this write, but I’m comforted. How encouraging. Thank you, Shari.


  8. Such great writing!


  9. We might be twins. I’m obsessed with popcorn and my dog’s bowl gets the overflow. ❤️


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