My legs are tall. My tail is short.
I watch my mistress. Watch watch watch.
It is time to go stalk lions now. I stalk lions in tall grass at the beach. I never find them but I always look for them. I will catch one soon.
I wait. Wait wait wait. She cleans the kitchen after supper.
After dishes mistress calls me, “Mia Flower, Come.”
I always listen. Sometimes I play a game. Sometimes I do not come when she calls me.
I love her. She feeds me.
She walks with me at the beach. I love the beach. I love–
“Mia.” She calls again and I run to her. I love her.
It is walk time.
She scratches my ear. Right. There. Ahh.
She holds something in her hand for me to sniff. A tiny stick.
Sniff sniff sniff.
Too small for fetch. Each end of the stick has a fuzzy ball. I like balls.
Too small for catch.
Time for beach. Time for the huntress.
“QTip, Mia,” she says.
She cleans my ear. Not too deep. Gentle mistress never hurts ears. OOH, ball on stick in ear feels good.
I love her with my eyes.
It is time for walk now. I stare at my leash on a chair.
“See?” Mistress lets me sniff a shiny tube. She holds it tight. Brown goo comes from the tube. I sniff. Mmm. Peanut butter toothpaste.
“Toothbrush,” she says. She holds up a different stick. It is longer than a QTip. A brush at one end. I do not like the toothbrush.
Up and down and all around.
I do not like the brush thing. I love goo.
Mistress finishes brushing my teeth. I love the tube of goo with my eyes all the way to the drawer.
It is time for walk now. I go to the leash on the chair.
I point to the leash with my eyes. See? See? See?
She reaches. She holds a big bottle. I know the big bottle.
I do not love the big bottle with my eyes. It is squirty.
I run away.
To the window. Lions live out there. I must watch.
Mistress calls me. I do not look at her with my eyes.
Not time for walk. Four wrinkle day.
She comes to me. No.
“We must wash your ears,” she says.
I don’t think so. In my head I hunt lions in tall grass right now.
I do not like the bottle.
Mistress holds me close. I squirm. I cannot get away.
She will not hurt me. I hold still for her.
Mistress squeezes a squirt into my ear.
I do not like it. I shake my head.
Mistress rubs my ear with a towel. I love towels. OOH towels feel good. Ooh. Ooh. Ooh. Yes towels feel good.
She does not hurt me.
My ears are clean.
My teeth are clean. I like the goo.
Mistress holds my face in her hands. She loves me with her eyes.
“Good girl,” she says.
Mistress lets me go now.
I stay. Stay stay stay.
I stare at her. I sit tall.Tall tall tall.
She says, “Go for a walk?”
My tail is too short. It tries to shout.
“YES YES YES!”
My eyes ask, “Now?”
My eyes tell her I hunt lions.
Mistress laughs. “I will take you to hunt lions now.”
I stalk a lion at the beach. I never find one but I always look for him. I will catch him soon.
I will catch one soon.