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Fresh air invites, calling me out, offering sublime rewards, unfolding panorama’s await. Will I push the nights sleep away. My trainers wait ready. The sounds of the day drift over me, but I turn away. From a ribbed sky layered with grey, speaking of autumn.

They may be old, they have climb hills, protected me from cow pats. I see them and feel guilty.

Perhaps just a few more minutes, for my duvet offers warmth.

A wet nose prods me, nudging, coaxing, it’s time to rise, the day awaits. My four legged friend sits watching, my trainers at his feet.

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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Clever dog – up you get!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Robbie likes that you thing that he is a clever dog.

      1. Alicia Jamtaas

        Robbie is cute as heck! He looks bright-eyed and full of mischief – just the way a dog ought to be.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Robbie is impressed, says that you read him just right, Alicia

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Cute story. I suspect this is based on fact?



    1. Michael Humphris

      Spot on Rochelle. I did start off writing a experiment piece of fiction. Using the word – we – [contained at the start of groups of three words] what arrived was not quite right, so shelved it for the moment.

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    If nothing else help to get you moving… a dog helps

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly does – at one piont he was one of my saviours when I was rather unwell.

  4. Sandra

    Dogs – the best (and sloppiest) alarm clocks in the world. Lovely.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are so right Sandra.

  5. FabricatingFiction

    I love this!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I did start off writing a experiment piece of fiction. Using the word – we – [contained at the start of groups of three words] what arrived was not quite right, so shelved it… Now I am pleased that Robbie got a chance to appear in a story, he is a rather soft collie.

      1. FabricatingFiction

        He is gorgeous.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you

  6. Kelvin M. Knight's blog

    Man’s best friend – and a woman’s! A dogs nose knows! Sublime little tale.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Liking your comment, thank you Kelvin

  7. draliman

    I’d probably need some incentive to get out of bed too 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you draliman. Some mornings it is a good job that I have Robbie,

  8. Dale

    Sweet! Might be all about him but it does get you moving!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Robbie like many of his fellows is special, he nearly always enjoys a walk. Thank you Dale.

      1. Dale
  9. Alicia Jamtaas

    Fun! I’ve never owned a dog but my sisters do. When I visit, it’s “walkies” rain or shine. I love all of them, human and dogs, for that. Nicely told.

  10. ellenbest24

    As a dog would. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Ellen

  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    This made me laugh. It’s amazing how our four legged friends take over our lives.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly do, but they give so much in return. So glad you laughed, laughter is good.

  12. Keith's Ramblings

    I can’t imagine a cat doing that! Deightful.

    Click to read my FriFic!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I have a good friend who’s cat does the same but at 5am! At least Robbie waits till 10am to get me out of bed, I enjoyed your story about Hilda. Sadly I have many to whom I should apologise too

  13. Sarah Potter Writes

    What a lovely dog 🙂 My Labrador would never allow me a lie-in, and she’s so worth getting out of bed for. The thing about dogs is that they greet you each morning as if you’ve been gone for a year. They also have built in clocks. I love them, and wouldn’t be without them.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Initially for the picture used for the story – We – I wrote a piece featuring blocks of three words, each block starting with We… We being a pair in my mind. [we are old, we feel loved, etc etc etc]. It did not work to my satisfaction. But I was so pleased that the picture encouraged me to try being creative.

      As for Robbie he has adjusted to my time clock, up to very late, but also getting up really late. What throws him is when I reverse my routine. Poor old Robbie he is so good about it.

  14. Jelli

    Wonderful story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Jelli

  15. Sascha Darlington

    And sometimes you just feel the eyes on you. Loved this, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      For Robbie that is so true when food is about.

  16. magarisa

    A four-legged personal trainer! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I thank heavens that he is. Thank you magarisa

      1. magarisa

        You’re welcome, Michael.

      2. magarisa

        You’re most welcome.

  17. granonine

    Dogs are wonderful 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly are.

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