The Loyal Animal Companion Interview

Am I the only one who thinks dogs in adventure stories act… well… unrealistic?

Well, this a story based on that.

Plus, more road-trip writing. Gotta love that.

The main POV character is, of course, the goofy, family dog, Bullwinkle. ❤

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So, enjoy the story!

 

The Loyal Animal Companion Interview

“Ah, Rover, I see you’ve brought a friend. Is this the new recruit?” The German Shepherd stepped out from behind the counter, barely making any noise with his nails on the tile floor. His ears were upright and alert as he made a circle around me.

 

I tucked my tail and put my head down.

 

Next to me, Rover wagged his tail. “Yes, sir.”

 

The German Shepherd looked over at him disapprovingly. “Keep your tail still, boy. Be sparing with the wags. We can’t go looking like Golden Retrievers now, can we?”

 

“No, Sarge.” Rover folded his ears back against his head and looked down. “I’ll work on it.”

 

Sarge turned back to me and tipped his head, “What’s your name, boy?”

 

“Bullwinkle,” I perked my ears and looked up at him.

 

He looked at Rover and nodded, then turned back to me, “Sounds like a good candidate . . .” A look of disapproval crossed his face, “Keep that tail still! Good gracious . . .”

 

I didn’t even notice I’d started wagging it.

 

Sarge lifted his nose and looked down at me, “So what makes you think you can be a LAC?”

 

I blinked at him. LAC?

 

“Loyal Animal Companion,” whispered Rover. He was silenced by a short growl from Sarge, who didn’t take his eyes off me.

 

“Well . . .” I wiggled the end of my tail, “I’ve been a family dog since I was a pup and I’m pretty loyal . . . and I like people.” I realized my tail had started to wag a little more and stopped it.

 

Sarge squinted at me for another second and then jerked his head back towards the door into the main training room, “Come with me.”

 

I perked up and followed him, my toenails clicking about five times as loud as his. We walked into the room and I turned just in time to see an approving wag from Rover before Sarge nosed the door shut.

 

I sat and looked at the bowl of treats in the corner of the room. Was that for successful applicants only or could I take one?

 

“Pull your tongue in, boy.” Sarge sounded annoyed.

 

I closed my mouth and looked back at him. He sat in front of me, ramrod straight and nose high.

 

I sat on my tail to make sure it wouldn’t wag.

 

“So what breed are you?”

 

“I’m part Labrador Retriever, part Irish Wolfhound.”

 

I saw his eyes flick up to the little brown marks above my eyes.

 

“ . . .and I might have a bit of German Shepherd.” I amended.

 

For the first time, I saw a slight hint of approval on his face, but he quickly banished it. “So, for the test, I’m going to give you some hypothetical situations. Your answers will be how you respond.”

 

“Okay.” I perked my ears and sat forward.

 

“Your master is captured by an evil mastermind and brought into his fortress, which is bolted shut from the inside. What do you do?” Sarge watched me, his amber eyes expectant.

 

“Um . . .” I stopped and bit at a flea before answering, “Scratch at the door and whine to be let in?”

 

Sarge sighed and rolled his eyes, “They ignore you, with threats to use their bang-sticks on you. What do you do?”

 

I was quiet for a moment, “Run away and mope?”

 

Sarge said nothing and just looked at me. My tail twitched under my leg.

 

Sarge stood, “The ideal answer would have been to sneak past the guards as they opened the door to change the watch, then find your way to your master, filch the keys and free them.”

 

“Oh.”

 

He paced around a bit before sitting back down. “Let’s try that again. Your master is tied up or incapacitated in some way and desperately needs an unspecified, important object lying near you.”

 

I shook my ears out a little and looked down at my paws, “I’d probably taste for a little bit and then set it on his foot.”

 

Sarge’s lip twitched, showing his clenched teeth. “LACs do not ‘taste’ important objects.”

 

“Oh.”

 

“You should have picked it up and put it in his hand right away.” He looked like he was getting rather frustrated, “You are separated from your master forcefully and put in a cage under the watch of an enemy guard. What do you do?”

 

“Hide my face in my paws and mope.” That sort of slipped out. Something told me it wasn’t the right answer.

 

Sarge growled, “Under no circumstances are you ever to ‘mope’ as an LAC.” He muttered something about Irish Wolfhounds under his breath. Closing his eyes for a second, he whispered about there only being a few more questions, then looked back up at me.

 

“Your master has a small child he has to look after and protect. What do you do to assist?” His voice was quiet now. Was that good?

 

“Jump up on her and lick her to show my enthusiasm.”

 

He moved right on to the next question, so I must have gotten it right.

 

“Your master is hurt and needs help, but is unable to go and get it for himself. He gives you a piece of paper. What do you do?”

 

“Eat it.”

 

Sarge gritted his teeth, “Assuming the piece of paper is important.”

 

“Oh. Bury it.”

 

I couldn’t decide if the sound that Sarge made was a growl or a whimper.

 

“Then lick his wounds?” I added hopefully.

 

Sarge flattened his ears and walked away from me, clicking his toenails quite loudly now.

 

I glanced back over at the bowl of treats in the corner. “Did I pass?”

 

He let out his breath slowly, then gave a bark, “Rover! Come, boy!”

 

Rover came skittering in, “Yes, Sarge?” He looked over at me and wagged his tail, “How’d he do?”

 

Sarge looked over at me and frowned, “Sign him up for the ‘goofy family pet’ training. He’s quite qualified for it.”

 

I realized my tail was wagging again.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Do you have a dog? Think they would pass the test? 😉

Please comment!

~writefury

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27 responses to “The Loyal Animal Companion Interview

  1. I don’t have a dog (sadly), but I still enjoyed the story! It is a little unrealistic for dogs to always be as smart or smarter than some rescue teams. 🙂

  2. Hilarious! I loved it! And yes, dogs in movies can be a little irritating at how much smarter they are than their owners. The TV show White Fang (I think that’s right, though it had nothing to do with the real story), for example. I only saw a little bit but there’s this one scene where the MC is captured and the dog keeps doing things to help him but the MC doesn’t get it. It was a bit funny just because it was so ridiculous.

  3. What about tin dogs? 😛
    or have you not gotten that far yet… Sorry… I think I may have visited next week by accident and just got back this morning. Oops.

    • I haven’t gotten that far yet. 😛 But I know what you’re talking about, since the littles found instructions and built a Lego one. XD
      That’s always annoying. 😛

      • X-D Just wait until you get to that part! X-D
        I should warn you, David Tennant’s Doctor Who takes a bit of a dark turn that catches a lot of people unawares since he’s such an upbeat, supposedly child-friendly incarnation of the Doctor. He’s really a bit of a hypocrite, but we love him anyway… It really starts to happen in Season 3 when Martha is introduced.
        IKR?! I’ll need to be careful not to cross my own timeline!

  4. I have a yorkie who is the only dog in my house to bark at intruders. She also brings me items I’ve lost and she obeys all her commands as well as learn really fast. (No more chewing socks or eating on the beds) She also doesn’t run away when you let her off her leash.
    On the other hand she is very small, starts to shake and quiver when she is really excited or we take her with us on trips. She doesn’t come when called and when I’m upset she doesn’t feel like licking away my tears or anything cliché like that. She refuses to sleep on my feet when they are cold except when I want to get out of bed.

    I think if she tried she could pass the test but truth be told she probably wouldn’t really bother and opt for a nap instead.

    • Yes, what is it with the whole “dogs sleeping on feet” thing? They prefer laps. Feet are big lumps underneath them. XD
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. Ha. My dog would not pass the test. She’d be signed up for ‘skittish, not so smart, with a hint of cat family dog’ training. I don’t think she’d EVER do any of those questions right.

  6. My family has a black lab who is literally the best dog you could ask for in the way of little kids and people in general. We got him a couple months before our youngest was born, and she used to crawl all over him. HOWEVER, you kinda have to hold food in front of him to get him to sit, and he really never learned how to obey the “lay down” command. He will sit on the rug and watch you eat when you sit at the kitchen table but if you eat anywhere else he begs. He gets in the way whenever you’re carrying something heavy and jumps on cars when they come in the driveway. He also has some mild separation anxiety and will bark at the door after about two or three minutes of being outside, if someone is outside with him, on the other hand he will stay outside as long as you are out there. He used to sleep on my bed and then we both grew up and now he insists on sleeping somewhere in my room (he also follows me and my younger brother around a lot) All in all we love him to death and couldn’t possibly imagine life without him. Probably wouldn’t pass the test though.

  7. hahaha–this is hilarious 😀 Do cats or horses go through a similar interview process? 😉

    Overall this is really clever though, and I could imagine it easily expanded into a short children’s book!

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