Dog Owner – Friday Fictioneer

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by my second-favourite Fictioneer, me.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Dog Owner

I like dogs.
Hate dog owners.
I’m in this secluded spot, minding my own business.
A cute wee beagle appears, tail a-wagging.
I hear a woman’s voice, a plaintive wail.
Lulu! Lulu!
I curse.
Go, I say to the dog, shoo!
The tail wags.
Inevitably the owner appears.
She shrieks at the scene.
I have no choice.
I strangle her, drop her into the hole beside Mr Johnson, whom I have been well paid to dispose of.
Sadly Lulu has to go in too.
Can’t have her sniffing around, can I?
Shame, because I like dogs.
Hate dog owners.

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73 Responses to Dog Owner – Friday Fictioneer

  1. Sunra Rainz says:

    How darkly amusing! 😄

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  2. ahtdoucette says:

    I’m starting to feel like you have a few too many “how to dispose of the body” stories to tell. Plus, this one involves a dog, and like John Wick, I find that to be crossing the line! 😉 Thanks for yet another suspiciously fun story!

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    • ceayr says:

      You know what they say, Anne, stick to what you know!
      I am sadly unacquainted with Mr Wick, but I am amused that so many readers care not a hoot about 2 people, but are upset about a dumb mutt!

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      • ahtdoucette says:

        John Wick is a movie about a retired assassin who comes out of retirement when some guys kill his dog. He kills a LOT of people. You probably wouldn’t like it, because it’s not very realistic. Like a real doctor watching one of those medical shows, I imagine.

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  3. Another good reason to keep your dog on a leash. Lesson learned. And a lovely image to write by this week CE. Thank you.

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  4. pennygadd51 says:

    In one way your assassin was more socially responsible than some dog owners – he was clearing up his business, and not just leaving it lying around. Well written as always. BTW it’s a great prompt. It seems to have suggested a variety of moods and stories.

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    • ceayr says:

      Laughing at the idea of a socially responsible murderer and pooch butcher.
      As for the prompt photo, Penny, thank you, but credit goes to our hostess who selects from many.

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  5. athling2001 says:

    Great one! Never expected that.

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  6. liz young says:

    Nice one – so laconic!

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  7. subroto says:

    It’s not a beach, its his composting bin. He should start planting….

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  8. Tessa says:

    Great twist. Love the story!

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    Yep, dog owners can be a pain in the… neck.

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  10. plaridel says:

    poor lady, i guess she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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  11. You can’t take the good with the bad, can you? The repetitive ending was spot on, Ceayr! An congrats on the lovely prompt!
    Check mine https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/11/neelwrites-flash-ff-fiction-100words-11-03-21/

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  12. James McEwan says:

    iI only that hole was bigger, I know a few irresponsible dog owners. You can always tell the ones who don’t clean up after their pouchy pet. They never speak or else say hello they just rush off.
    Loved the ending to this.

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  13. draliman says:

    Collateral damage, a shame but sometimes inevitable.

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  14. LOLOLOL I’m so glad I had put my cup of tea down before I started your audio.
    You high pitched voice as you said, “Lulu Lulu” had me laughing. I don’t know if that was
    your intention but it worked.
    I’m with you on some dog owners of those little yappy poo-poo froo-froo dogs.They’re annoying.
    Nicely penned … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎

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  15. Reading this was just lovely 🙂

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  16. Dora says:

    If only dog owners could be more like their dogs, it wouldn’t have come to this!

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  17. Nice twist. Glad you the word restraints didn’t allow me to grow fonder of Lu Lu…I agree about those owners. lol

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  18. Wow, he certainly does hate dog owners. This went south quite quickly. I loved it!

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  19. granonine says:

    You took us to the dark very quickly. I love the repetition at the end, a great literary device. I wonder how deep that hole is.

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  20. trentpmcd says:

    Poor Lulu! I mean, it was looking like a happy ending, and then…

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  21. GHLearner says:

    Yikes! Remind me to never walk my dog anywhere in your vicinity… Seriously though, I love it. Great voice, logical, rational, icy. Poor Lulu though…

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  22. Iain Kelly says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with the first two lines. As for the rest, well, you gotta do what ya gotta do.

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  23. Any chance of popping Mr Starmer in there too?

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  24. elmowrites says:

    Poor dog! There’s a lovely symmetry to this story, CE. And I’m not a fan of wailing dog owners either. Thank you for getting rid of one!

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  25. msjadeli says:

    At least your story is about an egalitarian killer: men, women, and dogs. The sea will uncover them all soon enough.

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  26. jenne49 says:

    If only it were as easy to get rid of Mr Johnson in reality…
    It’s a great story by a master of understatement and logic.
    And I love the plaintive wail in the recording. ‘Lulu! Lulu!’ Perfection!

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  27. Dale says:

    We both had dogs. We both had “accidents”… no death in mine, though.

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  28. Corine Gouy says:

    Ha non ! Pas le chien .

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  29. Dear CE,

    And the body count goes up by two. I’ll admit I laughed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  30. Anita says:

    So much can happen at the beach!
    Poor Lulu. She knows too much. Both she & her owner had to go.
    A CCTV might be recording all this, what do you say?

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  31. Michael Humphris says:

    Clearing up is never easy, but did you have to include Lulu,

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  32. neilmacdon says:

    Even in a job you love, there’s going to be some bad stuff

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