Fake Dog Staring Contest – Conversations with Stella


I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human, that fake dog that Tall Man gave you is staring at me. Make him stop.

Me:  Stella, you know that the fake dog is not a real animal. I let you sniff it and you seemed satisfied.


Stella:  Why do you need a fake dog when you have me?

Me:  The fake dog is a stuffed toy given as a token love gift. It is not a substitute for you. You are real. You are alive.

Stella:  He is staring at me. How dare he?

Me:  IT is just sitting where I placed IT. Do you want me to turn IT around so IT is not “looking” in your direction?

Stella:  No. If you do, he might get mad. Better that he and I meet eye-to-eye, predator to predator. What is that in his mouth? A bone? Is he taunting me?

Me:  He…It is not real. I’ll admit that it’s soft. It’s cute. It smells good. It was a gift from someone I love.

Stella:  So, you like him more than me?

Me:  When I pet you, you are soft. When I look at your face, you are cute. When I smell your scent, you smell…okay. And I believe with all my heart that you were a gift from God.

Stella:  You hear that, Fake Dog! So there! In your face! Wait! Is he angry?

Me:  Tell you what. Let me tuck it right back here on my headboard where I can see it, and you can’t. Better?

Stella:  Better. Not perfect. I know you’re there, Fake Dog! Don’t try anything!




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