Claude – A Life in Four Parts

Hi, I’m Claude. I’m a raisin, a sweet little pug, wrinkled and adorable. I have so much love in my heart it shines through my eyes.  caudeIt’s in my tongue when I give your hand a friendly lick. It’s in the way I wriggle my tail. It’s in my three legs when I leap to meet you.

Oh . . .

Did I put you off? Was it the three legs? Don’t worry. It does that to lots of people. Don’t feel bad. I don’t.

I am so happy now, and safe. I have an angel to protect me – and let me tell you this little secret: he had one to protect him, too.

You’ve heard of Clarence, haven’t you? If you haven’t let me tell you, Henry  Travers did him a great justice. Well, I’m Claude. And Clarence? What a guy. He and I go way back. He’s sort of the reason I’m here.

I was born in a litter of five pups and, despite what you may think, I  was not the runt. Oh no. I was Mammy’s pride and joy. I was alpha, her  first-born, her biggest and best boy.

I had the love and  companionship of my brothers and sisters – 2 other boys and 2 girls. I  had my mother and I had our humans. It was a good world.

It didn’t last. One of our humans – Victoria – got sick. She suffered. All of us  were sold to a pet shop – all of us but my mother. Saying goodbye was  hard. I still remember, and it still makes me sad.

But, I was the  eldest and to make Mama proud, I rallied the troops. I kept them happy  and content – the most we had to do was cavort for the shop’s visitors.  That was one of the things that all of us together could do very well.

But then, the Pet Shop owner – a little man with a squeaky voice and very  little hair on his head (I had the strangest compulsion to chase him  around the shop) – got it into his head that we weren’t doing our jobs!  Our jobs! Imagine that. Well, that’s when the real trouble started. He  threatened us. He threatened my brothers and sisters, and I couldn’t let that go.

To be continued . . .

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Read the original 24 Hours by Ionia and Green Embers.

About KM Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, KM Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist, a young adult historical fantasy is available now on Amazon and Barns and Noble. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

26 comments on “Claude – A Life in Four Parts

  1. Reblogged this on The D/A Dialogues and commented:

    A: Alright, D – I’m just warning you now, this is in no way related to you. You’re not in the story, so you can stop berating me now, ‘kay?
    D: What do you mean, A?
    A: It’s about Claude the dog. He was a character in 24 Hours, a lovely little story written in turn by Ionia and Green Embers. I loved the dog so much, and bugged everyone about his origins that it was suggested that perhaps I should write it! And very happily, I did.
    D: HA! That’s the way, folks! I have to wonder, however, why you are warning me. Is there some sort of problem with me not being in the story?
    A: Wha—Because!
    D: . . .
    A: Because you always demand to know whether you’re in something? Because you always insist on. . .
    D: A, A, A. You underestimate me.
    A: . . .
    D: I’m shocked and more than a little sad.
    A: You are impossible.
    D: I know.
    The Druid Tells the Tale:
    D: Go check out the Community Storyboard folks. Also, Ionia has some great advice on writing, life, the Universe and everything on Charles’ blog, and The MisAdventures of Vanilla just got even more interesting!!

  2. So cool. Can’t wait to read more about Claude. 🙂

  3. Nice Job Katie. “Here Claude. Here Boy. Good dog.”

  4. I used t think of him as just a raisin, but now he is the prune of my destiny. (You did a wonderful job)

  5. I love pugs! They are the best. My Captain can do no wrong. Can’t wait to see what more mischief you have in store 🙂

  6. Well, I be hooked! Can’t wait for the next installment 🙂

  7. Loved it! Claude’s a superstar now! 😀

  8. Oh my gosh, I love that Claude has a story! He’s really the best. I love him.

  9. I wonder what’s next in Claude’s story?

  10. I wonder what’s next in Claude’s story?

  11. […] Claude, a life in four parts: Part 1  […]

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