Family Non-Fiction posted August 12, 2022

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A glorious day

A Fun Trip with Sugar

by Shirley McLain

My Sugar, along with my children, rank right at the top of my heart. She was a four-pound teacup white poodle who thought she was Queen Sugar. As far as anyone in my family, that is precisely what she was, the ruler of every household she entered. That included my parent's home. My dad said, "I won't have no damn dog in my house." Boy, did he eat his words, but that's another story.

I moved to Wyoming to take a job in Labor and Delivery at Rawlins Memorial. It was a small hospital, but stayed busy because no other hospital was close.

Sugar and I were constant companions except when I worked, and then she manipulated my daughter to get whatever she wanted. I'm not exaggerating one iota.

She loved to ride in the car and jumped into her place in my lap anytime we went anywhere. Sometimes she would sit up and place her paws on the wheel as if she were the one driving. I called those times her "driving trips."
I decided to drive to the mountains just west of Sarasota. They were about thirty miles away.

Sugar and I got up early, and I packed us a picnic lunch. We loaded up in my Datsun B210 pickup with a camper and headed out. As soon as I got out of town, Sugar decided she would drive. It was a hoot to watch her. I swear she didn't know she was a dog. If she tired of her pretend driving, she climbed up on my shoulder to sightsee.

The sky was blue with just a little breeze, instead of the straight wind we had so often. I took my time and noticed the antelope just off the highway. They and deer were everywhere.

I saw a glistening gold pond not far from the road. Curiosity got the best of me, and I had to see what was shining. When Sugar and I got to it, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was full of gold flakes. Sugar stepped into the shallows, and her paws came back covered in gold. Common sense told me it was fool's gold, but it was a spectacular sight.

I found the perfect spot for our picnic lunch when we got to the mountains. There was no one around. The only noise was a running brook nearby and the birds singing. Sugar chased squirrels up the trees and barked.
It was a fun day for Sugar and me. The scenery was beautiful, and I felt very close to God. A precious memory.

A Fun Trip writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a story about a fun trip you and your pet took--real or fiction OR a combo of both real & fiction. Word count 400-450 /Black font only /Keep it G rated suitable for children



Sugar left me many years ago, and I still think of her everyday. She is one who will meet me in heaven. She was a blessing and much loved.
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