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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: A Domino - With No Dots
By Tessy Fuller


The sun was threatening to peek over the horizon as I laced up my tennis shoes. I slipped quietly through the back door, careful not to wake the little ones from their slumber. I began to stretch, coaxing my muscles to awaken. “1, 2, 3…” I counted as I felt a tingle of sensation run up my right leg signaling me that indeed my body was waking up. The morning was a little crisp, and as I left the deck the dew dampened grass attached itself to the sides of my shoe. I breathed in the quietness of the morning, but as I exhaled my mind triggered a reality that froze my stride. I was habitually heading to the concrete slab enclosed by a chain link fence that any other day would be housing my walking partner. Today the fence only held sadness. There was no black wagging tail strapped onto a flurry of bounding energy to greet me. There would be no one to accompany me on my walk this morning.

I turned and thought about retracing my steps, returning to the warm bed I had left. Any energy I had mustered had quickly evaporated as I thought of how much I missed our beloved lab, Domino. How could I even begin my walk without first feeling the paws of excitement pushing on my leg as a slobbery tongue lapped at my hand in a good morning greeting. Besides, there would be no one to run ahead of me nosing out critters that otherwise would jump out and startle me. It just didn’t seem right to go ahead with my walk without my beloved friend.

Domino had joined our family as a birthday present for our daughter’s first birthday. He was just a puppy then and I smiled as I recalled at how we had decided on a name. He quickly became our daughter’s favorite friend and they loved running around the yard chasing one another. During these chases, Domino would under estimate the power of his playful lunges toppling her over into a fit of giggles upon the grass. His little paws pushing against her balance always reminded me of watching a domino hitting the next domino until it crashed onto the table. Though he had no dots on his black fur, he was our Domino. Now our Domino was lost.

I decided to go ahead with my walk and to compensate my heavy heart I began to pray. Lord, I know Domino is “just a dog” but he is just so much part of our family. I am feeling so sad this morning not having him here with me. I know you care about each of our hurts and this morning my heart hurts because my loyal companion and friend is missing. Your forte is seeking out the lost, and you are a God who cares about the lone sheep that strays. So Lord, it may seem a bit silly that I am praying about my dog, but I really miss him. Could you please bring my lost Domino back home?” In the depths of faith it was quite shallow but it was a prayer full of hope.

A few weeks later Domino had not returned. My hope faded as each day passed. However, God expertise in bringing home the lost had not wavered. One evening as we pulled into the driveway, there he was sitting on the front porch, his tail wagging excitedly at the sight of our van. God had answered my prayer and our lost “sheep” had come home.

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Sara Harricharan 05/22/08
Oh, I'm so glad that Domino came back! I loved how you showed us a neat little slice of life by starting out with your morning run and then mentioning the memories and details that made Domino special. ^_^
Debbie Wistrom05/22/08
I love your prayer and am so happy He finally answered it. This is a special story. The way you explained about the domino effect without saying it is very well done.
Josiah Kane05/25/08
When I first read this story I thought that Domino was dead! You portrayed how much the MC missed him that I had tears in my eyes-even though I never felt I knew the dog itself.
Jan Ackerson 05/28/08
Great title, and a nice story. Thanks for sharing!
LaNaye Perkins05/29/08
I pray for my animals all the time. Once we had a boxer who came up missing and I prayed a prayer very simular to yours. It was answered too and we found our beloved boxer. Your story was a blessing to read, keep up the good work my friend.
Betsy Markman05/29/08
A domino with no dots...I figured it was going to be a defective Dalmatian! I like the real reason for the name much better.
Joshua Janoski05/29/08
Congratulations on placing 36th overall with this entry, Tessy!
Helen Dowd06/18/08
Oh I wish this story could have gone on further! It brought tears to my eyes, being a great pet lover. I know what it is like to lose a dog. I did once. And he never came back...Found out a couger got him...But I was so relieved that your Domino came back...Do make this a longer story now that the challenge for pets is over. ...I'd love to post it on my website...Helen