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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: Foxy Roxy
By LauraLee Shaw


My face was splotchy and flushed. I can’t believe I’m so nervous. This is ridiculous.

Ryan and I had been dating for almost a month, and I really, really liked him. We were getting close pretty fast, and I didn’t want to blow it now. He was my dream husband.

“Roxy’s my closest friend. We’ve been through thick and thin together,” he had told me on our last date. “I think it’s time for you to meet her.” So here I was, standing in the parking lot of my apartment building, nervous—about meeting a dog.

I had seen pictures of her, and I could not believe how beautiful she looked—big, but beautiful. She was a Doberman/Husky mix with thick black fur. The tan patches with dots of white outlining her eyes and paws made my heart melt already, but would she like me in return? I need to make a good first impression.

Wringing my sticky hands, I wished they’d hurry so that my already frizzed hair could have a break from the humidity. I expected to see Ryan’s gorgeous 1978 Camaro coming toward me any moment, eighties music booming—probably with Roxy’s head sticking through the T-top opening.

Gravity grabbed my heart out of my chest as Ryan drove up on his Ninja motorcycle instead, Roxy riding confidently in front of him as a passenger. After the shock subsided, I couldn’t help feeling a little jealous of the matching leather motorcycle jackets they were sporting. And Roxy looked like a movie star in her jeweled motorcycle goggles—Foxy Roxy.

How’s a girl gonna compete with this? I couldn’t let my insecurities show. I had to prove to Ryan that I could win the affections of his dog—and I had to prove it fast. Otherwise, “Bye, bye, dream husband.”

What a difference six months would make. The relationship between Roxy and I shifted from me making an impression on her, to her keeping her rightful place in Ryan’s eyes. I took her spot in the front seat of the Camaro, as well as on the back seat of the motorcycle. Poor Roxy.

I reminded her of her significance to Ryan time and again as she would push her pretty, pointy nose between the two of us while walking arm-in-arm through the park. “Now remember, Roxy, that I do not have a matching motorcycle jacket, okay? You’re still Ryan’s favorite riding partner.”

Well, it was move-in time after the wedding, and Roxy had one more major sacrifice to make: her regular sleeping site, which would be right where my pillow would go. I couldn’t bring myself to make her move to the floor, so the foot of the bed would have to do. “After all,” I tried to convince Ryan, “I wouldn’t even let our own child sleep between us.”

And that’s what she was like—our child. Bicycle rides, errands, picnics, and even family vacations—she was a part of everything we did. Everywhere we went, friends and strangers alike would comment on how human she seemed to be.

“Roxy, you want some food?” She’d answer with a happy howl. After eating, she’d come up to us, lick her lips and then rub against our legs, just to say thank you for feeding her.

“Whatcha think, Roxy?” Ryan would ask. “Should we go to the park?” Her tail would thump the floor while she let out a friendly “Woof”!

She’d watch movies with us in bed, and even wormed her way in between us while watching them. Like I said—almost human.

It’s amazing how far Roxy and I had come in just five years. Yup—now she’s our dog—not just Ryan’s. We even have our own special girl bond, and we use it to our advantage quite regularly.

That’s probably why I’m as nervous right now as I was the first time I met her. I’m pacing back and forth as I anxiously await Ryan and Roxy’s arrival from a motorcycle ride. When that foxy dog, dressed in leather and shades, comes through that door, she’ll be happy to see me. She’ll jump up on me and give my face a thirsty slurp as I kneel down to hug her fondly.

I just don’t know how to tell her—or Ryan for that matter—that in about eight months, another family member will be competing for attention in our home. The question is, will Roxy have to learn to share us, or will we have to learn to share Roxy?

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Joanne Sher 05/22/08
Now that's a MIGHTY good question :)Enjoyed watching the maturation of this relationship through their interactions with Roxy (who had her own personality that I LOVED). Creative for sure! Enjoyed this.
Lynda Lee Schab 05/23/08
Great voice! And wonderful visual descriptions. I could totally picture Foxy Roxy - LOL. Loved the ending, too. Nice job!
Laury Hubrich 05/24/08
Really liked this and loved your ending:)
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/25/08
I enjoyed meeting Foxy Roxy and seeing how the MC built a relationship with her. The conclusion was well done, also.
Gregory Kane05/26/08
I seriously got the wrong end of the story at first. I thought that the narrator was a bitch out to make a good impression on the human’s dog! But once I got myself disentangled and rewound back to the start, it all made a lot more sense. All in all, an interesting study in jealousy and accommodation.
Yvonne Blake 05/26/08
(smile) I liked the description of the emotional tension at the beginning..and the end, as you tied it up neatly.
Well done.
Betty Castleberry05/26/08
I love Roxy! This was well written, and very entertaining, too. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 05/27/08
I love this, as we have an almost identical story in our family--my son-in-law's dog has become my daughter's dog. I can only hope that we'll have the same ending...soon!
Kristen Hester05/27/08
I love this story and watching the evolution of the relationships: Man and Woman AND Woman and Dog. So cute. I could just picture Foxy Roxy on the back of the motorcycle. So much fun. I love the ending and I'm so glad the dog accepted the MC and they bonded! Wonderful.
Dee Yoder 05/27/08
I enjoyed reading about the evolution of the MCs relationship with Rocky. The descriptions of Roxy's riding gear cracked me up-what a mental word picture!
Debbie Wistrom05/27/08
Loved Roxy! Could see her on the bike. This was fun.
Sara Harricharan 05/28/08
Oooh, I like Roxy! She was so sweet! The ending was simply great though, I can just see that puzzle. Having to share Roxy sounds more like the answer though! ^_^
Joshua Janoski05/28/08
I could picture Roxy in her jacket and goggles riding on the front of the motorcycle. I think that was my favorite part. Fun story! It was a blast reading it! :)
Sheri Gordon05/28/08
I love this. The voice, and story, are so entertaining. You made all of the characters--dog included--come alive. Nice job with the topic.
Mariane Holbrook 05/28/08
Oh I love this dog! And as usual, you do a first class job writing about her. What a great story for someone like me who absolutely loves dogs of any stripe! Kudos, sweetie!
LaNaye Perkins05/28/08
I loved everything about this story. Great writing my FaithWriter friend.
Lyn Churchyard05/29/08
Great story, great dog. I'm so glad the girls hit it off, that certainly averted disaster. I loved Roxy's cool outfit. Well done Laura, well done.

Betsy Markman05/29/08
Great job! I would love to be able to picture a doberman/husky mix...too bad you couldn't include a photo! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the surprise ending, and I hope that in the sequel the MC will get a riding jacket!
Joshua Janoski05/29/08
Congratulations on taking 14th place in your level with this piece, Laura!
Joshua Janoski05/29/08
And you placed 22nd overall. Awesome!
Helen Dowd05/30/08
A great description of the progression of devotion - both of man and dog...Dogs, most of them, are like that. They know how best to worm their way in to a person's heart. This was a great story about Foxy Roxy. Good thing he was Foxy, or he could have ruined the wonderful relationship you had. Instead, he strengthened it. And I have NO doubt that he will welcome the new arrival and be his/her protector, too...Well done!...Helen
Tim Pickl07/26/08
Awwwwwww....LOVE the ending. Images of Ryan and Roxy in matching leather is hilarious!