by Jerry Guarino
Marley (the vegan dog) and
Boston (the labradoodle who was allergic to dog
dander) were watching their pups at the pond. It
was a summer romance, but now the work of
parenthood lay heavy on Marley. His eye was
wandering to other dogs, maybe one of his own
breed, a terrier. Dogs dont mate for life.
the pups precious?
Yes, dear. The best
of both of us.
My owners were
surprised when I gave birth. They are still
looking for the father.
Id rather you
kept that between us.
Are you ashamed of me,
of our summer romance?
No dear. I just think
in todays mores, to live and let live. Its
not like we share the same house.
This isnt the
summer of love. What about commitment? What about
We can still be
friends. Marley wandered away and Boston
You see, Marley was a brown
and black Yorkshire Terrier (15 pounds) and
Boston was a large white labradoodle (60 pounds).
So, Marleys desire to meet other dogs wasnt
racism, just practical romance. He still had warm
feelings for Boston, but wanted to be with
someone more like himself.
Thats when he met
Rachel, a pretty West Highland White Terrier.
Hi. Im Marley.
Im Rachel, nice
to meet you.
You have a lovely
coat, so fresh and clean.
Probably the diet of
chicken and fish my owner gives me.
Marley perked up. I
love chicken and fish, but my owners are vegans,
so I never get them.
I can share with you
if you like. Let me show you where my house is
and you can meet me there after dinner.
Marley thought to himself. This
may be the perfect girl. But how can I impress
her? Maybe I should introduce her to some of my
friends: Duck, Larry Bird and Jeri, the stoned
Marley and Rachel spent the
rest of the day together and for many days
afterward. True to her word, Rachel brought out
some chicken and fish to him after dinner,
providing the romantic background for some after-hours
cuddling. Fortunately, both of them had doggie
doors in their houses, so they could come and go
when they pleased. Not so for Boston, who had to
wait for her owners to walk her.
So, Marley and Rachel didnt
run into Boston, not even at the pond.
Rachels owners took
her out for a walk on a Sunday morning. Rachel
steered them over to Marleys house. He saw
them coming and barked his owner to take him out
too. Soon Marley and Rachel were walking side by
side as the owners chatted.
Your Yorkshire is so
pretty, said Rachels single mom.
And your Westie is
too, said Marleys dad, who was
clearly attracted to more than the dog.
Soon, these meetups became
more frequent and Rachels mom was
encouraging the flirting from Marleys dad.
Not surprisingly, Marleys
dad was invited over to Rachels for a drink
and before long they had started an affair.
Marley and Rachel found themselves together most
of the time.
After a month, Marleys mom was getting
You seem to be taking
a lot of walks with Marley, at all times of day
Well, it keeps him
Maybe I should be
walking him more often.
No, I dont mind.
This made her even more suspicious. So, she
attached a tiny camera on Marleys collar
and tracked it over the internet. Before long,
she had her proof. Her husband had been seeing
another woman, even using dog walking to cover up
their affair. She saved the video and contacted a
mom was getting tired of preparing vegan meals
for Marleys dad.
Why cant you
have normal food? I need more than vegetables to
survive. What about a pizza?
They make vegan
pizzas. Ill bring one over.
Needless to say, Rachels
mom did not like a vegan pizza and thus began the
end of the affair between them.
Marley and Rachel were
relegated to their secret rendezvous meetings.
But their romance continued for some time, even
though their time was restricted.
Meanwhile, Boston was
searching for another companion, but kept caring
for the mixed breed pups of terrier/doodle dogs.
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