Thursday, January 4, 2018

Why We Don't Have a Dog (Six Sentence Story)

He wasn't really sure where to start, so he just picked a spot and tore in. 

This is interesting, he thought, as he dug out the contents and began working things open to play with whatever was inside.

Oh, there's more over here! he said to himself, then added, and it tastes pretty good, too.

By the time the people got home, it was all over but the clean-up.

The paper bags were torn, the piano book had little left to it, the purse was missing half of its lining, and he'd eaten my only lipstick.

We've cleaned him up as best we could, but our guest dog, Tombstone, still looks like he's wearing blush.

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Start.

Today is:

American Historical Association Annual Meeting -- Washington, D.C., US (132nd annual, with over 300 sessions covering a wide range of scholarly topics; this year's theme "Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Global Perspective" and is through the 7th)

Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression -- Angola

Day To Mourn Racism -- anniversary of the day ethnic discrimination was outlawed worldwide in 1969

Dimpled Chad Day -- if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st US-born Saint; Patron of Apostleship of the Sea, people ridiculed for their piety, widows; Shreveport, LA; against in-law problems, the death of children, the death of parents)

Festival of Fufluns -- Etruscan (god of wine, also of spring and rebirth; date approximate)

Get Out Your Boxer Shorts Day -- internet generated, and why, i do not know

Harbin Ice Festival -- Harbin, China (with a theme of "Harbin Glory, Ice Snow in Northern China," a festival of illuminated ice sculptures, ice sports, and fun through Chinese New Year and beyond)

Independence Day -- Myanmar(1948)

Martyrs' Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo

National Spaghetti Day

Ogoni Day -- Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People of the Niger River

Pop Music Chart Day -- Billboard magazine published the first one today in 1936

St. Pharaildis' Day (Patron of difficult marriages, victims of abuse, widows; Bruay, France; Ghent, Belgium; against childhood diseases)

Trivia Day -- celebration of those who have a doctorate in uselessology, sponsored by PunsCorp

World Braille Day -- birth anniversary of Louis Braille

World Hypnotism Day -- to remove myth and misconception, and promote the truths and benefits of hypnotism   

Anniversaries Today:

Utah becomes the 45th US state, 1896

Birthdays Today:

Julia Ormond, 1965
Dave Roley, 1962
Michael Stipe, 1960
Matt Frewer, 1958
Ann Magnuson, 1956
Grace Bumbry, 1937
Dyan Cannon, 1937
Floyd Patterson, 1935
Don Shula, 1930
Barbara Rush, 1927
Jesse White, 1917
Jane Wyman, 1914
Sterling Holloway, 1905
Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton, 1838
Louis Braille, 1809
Jakob Grimm, 1785
Benjamin Rush, 1746

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Night Court"(TV), 1984
"Blondie"(TV), 1957
The Pop Music Charts in Billboard Magazine, 1936
"Academic Festival Overture"(Johannes Brahms Op. 80), 1881

Today in History:

Titus Labienus is defeated by Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina, BC 46
Columbus leaves the "New World" on return from his first voyage, 1493
Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew", 1570
Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire, 1698
Andre Méchain discovers M80, the globular cluster in Scorpio, 1781
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government, 1847
4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY, 1863
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City, 1865
Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule, 1878
The last known sighting of an eastern cougar, in Ontario, 1884
Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs the first appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22), 1885
Thomas Stevens is the first man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF); his itinerary accounts "DISTANCE ACTUALLY WHEELED, ABOUT 13,500 MILES", 1887
The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter, 1912
The first elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho, 1915
Sputnik 1 reenters the atmosphere and burns up, 1958
Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon, 1959
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, 1972
Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first American-born saint, 1975
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC, 2004
The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, 2007
The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is officially opened, 2010
Eleven-year-old Kathryn Gray, of Canada, becomes the youngest person in the world to discover a supernova, 2011
After pleading guilty to a U.S. case of tax evasion, Wegelin and Co., the oldest bank in Switzerland, closes; the bank faces a fine of $57.8 million, 2013
Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals from a diverse array of nations, including Vietnam, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Tonga, Mexico, Myanmar, Uruguay, France and Thailand, 2015


  1. I still miss all of my dogs.

  2. This post reminds me of my pet dogs too! The last one used to dig up my plants from the flower pot!

  3. Mimi,

    But, Tombstone never looked better wearing lipstick! Oh good heavens, what a humorous SSS!!

    "Night Court" was such a fun sitcom. Boy, I wish we had good TV script writers today! What's on now is either silly or embarrassing (or both), dumb, or not entertaining.

  4. Oh my goodness! Sorry he got into your purse and ate your only lipstick! :-/ But at least you got an amusing sight – a dog "wearing" lipstick. :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! :)

  5. Pups can do that very well. I so remember when we got our Little Bit. She chewed up anything that belonged to my husband. It was interesting.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  6. That is a cute story. Sounds like your guest was busy :)

  7. I miss all my dogs. They die and break my heart.

  8. Lovely story. Dogs will be dogs. Luckily mine only did that as a puppy.

  9. What a delightyful story! I could almost picture the scene. Can't believe The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is 8 years old! Been up it a few times and will probably do so again when I'm there next month.

  10. That is a familiar tail. You made me smile remembering.

  11. I enjoyed your Six. (And yes, I was rooting for the canine) I say it often enough, but as we all know, dogs are perfect lifeforms.

  12. Great 6! Having had dogs I can relate to those times when you come into the house not expecting....that mess! LOL And yet, even though you get angry at the messes, I always had to smile thinking about what must be going through their canine brains as they munch, crunch and otherwise cause bedlam:D