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The smelly old blob lay down to die. He was all alone. He had found himself curled up, in a pile of old clothing. The clothing was piled up in the long hall way. This hall way lead to Uncle Sammy’s room. The mess had been there for months. It was compiled of bags and bags of dirty unwashed clothing and it was starting to smell musty and wet. And to top it all off it was rotting. The blob was unable to move, let alone yelp in pain as he lay there in the mess. The little girl was the last to say good-bye. Though at 2 1/2, the little girl didn’t know that this was good-bye.
It had been like any other morning, chaotic. The blob watched as the family did its normal routine. They ran around like chicken with their heads cut off. The family made up of Uncle Sammy,Grandma,the little girls mother Mandy, and the little girl herself Annible. Oh and of course Rex the dog, aka the blob. Rex was an old dog of 13 years. He was round and what was left of his white fur was matted all over his body. He was beginning to stink, like rotting flesh. Ironically he chosen to lay in the rotting clothing.
The morning that Rex died was like any other full of pandemonium. The family except for Uncle Sammy had awoken late. Rex could feel the house take on a tone of panic. This state of panic caused Mandy to dress Annible in a hurry and yell at her mother in the proses. “Mom, where the hell is my text book? Where going to miss the bus” Her mother replied as all ways with some smart remark “Take Rex out and I’ll find it.” Mandy always knew or so she thought, taking Rex out would solve nothing. So she never did. Rex never counted on Mandy to take him out. After 20 minutes of scrambling to get out the door Mandy and her mother where ready. Mandy was off to school, and her mother was off to work. Annible was off to daycare.
Mandy and her mother walked out the door forgetting Annible. When they reached the front porch a half asleep Uncle Sammy who had been sitting on the porch most of the night blurted out “Aren’t you forgetting Annabile?” Mandy looking back at her mom quickly grabbed her keys and returned inside. “Annible” she yelled, “Where are you?” “Mommy,sitting with Rex.” “Well lets go now, before you start to stink and we miss the bus ” Mandy screamed, “You can see Rex later.”
Slowly Annible got up form the pile of clothing where Rex was laying. She looked down at the dog, took in a deep breath turned bending over and hugged him. Then letting go she whispred “I’ll miss you.” she did not know that shortly there after he would be gone.
Did Rex know he was about to die? No one can say for sure. He was always in pain and today was like any other. He had lived a long life. Thirteen years to be exaste. On the morning he died, he could not stop dreaming. It was if his whole life was a blob on a movie reel. Pictures flashed before his eyes. Memories of his puppy life. The days he spent in the park and those not so happy days when he was left at the kennel. Then there was the arrivle of Annible.
Annible had been a surprise to Rex. It was if he had woken one morning in a dream, he hadn’t left. Annible was something special to Rex. Her arrivale made Rex feel like a puppy again. From the time Annible could walk, Rex took it upon himself to look out for her.
Now he was leaving her to fend for herself; in the world.
Rex worried for Anniable.
They had grown such a bond Rex worried about what his death would do to her. There was nothing that could be done though. He was old and his time was up.
The apartment was quiet. But Rex wouldn’t have known that. He was deaf. He hadn’t heard moments before that Annible had said her final good bye. On mornings like these Annible always said something to Rex and Rex could never figure out what it was. So today he felt was no different. A key turned in the door Uncle Sammy tired entered the apartment. Walked to the back of the house. Climbing over the piles of clothing and Rex. “Shit Rex, you stink man.” He muttered. Rex sat up the best he could. “Not now Rex I’ll walk you later.” Then he shut his door forgetting Rex excisted. Uncle Sammy sat on his bed tired and counted his nights pay. He desided to smoke a joint before heading to bed. Shortly after Sammy curled up in bed and fell asleep forgetting Rex needed to go out. Rex lay his head back down closing his eyes. He really had to pee. He knew that it would be hours before he was walked. Rex began to dream of what it must be like to be walked all the time. His dreams were starting to be reality.
Rex couldn’t tell if Uncle Sammy had come out of the room dressed and ready to walk him. In any case Rex hoped that he was being walk. Rex slowly walked down the stairs out side and peed. This was a happy moment for Rex but he really hadn’t gone out he had just peed where he was laying. Rex still had no idea that he had peed where he was laying. For what seemed like hours Rex had dreams of a long walk he would never go on. He would visit the park, walk around the neighborhood peeing in all his favorite spots.
At last Rex headed home, up the stairs to be greated by a smiling Annible. And with that the door shut behind him and he was gone. Rex had died.
At about 6:45 the door to the house opened Annible bursting past her mom looking for Rex. Mandy too into her own agenda walked into her bed room and collaped on the bed. Annible finally found Rex laying in the hallway in a pile of pee and old clothing. Bending down she rubbed his head and got no response. Annible tried harder to get him to move but nothing happened. Annible didn’t know what to do. Climbing over the dead dog she ran to get Uncle Sammy. Opening the door she called “Sammy, Rex isn’t moving.” The half asleep Sammy opened his eyes and look at the girl. “He’s just sleeping” and turned over and went back to sleep. Annible went out into the hall way and lay down next to the dog holding him. He still didn’t move. Annible was worried. She got up covered in pee and ran to find her mom. “Mommy she yelled Rex isn’t moving.” Her mother climbed out of bed and went into the hall way where she incountrd the little girl. “Annible hunny how many times have I told you to go potty if you have too.” Confused Annible responded “Mommy I didn’t pee that was Rex” Now Mandy was worried. Trying to look as calm as possible Mandy bent down near the dog. “He’s just asleep” moving her foot to shack him. Rex didn’t move.
Mandy did not know what to tell Annible. Pulling her daughter away from Rex she lead her into the living room. “Hey lets get you out of these wet close and into something dry.” Annible agreed but still wanted to know what was going on. “Mommy is Rex ok?” “Annible I’m not sure.”
Annible half naked rushed past her mom to Rex. “WAKE UP, WAKE UP!!!!!” she yelled. All the screaming had awoken Uncle Sammy. He slowly got out of bed and walked into the hall. “Annible, Rex is sleeping.” “No Uncle Sammy he’s not” Uncle Sammy bent down and tapped the dog. There was no response. “Annible, go get your mother please.” Annible did as she was told. Mandy entered the hallway where she could see Uncle Sammy bent over. “Is he…” Uncle Sammy looked up and mouthed the words “Yes, get Annible out of here.” What was to be done?
Mandy picked up the half naked girl and carried her into the bathroom. “Hey lets take a bath.” “No, mommy I want to see Rex.” Mandy tried to keep her cool, for the sake of the little girl but she couldn’t. She was sobbing. “I’m sorry Annible Rex is dead, I should have walked him.” Annible hugged her mother. “Mommy Rex be ok. He is with Jesus.”
At that very moment in the hallway Uncle Sammy could be heard yelling. “Shit, fuck you peed too Rex.” Uncle Sammy was trying to get Rex out of the house. Annible burst out of the bathroom running to see what was happening. “No Uncle Sammy leave him” The little girl flung herself onto Rex. She was not letting go. This is how the story ends. Uncle Sammy gave up and went to bed, while Mandy heartbroken went into the other room to call her mother. Annible curled up and went to sleep with the dead dog her best friend Rex.

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December 21st, 2011 at 5:46 am