Nita Faces The Monster Outside Her Home by Jacqueline Valencia

It was dark and early morning when my mom took me out for my walk. I spend a lot of time looking at her as we go down the elevator. I mostly want to show how excited I am to be going outside by wagging my tail. That day though, I was super happy we were going out because she had brought a treat bag with her! You see, I don’t respond to treats when mom wants to show me something new, but I totally love them after a long walk, so this meant she took me on a big walk. However, I don’t think we were prepared for what was going to happen that day.

 As mom opened the door, I spotted a big thing on the lake. It looked ginormous and I was very curious to find out what it was. I pulled at my leash, (even though I shouldn’t), and tried to show mom where I wanted to go. Eventually, she let me lead her towards the big thing. This is what I saw.

 

Mom said it was called a “barge.” It looked friendly enough until...it started making noises! There were people in big yellow uniforms on it making all sorts of screeching sounds. All of a sudden it looked like it had teeth! That’s when I literally tucked tail and ran pulling mom right behind me.

 

With my eyes, I asked mom, “What is that monster? Why is it here? Why doesn’t it go away so I can play? It’s going to eat me!” I jumped into her arms, and I would not let her take me near it again, even though it was right at the spot I like to play in. 


Mom tried her best to calm me down, but all I could focus on was on the Yellow Monster with the Teeth that was going to eat me one day. It has been by the water making noises for a long time since and I don’t like it! This is me not liking it!


 

For the next couple of days, I tried my best to avoid the area the big Yellow Monster was at. It didn’t matter though because I had to pass it if I wanted to see my fellow doggy friends. My habit was to pull hard and run, trying hard to get away, even though I was hurting mommy’s arm. I know she had leash trained me, but I forget all that when it comes to running for dear life!

Mom though found a couple of solutions to help me. I don’t know how she did it, but the Monster started having less teeth? It became less noticeable after a little while too. I was just too distracted by the prospect of going out to play again, that everything seemed a little better. This is me looking at the Yellow Monster with my tail up, not worrying about it.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HELPED TOO?

Halloween is just around the corner, and I hear you get to dress up to look like scary things too! See? I can make the Monster think I’m a big scary vampire or a shark even! WE’LL SEE WHO’S TUCKING TAIL AND RUNNING NEXT TIME BUDDY! BWAHAHAHAHHAHA!