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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: The World According to Mr. Grump
By Fay Johnson


Mr. Grump yawned and turned over. Its morning and time for a belly rub, he thought. After all what else would a Shi Tzu expect? Rays of sunlight caught his eye as Jilly slapped the alarm clock again. Mr. Grump wondered how many snoozes would there be today. He stretched and snuggled close to his owner just as Jilly threw back the covers and grabbed her robe. He felt cheated.

“Mr. Grump, its time to get up and do our Bible reading.”

He jumped off the bed and followed Jilly into the kitchen, waddling. Starbucks coffee, his favorite he stretched out his paws on her leg to let her know he wanted some too.

Jilly grabbed her Bible and covered up with a blanket as Mr. Grump took his place on her lap. Jilly poured a little of her coffee into a small bowl allowing it to cool.

“Mr. Grump, you are certainly getting to be quite a chunk. I think we need to get serious about walking again.”

The dog simply gave her a look she was never able to bear.

“Don’t look at me like that, when I get home this afternoon we are going to the park. I think I’ll stop by the pets store and pick up some diet dog food and treats.”

“Rrrowww rroww.”

“Oh I said the ‘t’ word didn’t I? I didn’t mean treats right now, but I’ll make sure you get something tasty after your walk this afternoon. How about I make you a deal; you humor me and I’ll diet with you. I’ll count points, carbs, calories or something.”

“Rrrowww rowwrr.”

“All right, no gripe.”

“Rroww rrrowwwr.”

“Mr. Grump! I said no gripe.”


Mr. Grump plopped on his favorite part of the warn sofa as Jilly put her Bible up and began to get ready for work. His favorite time of the day was what time he could spend with her. He didn’t know what she read, but he really liked when she would say things like ‘hmmm, I’ve never seen that before’.

He remembered she said they would go to the park, also a favorite place. That’s where all his friends were and he liked to growl at each one. She also said diet food and treats, aauggh! Well taste is the downside, but the upside is making room for more treats with all that walking.

Jilly patted his head and rubbed his tummy before she left out the door. She loved the morning routine which helped her begin her day with the Lord and her best friend, Mr. Grump.

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julie wood02/22/07
This story totally delighted me! Wonderfully creative portrayal of life from a dog's point of view--and what a character of a dog, especially begging for coffee! Reminded me of the Sprnger Spaniel I had as a child--Daisy loved to eat everything from roses to spiders to grapefruit rinds!

The title sparked my curiosity too--who could resist reading about someone named "Mr. Grump"? Also enjoyed the "doggie-human dialogue"! Great job!
Jorge VanSlyke02/22/07
The storyline is very simple but it left me with a feeling of something that I should be doing diligently aside from thinking how much calories I should lose...that is, start my day right with the Lord. Good lesson!
Jan Ackerson 02/22/07
I love this! "Mr. Grump" is a perfect name for this doggy, and the story very sweetly depicts the relationship between Mr. Grump and his owner.
Jacquelyn Horne02/22/07
I enjoyed this too. I always like to hear what pets think about their owners. Interesting.
Betty Castleberry02/23/07
This is charming. I love stories with animals portayed like this. There are a few little grammar and punctuation errors, but they don't detract from this cute story. Thank you for sharing this.
Donna Powers 02/25/07
A cute POV and a delightful story! I enjoyed this very much and loved the relationship between Jilly and the dog. Good work