By Martin Kihn
(A precise story.)
Meet Hola. She’s a nightmare, yet it’s now not her fault if she tackles strangers and chews on furnishings, or if she runs after buses and fried chook packing containers and drug purchasers. nobody ever informed her to not. Worse but, she scares her relatives. Hola could be the most pretty Bernese mountain puppy on this planet, yet she’s by no means been expert. not less than no longer by way of somebody who knew what he used to be doing.
Hola’s intended grasp, Marty, is a high-functioning alcoholic. A television author grew to become administration advisor, Marty’s in debt and out of form; he’s approximately to lose his task, and sooner or later he emerges from a haze of peach-flavored vodka to discover he’s at the verge of wasting his spouse, Gloria, too, if he can’t get his life—and his dog—under keep watch over.
Desperately attempting to store his marriage, Marty throws himself headlong into the realm of aggressive puppy education. regrettably, he is aware even under Hola, the single puppy ever to be expelled from her dog preschool two times. one way or the other, jointly, they should get during the American Kennel Club’s rigorous canines strong Citizen try out. in fact, Hola first must easy methods to sit down.
It won’t be effortless. It definitely won’t be beautiful. yet perhaps, simply probably, there'll be cheesecake.
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She'd conditioned herself not to trust anyone in the past seven years. Maybe she was becoming too hard, too cold. And although Kyle Preston looked like he'd been put through the proverbial ringer when he appeared out of thin air, he did seem sincere about just wanting to help. And it was more than that, she had to admit to herself. Except she couldn't quite put a finger on what it was about Kyle Preston that made her think she should trust him. Without something tangible for her to grasp on to, trusting was a dangerous thing to do to say the least.
Mrs. " He took the envelope and, after breaking the seal, plucked out the note. "Is Mrs. " She shook her head back and forth with exaggerated motion. "She's my baby-sitter. We live on the top floor of her house. " Kyle opened the note and began to read the "Dear Santa" aloud, but stopped as soon as he began. Dear Santa, Plez send me a daddy for Christmas so Mommy doesn't have to work so much. Luv, Krissy Alexander Kyle felt his chest tighten. This letter decided it. He was much too much of a sap for this job.
The most impressionable years of his life were spent thinking no one cared, that he was nothing special. Looking at Kristen, he knew she was special, but did she? And Lauren Alexander. Obviously she was alone, raising her daughter the best way she could. It had to be a hard thing to have no one to lean on. Looking back on his life, Kyle realized he'd pretty much forgotten what that had been like. These days, as far as family went, his cup runneth over. There were a lot of people to do the leaning and even more to do the leaning on in the Preston household.
Bad Dog: A Love Story by Martin Kihn