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A Scary Animal

A big dog-like animal came to the door of the neighbors’ house and started sniffing around. The neighbors don’t have a dog, though. Nobody on our street has a dog this shape and size. There are people down the street with a large dog but theirs is white and furry, and this one is dark and has no fur.

Can this be something other than a dog? Something scary? I’ve heard creatures howling at night. What can it be?

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13 thoughts on “A Scary Animal

  1. paranoid on said:

    Most of the U.S. has coyotes, wild, doglike animals. Coyotes will dig in trash for food, if they can. They’re usually golden colored, not dark. Coyotes can interbreed with dogs and with wolves.

    When you describe it as having no fur, what do you mean? Is it un-furry like an elephant, or does it have short hair that just isn’t bushy?

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  2. Stringer bell on said:

    A coyote?

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  3. Dreidel on said:

    If it looks like a dog, it’s a dog! Or maybe a dog-coyote hybrid (standard coyotes are smaller than most dogs). There aren’t any wolves left in Illinois.

    Maybe a werewolf — did the full moon come early there in Illinois?

    Cougars are big cats — nobody would confuse them with a canine.

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    • Shakti on said:

      :/ The new moon was two days ago. Besides, there are no werewolves whose transformations are inhibited by AT&T cell phone service in Illinois.
      looks meaningfully at Clarissa

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      • Yeah, Clarissa’s safe, the werewolves won’t go anywhere near a Samsun…. oh wait…. mmmm bummer.

        Maybe she has some silver bullets stored somwhere.

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        • “Yeah, Clarissa’s safe, the werewolves won’t go anywhere near a Samsun…. oh wait…. mmmm bummer.”

          • Yes, yes, keep rubbing it in. . . Cruel and unusual.

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      • No, the phone is still not here. I got a box in the mail yesterday and was so hopeful but. . . it turned out to be baby sneakers that I bought for Klara. I never hated a pair of sneakers this much. And I do hate sneakers in general.

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    • “Cougars are big cats — nobody would confuse them with a canine.”

      • Nobody at all? Remember who you are talking to. 🙂 I could confuse you with a canine with my intense powers of observations.

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  4. If it looks like a dog and sniffs like a dog, it’s a dog!

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