Dog Stories by Mish de Mutt: Introduction

August 25th, 2011
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The decision has been made. I will write a book of dog stories.

I’ve been toying with the idea for a long time while curled up in my secluded, cozy corner under the grand piano. I must add that this little corner is not only cozy, but also quite strategically situated next to the big window facing the street. That gives me a chance to bark furiously at some people passing by.

But to tell you the truth, I am mostly interested in cyclists. I simply dream about the day when I could get close to one of those guys, catch the rear wheel, and cause a whole lot of commotion! That would be what I call just great fun!

Well, the only problem is that I never run loose on the street, so actually I may just as well forget that scenario. But let’s return to the subject of writing.

This is a serious matter, and these literary deliberations sometimes wear me out to the point that I must immediately take a nap. After an hour or two, I wake up refreshed and ready to undertake further planning.

Certain things are already decided. First of all, this is not going to be a difficult book to read and digest but simply a dozen or so short stories. What about? Well, obviously about ME! It’s sort of a doggie autobiography. I will probably also mention a few other dogs, but mainly this book will be dedicated to my own dogginess.

Before starting this project, I did a little research. I found a book written by a dog owned by an English couple living in France. Nice. And then there is another book about dogs described by some smart people as “alluring, full of philosophical and literary musings.” Sounds very highbrow. And of course there was Millie and her album. Everybody knows that ugly Millie belonged to Mrs. Barbara Bush, lived in the White House, was photographed many times with the super celebrities, and led a charmed life.

Well, my stories will be different. I don’t belong to the “jet set.” My stories will be down to earth and short, because we all know how difficult it is these days to hold anybody’s attention for more than five minutes.

There is one more thing I want to tell you: I am going to do all the drawings in the book myself. It is a sign of recklessness mixed with conceit caused by excessive self-confidence. Never mind that I have absolutely no talent as an artist, and that last time I tried to draw a dog, I got something that looked like a pig. But I won’t give up. I will improve. I promise.

Now, after such a long introduction, I really feel intellectually exhausted and must immediately rest in my usual place. But there is still one more important decision to be made: the title! What about the title? It must be simple and short.

How about “Dog Stories by Mish de Mutt?”

Is that okay? Thank you!

Read the next chapters as the story continues…

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