Buck: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt over at http://www.carrotranch.com was: in 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to the theme “a dog in the daisies.” It can be any dog, real or imagined. Push into the setting and as always, go where the prompt leads!

This pedometer geek has had cats as pets, but this story is about a dog that has been part of my extended family, specifically my stepson’s and his wife’s dog.


Buck, a border collie, was always herding, keeping his charges in line. Whether it was cows, gulls, or people he loved, he was in the thick of things. Running ahead, racing back, or lying in wait in the daisies, the exuberance of Buck was palpable.

With head and tail high, he would grab his leash and walk himself, feeling in control. The neighbors laughed at his antics, shaking their heads at his sassy attitude. Buck chased gulls like he once chased cows in Montana until his body failed him.

Now, he lies beneath the daisies he once ran through.

Nancy Brady, 2020

Check out all the flash fictions about a dog in the daisies over at Carrot Ranch.


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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4 Responses to Buck: A 99-Word Flash Fiction

  1. nightlake says:

    a majestic dog…a leader…The ending is sad though…but everything good comes to an end…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Nightlake, thanks for reading; Buck’s ending was very sad as he developed some neurological condition that basically caused him to lose the feeling in his hind quarters. For a dog who loved motion, fetching sticks, snapping at water from a hose or over the bow of a sailboat, it was distressing. ~nan


  2. Jules says:

    ….I had a Collie/Shepard mix… sigh.
    Lovely memories. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jules, all pets leave imprints on our heart, and the memories help especially if they are lovely. ~nan


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