The Paws & Claws Mysteries
by Krista Davis
Not too long ago, I was digging in trash for food. I lived outside, taking shelter wherever I could find it. I thought my name was Bad Dog because that was what most people called me. But then, on a rainy night, I spotted Holly Miller. She was a mess, kind of like me!
Now she's my mom. People say she rescued me, but I know that I rescued her from a drab life with her old boyfriend, Ben. Holly's grandmother, Oma, thanks me for that every day. She calls him "the Ben." For some reason, that irritates Holly.
Anyway, we moved into the Sugar Maple Inn with Oma. It's on Wagtail Mountain, where they love dogs and cats. Almost everybody has treats in their pockets, and instead of grubbing in the trash for a crust of pizza, I'm eating gourmet food like roast turkey and Rodeo Roundup. What a lucky break, huh? I admit that I still have nightmares about the people I lived with before. The ones who dumped me out in the middle of nowhere and left. But don't tell Holly, okay? It would upset her to know that. I usually pretend I was being klutzy and fell off the bed so she won't know.
Holly says I'm getting a reputation around Wagtail because I've found a few dead people. I don't know why everyone gets so excited about it. They smell different. Beats me why Holly can't smell them from afar like I can. But the last one was around Halloween, so things have settled down around here. Maybe there won't be anymore. Do you think that's possible?
Life with Holly on Wagtail is pretty good. And best of all, no sign of the Ben lately!
|It's a ruff life!|