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The Daily Chronicle Review- Partners In Crime “A Smashing Hit”

Well, “Partners In Crime” was a smashing success! Some of my most read blogs, and all it did was outline a day of puppy-sitting for my sister’s new dog. How cute is this “little” guy??

Gibson, AKA "Gibbs"

Gibson, AKA “Gibbs”

He’s a playful fun-loving dude, we went on lots of runs together and played a lot. A champ of a mutt, Great Dane and Labrador only four months old! This dog is going to get huge.

There are a couple things I would like to warn you about. One: Be careful when using google images to look up “film noir”. Some people who upload photos don’t entirely know the difference between timeless Film Noir Classic freeze frames and stock photos, and S&M related black and white pornography. After looking up pictures on many, many occasions to complete this short series, there was one photo I began to fondly refer to as “Mister Floppy.”

How did I get the idea to do a noir series? That’s for me to know.

It was originally just a one-time piece, but then I started puppy-sitting that awesome little mutt for a couple of days and the series just wrote itself, so I went with it (mostly in the downtime when he was sleeping off the havoc he wreaked or one of our runs).

Well, it was a blast, probably one of the funnest things I’ve written in a long time. I hope it got some laughs.

Ah yes, and number two: Apparently, lampposts are very common in film noir. Probably one of the most used props, second to guns. It gave me a little bit of an actual fondness for them, lol.

Hope everyone enjoyed, and have a wonderful night!!




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“Partners In Crime”- Conclusion (My Day In A Short Noir)


No, he couldn’t.

She was never one to fool for such cons, and she made her point by turning him in to the buttons to spend some time behind bars while she ate. It was a peaceful time, but guilt wracked her and she was soon planning a jailbreak. She just couldn’t live with herself if her partner in crime were to spend the rest of the night in the jug… so she came up with the most elaborate plan ever… she opened the baby gate. Once she was done eating, that was.

As expected he was all over her with apologies. Slobbery gestures of remorse and affection, the wanting, the yearning for her approval. “I won’t do it again, babe.” But she wasn’t so sure.

Regardless, she let him into her bed. It was time to sleep.

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“You better not get any wrong ideas, bruno.” She warned him ahead of time. “I gotta sleep, you gotta sleep, it’s just you and I here in this scatter, I ain’t no pro skirt and I don’t intend to be daisy. Keep your tail to yourself and no one has to swing.”

It was agreed then. This mission had been exhausting and they were both just too tired to continue on without the help of a little sleep, not if they intended to finish their mission without getting blipped, blown down, bopped, bumped, chilled, chived, croaked, cut down, drilled, fogged, kicked, knocked, pooped, rubbed, zotzed, or just plain… killed.

They both laid down. But not for long.


The sleeping femme fatale. She finally dozes off, only to wake moments later to see this staring right in her face, a disconcerting and… dangerous expression on his face.


It was back and forth between the two. She wanted to sleep, and he wanted to… chew. An arm, a leg, a cushion, it didn’t matter so long as his teeth were occupied. But it wasn’t long before she realized… it did matter. He wanted skin. He wanted flesh. He wanted to… nurse. He was a Puppy, after all.

But it wasn’t long before all her unmet demands and unsuccessful discouragement started turning her disgruntled, dazed, annoyed… angry.


As all the nibbling and jumping and growling wore on through the night, she began to go from this:

film_noir_0001To this:

Flared Nostrils

And she knew she had to do something to put a stop to this mad behavior. It was driving her insane and he knew it. She couldn’t give in, she couldn’t give up, no matter how persuasive, no matter how persistent. She had to persevere but it was just… too difficult.

“Gibbs,” She finally says, “You wanna play?”

“What do you think, doll?”


It was settled. They began to wrestle, to play, to chew on rawhides together. She knew this wasn’t what the typical partners in crime did but he wasn’t a typical Dog and she wasn’t a typical Ace. They both had pasts, they both had their dirty secrets and strange silhouetted shadows to hide from. She had a fondness of leaning against lampposts, and he had a fondness to piddle on them.

LD lamppost

It was almost like it was… meant to be.


They finally settle down. It was a strange night, an eccentric night, and certainly unplanned. But isn’t that all life is? One unplanned event after another. It had her shaken… rattled.

No longer were they enemies. She knew then that she could trust that young bruno, and all suspicion was gone. She had to accept his dark side, so long as he understood there were boundaries, certain rules and morals she refused to set aside.

Her shoulder was not a means to feed.

Though accidents will happen. A little blood was shed. Nothing to worry on.

But as with all things in life… there was a twist.

A twist that left her questioning his intentions, her instincts. Was she wrong to trust this Dog so soon?

And before she knew it…

He was back to chewing on her toes.


And sneaking up on her with slobbery kisses when she wasn’t looking.


Even… tearing a hole in the back of her last pair of pants (and the skin underneath.)

But she began to realize finally, after spending so many suspenseful hours together.

That was just his way of expressing love.

And who was she to question the affections of a Dog?


And that’s it. They survived the night and went their separate ways.  Today he goes back into the business, the dirty business where shadows crawl along dark alleys and Poohs better watch their backs or they might get cut down at the earliest opportunity, just for a little scratch.

And as for her… Well, she knows that if they ever cross paths again they’ll pretend they never knew one another. Never been through the dangers that they faced together, never knew the feel of his warm drooling tongue against her face as she slept and his shiny, debonair teeth in her flesh, the happy wagging of his tail and sly ways he seemed to always find a way to get what he wanted. But that was all right by her, for today she can live by those memories.

And tomorrow…

She gets a new pair of pants.


*********     FIN     *********



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“Partners In Crime” Episode 3 (My Day In A Short Noir)


So there they were. Just she and Gibbs. It became evident quite quickly that this was not a mission she could afford to fail, nor a job she could turn down. He liked to run, and he jogged at just her pace. This wasn’t a partnership she could easily turn down with a clear conscience, nor one she would even want to. It was time to work together.

Yet still, the question remained… Just how far could she trust him?


It was a small job, once they’d agreed to work together without ratting one another out to the bulls for past deeds done cheap. No, it was time to move beyond that. It was time for… dinner.

Dinner, you say. Well, she had to admit it was a bit easier for him, being a Dog in his own domain he had his ducks in a row, and what a fine row it was. New to the scene, a steady feeling of unease overcoming her, she began to realize this wasn’t going to be as easy as it looked. She would have to get back into disguise and sneak back into her old district to rustle up some grub, sneak back without the bulls and snitches being the wiser. And she had to do it alone.

It wasn’t anything she hadn’t done before, she was a pro, an ace, she could do it without issue.

Then the storm hit.


*** To Be Continued… ***



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“Partners In Crime”- Episode 2 (Part Two) (My Day In A Short Noir)


She’d just stepped inside, after leaning on the brick wall, ascertaining the safety of her mission. She concluded that there was none to be had and she continued on anyway. She knew she was on the eight-ball, but an ace never gives up and she never blows off.

She had just run into the Dog, and when I say Dog, I mean just that. They had just made eye contact and she knew instantly what he wanted. He wanted… to play.

We’ll call him Gibbs.

Gibbs was the sort of Dog you had to watch out for, a kind of Bruno we’ll say. Tough guy. Sure he acted playful, jumping around and having a grand ol’ time. But she wasn’t fooled. He was the kind of Dog who’d wag his tail for any regular Joe or Jane who came around.


Yet she couldn’t deny, there was just something about this little guy. Something that drew her to him, something… dangerous. It may have had something to do with the strange puddle in the corner, but as soon as she leashed him up and sent him running, he went, if you know what I mean.

She already knew he was the kind of bruno who cleaned up after himself, if you catch my drift, but it wasn’t until the sly little guy tried to bring his dirty business back inside that she stepped down her fancy toe shoes and said, “Nuh-uh, buster. You ain’t bringin’ that back in here.”

Too bad she’d already been fooled and tried to take it out of his mouth, thinking it was just another lump of dirt.


This guy was sly. Gibbs had it written all over him. Cute as a button, suave, the kind of charming mutt a lady could fall for, if she wasn’t careful. She knew she needed a break. So she steps out to put on her disguise, stand on the bridge in the rain, overlooking the river. This is how she does her best thinking. In silhouette, dressed as a man, leaning against a lamppost. Under thunderclouds.


She knew she had a decision to make. She was too far in, too deep in her disguise and her lies to back out now. There were mysteries to solve, but she couldn’t turn her back on him. What kind of Dog was Gibbs that could act all playful one moment, and turn around and bump off a Pooh Bear Slipper without remorse? Sure it was in an unprovoked fit of passion, the urge to play triumphed over his self-control and an innocent Pooh paid the price. But she couldn’t risk bringing him in, she couldn’t risk being… discovered.

Her only other option was to work with him.

The song and dance begins. Before she knows it, she and Gibbs are running together, hot on the trail.

Or should I say, hot on the “tail”

Ha. Ha.


*** To Be Continued… ***



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Heroic dolphins

I was very moved by this story, I thought I would share it with you all.


Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning!

On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Dog that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog.

The Dog was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.

One of the people whose attention was captured by the noisy, demonstrative dolphins said, “They were really putting up a ruckus, almost beaching themselves on the sandbar over there. If it wasn’t for the dolphin, I would have never seen the dog.”

He said also if the dolphins hadn’t persisted enough to get their attention, they dog would have died in the canal.

The dog had fallen over the edge of a concrete wall down into the water far enough that it had no chance of getting back up by itself. The dog was exhausted from being in the cold water for hours, and most likely suffering from hypothermia.

Dolphins have been known to sometimes help stranded or injured people as well. In 2007, a pod of dolphins formed a ring around a surfer who was injured and bleeding after being bitten by a Great White shark.

The surfer survived because they prevented further bites. No one knows exactly why dolphins have intervened in such emergency situations, and helped save the lives of other species. Suffice to say they are capable of empathy and heroic actions.

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The Cheetah and the Dog


Dogs are regarded as man’s best friend, but it turns out that they get along famously with cheetahs as well!

Cheetah numbers are a fraction of what they were 100 years ago and there is a low level of genetic diversity among those left. This puts added pressure on breeding and conservation efforts and the cats can become too stressed out to mate. This is where the dogs come in.

Baby cheetahs and puppies (typically from a rescue shelter) are gradually introduced to each other. They are given toys to help break the ice and encourage bonding, and eventually, friendships form. These friendships allow the cat to blow off some steam and relax, making it more willing to accept a mate.

Believe it or not, the dog is the dominant one of the friendship, regardless of size. They actually have to be separated at meal time, otherwise the dog will eat all of the cheetah’s food.

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