from Alley Dog by Paul Lewis

Genre: Drama

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Missy, a cat, tries to convince Alley Dog that his owner will never return and that he should abandon his faith in humans.

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Life can turn on a dime, can't it? And then...poof! Goodbye pillow, goodbye bowl, goodbye boy. But that doesn't mean you have to stay in this dangerous alley with those annoying crows. You are a dog, you know. You can take care of yourself wherever you are. Stay here, and sooner or later they will catch up with you. If not Baxter, someone else. Look around you, Alley Dog. What do you see? Garbage cans and brick walls is what I see. I see cast-off shoes and fire escapes and traffic and nasty people. If you bound up those stairs, they'll chase you right down them again with a broom, or worse. I see an abandoned dog whose whole life is built on a delusion. You stake everything on that one belief of yours. But what if you're wrong? You're in a place where nobody remembers you and nobody wants you, with enemies at your heels, and yet you stay and stay and stay.