Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #22

Let this image engage your muse. Write a paragraph, a short story, a poem, a memory, a journal entry…or whatever you feel inspired to create. And share your creations in the comments if you’d like!


3 Responses to “Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #22”

  1. 1 herby January 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Sandy,
    The photo inspiration has inspired me to try writing a children’s story. I saw the photo this morning. Then this little story came to me while I was riding my motorbike to work. I’ve never tried children’s stories and I haven’t read many children’s stories since my own childhood. So this was just a bit of fun experimentation.
    Thank you for the inspiration.


    Rufus sat looking at his bowl of dog biscuits.

    ‘Not dog biscuits again,’ he thought. ‘I don’t like dog biscuits.’

    ‘There you go Rufus,’ said Mr Elfman in a kind voice as he patted Rufus on the head. ‘If you eat all those biscuits you’ll grow into a big strong dog.’

    Rufus stared at the biscuits. He didn’t like dog biscuits but he was hungry. So he gobbled them all up. He ate them so quickly that he didn’t even taste them.

    ‘There’s a good boy, Rufus,’ said Mr Elfman. ‘You’re a good puppy.’


    Rufus sniffed the air. He could smell something yummy coming from Mr Taal’s house next door. So Rufus went off to see what Mr Taal was having for breakfast.

    Mr Taal was having bacon for breakfast. Rufus sat next to Mr Taal and looked up at him.

    ‘Oh what a cute puppy,’ said Mr Taal. ‘I think you would like some bacon.’

    Rufus said, ‘Woof’.

    So Mr Taal patted Rufus and gave him some yummy salty bacon.


    Rufus sniffed the air. He could smell something yummy coming from Mrs Mak’s house across the road. Rufus went to see what Mrs Mak was having for breakfast.

    Mrs Mak was having a toasted cheese sandwich for breakfast. Rufus sat next to Mrs Mak and looked up at her.

    ‘Hello puppy,’ said Mrs Mak. ‘Would you like some toasted cheese?’

    Rufus said, ‘Woof’.

    So Mrs Mak patted Rufus and gave him some yummy creamy cheese on crunchy toast.


    Rufus was still hungry. He sniffed the air and smelled something yummy coming from Mrs Yowler’s house next door. Rufus went to see what Mrs Yowler was having for breakfast.

    Mrs Yowler was having porridge for breakfast. Rufus sat next to Mrs Yowler and looked up at her.

    ‘You are a very friendly puppy,’ said Mrs Yowler. ‘I bet you like porridge.’

    Rufus said, ‘Woof’.

    So Mrs Yowler patted Rufus and gave him some yummy gooey porridge.


    Rufus saw Jimmy running down the street. Jimmy was carrying an ice cream. Rufus thought the ice cream looked yummy so her ran out to play with Jimmy.

    ‘Ooh a puppy,’ Jimmy squealed with delight. ‘I like puppies. Do you want some of my ice cream?’

    Rufus said, ‘Woof’.

    So Jimmy dropped some ice cream on the floor for Rufus to eat.


    Rufus felt very full.

    He’d eaten a big bowl of dog food, some yummy salty bacon, a piece of creamy cheese and crunchy toast, a big blob of porridge and a delicious sweet ball of ice cream.

    When he got home again, Rufus’s tummy was touching the floor.

    ‘Where have you been Rufus?’ Mr Elfman asked in a worried voice. ‘And why are you so fat?’

    Rufus just lay on the floor looking up at Mr Elfman. Rufus was feeling too sick to even say ‘Woof’ to the kind Mr Elfman.

    ‘Did you go and eat breakfast with all the neighbours?’ asked Mr Elfman.

    Rufus just lay there looking at him.

    ‘Oh Rufus. That was very greedy. No wonder you look so sick. Next time, you should just eat the dog biscuits.’ said Mr Elfman.

    ‘I know,’ thought Rufus.

    The end

    • 2 stranglingmymuse January 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      What a fun story! And I love it when that happens — you see the image and then later the story comes. I’m glad this puppy pic inspired you to do something new, herby! Thanks for sharing it here.


  1. 1 Greedy Rufus | Living As Herby Trackback on January 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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