The Short Straw

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Peek behind the mask of American suburbia in this FLASH fiction story of a troubled neighborhood. Warning: if you love "pocket" dogs, this story may not be for you! More
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About Don Katnik

Don Katnik resides in Maine with his wife and two dogs (pictured in bio photo). By profession he is a wildlife biologist but mostly he works to earn enough of a living to provide his dogs with the style of life they have come to expect. Besides writing, his favorite pasttimes are taking walks on the beach with his family, swing dancing, and discovering new brewpubs. Although much of his writing features dogs, his writing interest range from horror to scifi to "contemporary" (for lack of a better word). Favorite all-time book is "A River Runs Through It." Most inspirational author, though, is Stephen King (besides spinning good yarns, he has en eerie abilitly to capture commonplace scenes exactly right). It doesn't hurt that he lives up the road from me (not that we socialize, but you can't live in Maine and not be a King fan). Very new to the EPUB world, but convinced it is the only way that emerging writers have a chance of getting their work out there. It's great when readers are moved enough by something I wrote to let me know -- that's what it's all about.

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Review by: Mirvan Ereon on April 30, 2012 :
i really like it! This is really good. =P I made a similar story about abuse and killing of animals and having sex with dead manatees.
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Review by: Dylan Robinson on March 8, 2012 :
Wonderful short story, one of the funniest page stories I've read in a long time. I hope you make more like these. Now, whenever I walk down my street and I hear one of those little rat-dogs come running to bark at me, I'll think of this story and it may ease the high-pitch yipping just a little.
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Review by: Dwayne Bearup on Feb. 25, 2012 :
This story is now on my list. I will tell everyone I know about it. Finely crafted, technically flawless, witty, and the fine twist at the end was superb. If they make another Tales From The Crypt, this would make a fine addition.
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Review by: Melody Hewson on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Ok, I am about the biggest dog lover I know.... but I could not help laughing hysterically at this short. For one, because I KNOW a few dogs like the story's Bella, but also because the wording was very well done.
Although the dog's death was regretable, it was not described in a gruesome manner, nor was the act done out of cruelty.
Also the thought of a bunch of men sitting around selecting colorful straws with cartoon heads on them is hilarious. I only regret that it's not longer!

Wonderful job! Even as an animal advocate and lover of dogs of any shape, size, & behavior, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
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