Dumb Dog

Fiction - Animals
9 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2020
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Author Biography

I am A. J. Agreste, an accounting major, animal lover, and author. I have been writing stories since I was in elementary school. I've written stories for my little sister to read or to present during show-and-tell. I've always been drawn to the supernatural. Fantasy and Science Fiction is capable of transporting you to a different world or bringing the unreal to ours. But I also have an affinity for the here and now. Tackling modern-day challenges we face every day is the backbone of contemporary fiction. I hope to succeed in immersing my readers in both worlds.

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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Zoe is a cat. While scouring her territory, she smells blood. It unsettles her, but not as much as the mangy puppy that is tossed into the backyard, near where she smells the blood. When the puppy begs her for help, she’s unsure, but Rex, the puppy, is determined. Wounded and limping, he digs his way out of the yard and follows Zoe as she circumnavigates her territory. She keeps calling him a Dumb Dog and telling him that cats are solitary creatures, but when Rex stands up for her against some bully dogs and shares some of his own story of how he was injured and why he doesn’t want to return to his home, she relents and invites Rex into her home, humble though it is.

A.J. Agreste’s story, Dumb Dog, takes the controversial and unpleasant situation of dogfighting and presents it from the dog's point of view. Although the story is told in the first-person narrative from the cat’s point of view, Rex’s point of view is also presented, although it’s the cat’s realization of Rex’s dire and dangerous living conditions that melts not only her heart but also the hearts of readers. The plot develops as the bond between the cat and Rex intensifies, reaching the climax when Rex reveals his sorry situation. The two main characters, Zoe the cat and Rex the Dumb Dog, are well developed with their own unique quirky personalities. This is a powerful little story, told with care and compassion.