Vinnie Returns in 5 Days

“Hey, Ray. Look at the new trick I taught Dexter,” says Vinnie.

Dexter, the beagle with a great smile and insatiable appetite, sits on his haunches at Vinnie’s side. Vinnie steps in front of Dexter and says, “Speak, Dexter.” Vinnie moves his right arm up and down like a symphony maestro.

“Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.”

“Big deal, Vinnie. All dogs bark,” I say.

“Duh, Ray. Dexter barked 5 times. That’s how many days till I return.”


Author: Ray Calabrese

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