I’m not one of those dogs who only knows the words I’m supposed to know. Like sit, stay, no, and bath. If that was it, my stories might sound like this:
Sit, no, stay, no, bath, stay, no, no.
But I know a lot of people words. My mother taught them to me. So, when I’m writing and I do forget a word, I press the Woof key on my keyboard.
Something with wheels
For example, one day I couldn’t remember the word roller skates. I needed it for one of my neighborhood stories.
So, I wrote this: The boy next door raced down the street in his something with wheels.
I pressed the Woof key. It came up with the word car. Possibly, but not what I had in mind. So I pressed it again. This time, I got the word wagon. Nope. Then the word stroller. What? The Woof key isn’t always reliable.
I went back to writing my story and used the word bicycle. That was good enough for now.
Something with numbers
Another time I couldn’t remember the word calculator. It’s not like it comes up every day. But I was writing another neighborhood story. This one was about the stupid cat next door. He wants to know how many lives he gets.
My story started out like this: The cat next door doesn’t know how to count, so he uses something with numbers.
I pressed the Woof key. It came up with the word ruler. No, that wouldn’t work. Then the word math. Maybe. Then it gave me the word clock. Not even close.
I was about to give up and start a different story – maybe about a trip to Wisconsin. But then I thought, who knows, maybe cats do use clocks to count.