Thunder’s Rustic Adventure – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Thanks for stopping by. I know I haven’t written anything in a long while. Life has been extra lifey lately with added caregiving responsibilities and a guide dog with a mystery illness that turned out to be cancer. My golden treasure went from diagnosis to dead in 5 weeks, but she only truly suffered for 1 day, a Sunday (and, sadly,  her 8t birthday on February 20), before I could get her to the vet and release her.

This story is exactly 100 words for Friday Fictioneers for 11 March 2022.

A smiling golden retriever guide dog, Jemma, gets petted. We see a child's hand and forearm to the left.
A smiling golden retriever guide dog, Jemma, gets petted. We see a child’s hand and forearm to the left.

I stared at my screensaver for quite a while before mustering any ideas. My ink well contained only dried-up flecks of useless nothing in it. At long last, I thought of a little shack I stayed in with my first guide dog, and a memory that I could turn into 100 words surfaced. So, here you go.

The photo writing prompt

photo of a cabin
PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox – photo of a cabin

Thunder’s Rustic Adventure

I fastened Thunder’s guide harness and asked, “Ready to explore?”

She wagged her approval. The brochure probably called our cabin rustic, but I considered it neglected.

I directed her to find the path. She led me over gnarly patches of ground and around obstacles invisible to me.

Soon, we stepped onto the swaying dock. She paused.

“It’s okay, girl. Forward.” None too sure, she obliged. And we proceeded to the far railing.

A pandemonium of honks, splashes and wingbeats ensued. Evidently, a mother goose with her babies floated just beneath the corner.

Thunder took us to safety at a run.

3 colorful cartoon birds on a branch. 1 is reading from a book.
3 colorful cartoon birds on a branch. 1 is reading from a book.

Thanks for reading!

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Cheers to your #BLISSfulLife!!

Ronda Del Boccio

Award-winning author, photographer, and artist

About Ronda Del Boccio


Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at

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17 thoughts on “Thunder’s Rustic Adventure – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. So sorry to read about your loss. She sounds like a beautiful dog, and it’s heartbreaking when they go. I love your story about Thunder. A great memory, and I can just imagine him being reluctant to get too close to the honking geese.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the story. Thunder was a smooth coated collie but of course in 100 words I certainly didn’t have very much time to go into that one. Jemma was my first retriever. Dog number two, molly, was also herding dog being border collie and Belgian shepherd. They are all so wonderful in their way. Glad you enjoyed the story, and thank you so much for reading.

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  2. Dear Ronda,

    What a sweet story. I’m happy to see you here. You’ve had a rough go of it. Jemma is missed and leaves such a vacancy for her mom. Thank you for sharing your journey so openly.



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    1. Thank you, my friend! I really truly haven’t been able to write for quite a while with everything. I even had to sit there with my hands on the keyboard for a while before I could pump out these few words. They were her pot! It is good to be back, though. Thanks for hosting and for reading.


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