This is what happens when the Dabrowski Dogs and the Black Dogs accompany Sprite to school. The subject is English language and the topic is creative writing.
This is the discussion amongst the dogs and their recommendations to Sprite.
Imaginational Dabrowski: You could write a story titled “I am a Cheetah”
Intellectual Dabrowski: The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is a large feline inhabiting some areas of Africa and Iran.
The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 112 to 120 km/h in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds. It has an anatomy that is perfectly designed for running fast. Look up fact sheets about this on the Cheetah Conservation Foundation website.
The cheetah is listed as vulnerable to extinction, facing various threats such as competition with and predation by other carnivores, a gene pool with very low variability, and persecution by mankind.
P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle: Excellent choice of subject. Just make sure that you spell those long words correctly and get all the facts 100% accurate.
Imaginational: I mean you should write about what it feels like to BE a cheetah.
Guard on Duty Black Dog: How could she possibly know what it feels like to be a cheetah?
Thinks He’s an Alien Black Dog: If she writes that she IS a cheetah everyone will think she is really weird! I bet none of the other kids think they are cheetahs. When I say what I think and feel everyone looks at me as if I came from another planet and maybe I did!
Little Bully Black Dog: If she writes that everyone will laugh at her and tease her and call her a CHEATER and say she cheats on tests
Sensual Dabrowski: You could write about all the sights and sounds and smells that a cheetah would experience. I am not feeling very comfortable in the classroom at the moment. There is too much background noise and the neon lights are flickering and I am feeling really itchy. I bet you are too!
Psycho Motor Dabrowski: Cheetahs must have a lot of fun running and running and running. Do you want to go outside and see what it would be like to run?
SAD Seasonally Affected Black Dog: She can’t go outside now because it is raining.
Wistful Black Dog: Even if she could go outside she would not be able to run far and she would just get depressed.
Is that shadow on the wall just a shadow of a cloud or is it Leaping Attack Black Dog?
Emotional Dabrowski: You should write about the cheetah’s emotions. What makes the cheetah happy? What makes the cheetah sad? What makes you happy? Are the things that make you happy the same as the things that make the cheetah happy?
Why are you crying now? Are you happy or sad or just confused?
The illustration for this post is a composite of ink sketches made for INKtober http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
I have been participating in INKtober and posting at least one picture a day on a very friendly and supportive Facebook group where I have my own album