Zoey: An Already Perfect Dog

In All About Me, Being Cute, Shelley Widhalm on October 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

Zoey the Cute Dachshund takes a nap with Shelley’s teddy bear.

I do not need revision.

Let me repeat, as the cutest dachshund this side of the Mississippi, I do not need to be altered, changed or embellished in any way.

I just need to hear you say, “You are so cute!”

My BFF Shelley, a very keen writer, is writing about revision this week, which I think is a silly topic.

If you come out cute the first time, what do you need to change?

She says that when revising writing, ask if there any boring parts or parts that are over-explained. Are there parts that are exciting, but feel too rushed?

The boring parts are when Shelley leaves me at home to go to work or out with her friends, excluding me from her fun. The only explanation that is needed is that she’s being unfair, very, very unfair.

As for the exciting parts, that’s when I’m playing, eating or running. I need an audience to watch me eat (the food tastes better that way). I need sounds or the sight of a bird or cat or a dog’s bark for me to run, or a ball or a toy to chase. And as for playing, I don’t do well hanging out by myself.

How do you play tug-of-war when it’s just you at one end of the rope? Or how do you play fetch when no one throws the ball? Or what about chase, you’d be silly running from nothingness.

Writers doing their revising stuff often check to see if their characters are well-developed and seem real, not two-dimensional.

I am very real (and cute, too), as you can see in this photo. The photo was professionally taken and does not need any touching up.

But that’s obvious, because look at the subject of the above photo.


  1. absolutely perfect, right out the box!

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