labcoatgirl: (scared over the shoulder)
Betty isn't sure what happened. She can't remember what happened prior to this.

Everything feels wrong. Like her body is in the wrong position. But when she goes to stand up, she's still too short. There's too many smells in her nose, Betty giving her head a shake. When she does that, she can feel her soft ears moving on her head.

It's not till she does a complete circle that she realizes the situation.

She's a dog.

How could this happen?? she wants to say out loud. Instead, it comes out as a whine and a yip, something that surprises her. It's wet and damp where she is, Betty trying to walk on all fours to the end of the alley. It's pouring rain out there, her coat is already matted and soaked. She sits under an awning, trying to wait till it stops. Racking her poor dog brain to figure out a way out of this.

Date: 2012-10-07 03:57 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
It feels like waking up from an episode, as far as being lost and clueless goes. Where he is, where he's been, what's happened, are all questions swimming in his head as he opens his eyes in the rain. He's tired, soggy and unhappy, but that's nothing new. With a sigh he goes to stand, only to have his legs tie themselves up and he drops back to the ground with an oof that sounds more like a muffled woof.

He groans, another sound that is off and he closes his eyes, giving his head a shake, feeling his ears and jowls flap. He whines at the sensation and then with a worried look on his face, he turns his head to view the long, tan and lanky body which is apparently his now.

What? His ears pull forward in confusion as he carefully pulls himself back onto his long legs and spins slowly in place, almost a parody of chasing his tail as he tries to take in what could possibly have caused such an unpredictable situation.

Once he's accepted the odd reality he looks around and sees another dog looking as miserable as himself, but sitting intelligently underneath an awning. With a groan, he keeps his head low in submission and trots toward the small dog.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:00 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (I don't want to hear it)
Betty keeps lifting one front paw, then the other to try and keep them dry. But it's all for naught.

Another scent fills her nose as a large dog is coming towards her. Alarmed, she jumps back, yapping a warning.

Back off, or I'll...I'll do something drastic, I will! I'm not afraid of you!

Actually she was. Very afraid. That dog could probably eat her if he wanted to but she wasn't going down without a fight.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:12 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
The little dog starts yapping and it takes Bruce a moment to realize it's probably because of his size. His ears drop back and somehow he manages to bring his head a little lower toward the ground.

He looks around, as if trying to convey that there isn't any other dry places to sit before hesitating and then flopping down next to the building, still out in the rain but tucking up against the cold brick as tight as he can, as if it might help block some of the rain.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:15 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (thinking deeply)
It's not till he lays down that Betty realizes she's probably the one scaring him. Her barking cuts off with a curious whine. She sits for a moment before trotting around the corner to see if he's okay.

Coming up slowly to sniff him because it seems the right thing to do. Sort of a tentative hello.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:21 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Bruce keeps his head on the ground, his ears perking as the small dog comes over to investigate. He sniffs back without lifting his massive head and gives a small whine in return, pointedly looking back at the awning. He doesn't meant to intrude, but perhaps he might be able to move under there if it's alright?

Date: 2012-10-07 04:23 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (hello Bruce)
She looks back at where she had been under the awning. Well.....okay. Betty woofs once, tail wagging encouragingly before trotting back over to her spot. Waiting for him to follow.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:33 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Bruce is a little slow and unsteady on those giant legs, but at least he shakes off before heading over to the slightly drier location and sitting with his back to the wall, making certain to leave the other dog plenty of room. He gives a low grunt of appreciation toward this other dog and then lowers his head again, trying to let the smaller animal know he really wasn't a threat.

If he were in the mood, it'd almost be amusing to realize he did the same things as a human to keep from being noticed or threatened in his normal life as well.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:41 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (hello Bruce)
She makes a keening noise, sort of an apology. I'm not used to this. The setting was miserable enough without having to get used to the fact she was a dog.

Even with the fur, she was cold, starting to lift her front feet again in turn. Her stomach was rumbling too, reminding her she hadn't eaten. Betty paces back and forth a bit before sitting again and sniffing the larger dog more curiously this time. You're quiet for a big dog.

Date: 2012-10-07 04:46 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Bruce knows that wet and miserable feeling very intimately and sighs as he feels his stomach rumble in kind. When she comes over and sniffs at him again, he carefully lowers himself so he's laying on the ground and has his muzzle at her nose level, his warm breath focused on those tiny little paws. He's been a stray long enough as a human, that he knows even among animals a little kindness can go a long way. He just wishes there was more food around.

Perhaps if the rain lets up a little, they can go looking together because this whole having a large nose and all the smells he's picking up with it is a little overwhelming, and it's taking quite a bit of effort actually, to keep himself as calm as he appears.

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Date: 2012-10-07 10:27 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Well, that's the risk with that, but if I bury it deep enough, it might help hide it better. Bruce looks around, and finally notices a uniquely shaped tree surrounded by a few bushes.

There. He trots over and looks around. He's mostly concealed at least in the brush and sets the burger well out of the way as he paws at the ground a couple times to make certain he can dig, and then goes at the soft earth in earnest.

Date: 2012-10-07 10:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (thinking deeply)
She sits nearby, trying to ignore the fresh smell of dirt. Who knew it could smell so good? It made her paws itch so she laid down to try and keep herself in check. Setting her slim nose on her front paws with a sigh.

I wish I knew what happened to cause this. They could try to get back to Culver and try to get someone's attention. But that could be a tricky thing to do.

Date: 2012-10-07 10:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Huh? Bruce has managed a pretty deep hole by now and pokes his head out at Betty, barely able to hear her. His nose and paws are covered in dirt as he peeks out at her.

Who knows, with everything that's happened. We could have, dropped into a parallel reality, or turned into dogs, or swapped bodies... He shakes his head, not really liking the idea of a dog running around in his skin and sticks his head back in the hole to test how deep it is, his tail wagging behind him.
Edited Date: 2012-10-07 10:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-07 10:47 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (Default)
She pants, amused at him covered in dirt, half inside the hole. You digging to China?

Betty moves up behind him quick to give him a playful shove into the hole. And then bounds away, tail and tongue flapping in the breeze.

Date: 2012-10-07 10:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Whoah! Bruce's back legs kick out before he manages to extract himself from the hole and shakes his head, sending drool and dirt every which way. He gives a playful, yet reserved woof as she runs away, and he's quick to dump the burger into the hole. He makes a half-effort to refill it, but then gives up, taking a couple lanky bounds after Betty.

What was that for? But he can't hide that dopey Dane smile on his face as he pants.

Date: 2012-10-07 10:56 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (hello Bruce)
I don't know! It was fun. She barks gleefully, glad that she can finally run again. She weaves in and out of the bushes, daring him to catch her. Can't catch meeee!

Date: 2012-10-07 11:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
His ears push forward as he watches her zoom around and he barks at her.

Hey! No fair! He lopes after her, doing less weaving and more bulldozing through the bushes after her.

Date: 2012-10-07 11:10 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (Default)
She yips as he catches up easily, taking off at a full run across the grassy expanse of the park. When she can't run anymore, she flops down, panting happily under a tree and turning on her side to pretend to be caught. Ahhh, you got me! Laughing all the while.

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Date: 2012-11-24 06:35 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
I know, but how else are we going to get inside? Bruce feels bad, but sometimes he had to do what he had to do. At least that action reveals Betty's injured paw. The fur matted slightly with a little blood and it catches Stan's attention immediately.

"Oh, well why didn't you two say so? Come on. Just behave yourselves, alright?" Stan leans over, Betty's small enough to pick up before he opens the door for Bruce and himself.

Date: 2012-11-24 06:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (lovely hair)
Betty had almost forgotten about her paw, it had gone numb for awhile now. She gets up quickly as Stan is leaning to pick her up, not sure how she feels about this. She tries not to wriggle as they're taken inside and upstairs to the small apartment Stan has up there. We're inside...he's carrying me, this is so weird.

Date: 2012-11-24 06:50 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Well, it's warm and dry. Bruce's dopey grin looks up at her from fairly close to eye-height with Stan carrying her. Now that they're indoors, he's starting to realize how thin his own coat is as he gets feeling back in his long legs.

Stan leads the way upstairs, and then puts her down just inside the kitchen, pulling out some bowls for water and food.

"Alright you two. Better not make a mess while I'm downstairs. I'll be right back."

Date: 2012-11-24 07:00 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (Default)
Betty is resolved to be the perfect guest...er...pet. She sits immediately, quelling any impulses to run around and smell everything. She tries to say thank you, but it just comes out as barks and yips. Stan seems to understand though as she gets down to drink, rubbing her ears. And then he's gone.

Betty laps at the dish, grabbing at it with her paws at first to try and figure out how to drink like this. But eventually she gets the hang of it. So thirsty...

Date: 2012-11-24 07:10 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Bruce likewise, stands off to the side and waits patiently for Stan to settle things and then leave. Betty gets first go at the water dish. It's thankfully a full-sized bowl, which is going to be helpful for Bruce. Once Betty finishes, he steps up, standing over her and gives it a go, struggling with his height so he has to kneel on his front legs a bit to reach the bowl.

Me too. Ugh, why am I so tall?

Date: 2012-11-24 07:12 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (Default)
She nudges at his flanks. Here, lay down and drink, you'll be closer to the bowl. She's trying to be helpful.

It was nice to be inside for a change. It was warm and dry. Betty wanders over to the couch and sniffs along the cushions. Balking at getting up on it because they were supposed to not make a mess.

Date: 2012-11-24 07:16 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mas-stretchy.livejournal.com
Oh, right. He laughs inwardly at himself, the sound coming out like a muffled grunt as he gets onto his belly and laps up the water. That pizza was great but oh man, good old H2O. He looks up, water dribbling from his muzzle as he licks his chops. You didn't drool in this, did you?

He's happy enough to be inside that he's trying to be funny now.

Date: 2012-11-24 07:18 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] labcoatgirl.livejournal.com
ext_1359443: (Default)
She looks like she's smiling. I didn't drool in it. I'm a lady.

Finally, Betty compromises by pulling a blanket off the couch onto the floor, bringing it over to the kitchen floor to lay down on. It was big enough they could both manage.

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