This is my entry to this weeks Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. If you are seeing the images on Facebook or Twitter and wish to read the whole story please click through to my blog 🙂
There remains scant and incomplete evidence of the Canine Crisis. A few films and some photographs have surfaced over the last few years but the wounds are too fresh to encourage further research.
Healing will take time.
It began with rapid advances in veterinary biotech.
Inadequate government funding for human testing provoked generous crowdfunding for canine projects.
It started with prolonging physical life with artificial limbs and advanced surgical procedures, but later, studies into the causes of canine senility provided opportunities for state of the art cerebral bio-robotic techniques.
These were always destined for humans, of course, but we lost our focus in our love for our pets. Even when they started displaying sentience, we continued to ignore the dangers until it was far too late.
Within a year it became impossible to distinguish between an adorable puppy and an intelligent, trained, killing machine.
There were many casualties on both sides but ultimately the threat to man was averted.
Some specimens have been conserved in compounds where they act as a constant reminder.
This piece of Flash Fiction was inspired by the photo prompt (The Feature Image above © Yinglan). The challenge is organised by Priceless Joy.