Janice stooped to look under the kitchen table. Seeing the dog’s chew toy and part of a rawhide, she shook her head and stood.
“Now, where the hell did she go with it?” Standing with her hands on her hips, she chewed her lower lip as she tried to think. She hadn’t found a trace of her cleats.
She glanced at the wall clock. An hour till gametime.
Desperate, she called, “Lucy, come here girl!”
Toenails clicking on the hardwood floor signaled the Chocolate Lab’s approach. When Lucy reached the kitchen, she dropped the half-eaten shoe and wagged her tail.