Rapid City, SD—Sitting on a chair in the kitchen, local pug Munchkin feels confident that her owner has not yet noticed that she is transfixed by the caramel marshmallow pie cooling on the counter.
Munchkin smelled the pie while it was in the oven.
“I was upstairs eating one of Master’s Crocs,” Munchkin told a reporter, “But at some point I smelled something even more tremendous than that baking downstairs, so I came to investigate.”
Despite several sessions of whining and scratching at the leg of her owner, the oven door stayed closed for the duration of the baking process.
Her owner, Joline Hurst, is currently busy cutting carrots for the other dish she plans to take to a church potluck tomorrow morning. We asked whether she was aware of Munchkin’s interest in the pie.
“You mean my dog that is literally drooling while staring at the pie I just set out?” asked Hurst. “No, I don’t see her. And no, I’m not thinking about putting her in a pie the second she tries to eat it.”
She finished by glaring at Munchkin. Munchkin gave a quick glance, but was unable to ascertain the implied meaning due to the distracting pie sucking her attention back toward its glowing sweetness.
“I’m suuuure excited about that pie,” Hurst said loudly while ripping apart some lettuce. “Gosh, if something happened to it, I might just decide to throw the rest of the dog treats away.”
Munchkin reports that while a part of her felt like she should be reading between the lines of that last comment, the warm marshmallow aroma was making it difficult to understand.
“Wowie, I’m really looking forward to this potluck. I bet a lot of people are going to be happy to see this magnificent, unmolested pie when they get there,” Hurst finished, turning around to face Munchkin. “So happy.”
Her efforts at this point were in vain, as Munchkin was now so thoroughly enraptured by the pie’s presence that she had stopped paying attention to most external stimuli.
Our reporter pressed for more details on Munchkin’s plans for the pie.
“Well, I think I’ll probably sneak it away while she’s not looking. Trouble is, that would require me looking away long enough to see whether she isn’t looking, and I’m not sure I’m ready to do that. Honestly, I might just skip the sneaking part and go for it right here.”
At press time, Hurst was glowering at Munchkin and dramatically sharpening a knife while Munchkin continued to drool.