Day 17: Pets
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Just got to shout out @thebookwormfairy because i love your Captian the Retired Police Dog Au and pet_foolery of Pixie and Brutus who were an inspiration for this
Damian was looking everywhere for Titus and Ace to take them for a walk. Unfortunately for him he couldn’t find either of them anywhere. He checked the kitchen, the cave, the living rooms, his room and they weren’t there.
As he was passing Mari’s room and her sewing room, he heard her sewing machine stop.
“Hey Qamri have you seen” he started as he walked in and he saw them “Titus and Ace” he finished in a huff crossing his arms still holding the the leads.
“They’ve been here all morning” she gave a small laugh as she secured a new bandana on Ace.
“They always are” he grumbled. “You need your own pet”
As soon as he said it a huge smile was on his face as well as his sister’s. Once they made eye contact they raced out of the sewing room Ace and Titus close on their heels.
They ran through the manor looking for their father. They stopped at his study but he wasn’t there. They turned around bumping into Drake but none of them said anything. They passed through the gym but to no avail and as they rushed through Todd seemed to eye them.
They went trough the living room but no one was there. So they went down to the cave, where they found him.
“Father/Dad” they called out at the same time.
He turned around from the monitor.
“Yes Wh..” he was cut off by Todd.
“What the hell is going on” Todd yelled “You two tore through the manor and Demon spawn is smiling so this can’t be good.”
“Wait what is going on” Grayson asked from next to their father.
“I would like to know that as well” Father finally answered.
“Can I get a pet?” Mari asked “I’ll be responsible I swear. I already take one of the Kwamii. Please” as she then unleashed her puppy eyes.
“Please Father” he asked as well.
“Of course, only another pet could get that Demon to smile” they heard Todd grumble.
“At least he’s asking” Drake seemed to responded.
“Fine” Father relented with a sigh. “But only one and Mari gets to pick them out”
As soon as he said that they heard Jason leave the cave grumbling.
“Yes” Mari cheered running up to father giving him a hug and a kiss on the cheek before they both ran out of the cave.
He and Mari got to the garage where they saw Jason.
“I’m driving” he responded “I don’t trust that Demon here to not come back with just one” he finished as Mari got in the car.
The drive to the shelter was mostly filled with suggestions and debate between what pet she would choose. As well as mumbled grumbles from Jason
Whether it would be dog or a cat. A cat to be a friend with Alfred or a dog of her own.
She also thought of possibly a bird or hamster. Both were rejected on the premise of Alfred.
Then she thought of maybe a rabbit. At this point she just seemed to quiet down and was lost in thought.
As the three exited the car and made their way in Jason’s grumbles continued “Maybe it’ll be a bunny, their quiet, with flappy ears” Damian just had to chuckle of that.
Stepping into the shelter she couldn’t believe how many animals were there. She knew that she wanted to find every one of them a home. But she also remembered that Dad said only one pet.
“Do you guys mind if I walk the kennels alone?”
“Go for it” Jason replied almost immediately.
“But "Damian started but Jay-Jay pulled him away before he could argue.
The puppies and kittens were the closest to the entrance. She crouched down and they excitedly went up to her before playing with one another again.
She continued down until the end of the hall way she turned around and that was when she saw him. The name on the information sheet was Sentinel. He was a German Shepard which may have been why he was isolated.
He was curled up on the bed in his kennel, his head down watching her.
She didn’t know why but she sat down in the hallway.
"Hi there” she spoke softly smiling. “I’m Marinette” he perked up and seemed to study her before standing up and walking over to the gate.
At this they watched one another before he sat down. She reached towards him and offered to have him smell her hand.
He sniffed her and licked her hand as well.
“How did you do that” she heard a voice behind her. She turned to see her brothers and an employee who was the one who spoke.
“Do what?” she asked for clarification.
“Sentinel here wouldn’t let anyone near him and here he is licking your hand.”
“Oh” she could only answer.
“Why wouldn’t he let anyone near him?’ Jason asked worried.
"He was a military dog who lost his handler”
“Why didn’t he get a new handler then?” Mari asked.
“We think they tried but he didn’t respond to them well. So he was placed here”
She looked back at the dog in-front of her. the seemed sweet and quiet, but also fiercely loyal.
“Do you want to come home with us?” she asked placing her hand just inside the gate. He looked over at Damian and Jason and seemed to size them up.
After which he hugged my band with is nose and licked her again. Now having her attention he stood up wagging his tail and gave a short bark.
“I believe that means yes” Damian almost seemed to laugh.
The employee went to take him for grooming while we went to fill out the adoption papers. Sentinel looked over at her, to which she nodded, and he left without a hassle. Much to the relief of the employee it seemed.
Afterwards they went to the pet store to get him a few chew toys, collar, lead, and a dog bed. After that they went to the vet to get him chipped and to double check his vaccinations before heading home.
Once at the Manor he seemed to get along well with both Titus and Ace. Alfred, the cat, gave him a lazy glance before returning to a nap. But the entire time he didn’t leave her side.
He took a quick liking to Dick and Damian, Dick she’s pretty sure it’s cause she laughed at something he did. And Damian because he respected Sentinel’s space and possibly a bit of bribery.
He seemed natural with everyone else.
Except when anyone seems to need or loose something, which he finds faster than you could even ask.
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