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A neighbour of mine, Mary, gave me a call last week saying she had spotted something strange a few blocks down from our street and needed me to come right away.

When I arrived she pointed to a big plastic suitcase in an alley that seemed to be moving with puffs of smoke seeping through the zips. There was a padlock on the side and I couldn’t see any holes in the casing, whatever was inside, someone had locked it in there on purpose.

I pulled out a pair of pliers and flame retardant gloves and quickly got to work. A plume of smoke and embers billowed out as I flipped the lid open. The smell of burning plastic filled my nostrils as I wafted the smoke away.

Curled up in a ball with its legs tucked under its chin was a young Growlithe. I carefully lifted it out to look it over. It had some molten plastic in its fur where it had tried to burn its way out of the case but thankfully wasn’t hurt.

I took off my jacket and scooped him up under my arm. I could feel my heart racing and a wave of deep anger rising in my stomach. I tried my best to focus on the pup rather than the monsters that did this to him as I made my way to my front door.

Once inside I set up a sand bath for him (avoid cleaning fire types with water) and brushed some ‘flame oil’ through his fur, making sure to get out any of the plastic that remained.

I was glad to see he was eager to eat and drink when I gave him a bowl of water and some leftovers I had in the fridge. Making him a bed in the living room, my Ditto ‘Squeak’ took particular interest in him. It curled up next to him and watched as he slept.

In the morning I could hear the sound of clicking nails moving around on my wooden floorboards downstairs. I came down to find that Squeak had transformed into a mimic Growlithe and they were playing together, having gotten into the toy chest. My intention was to re-home him, but they both got along so well that I eventually decided to keep him, naming him ‘Toby’ after an old friend of mine.


Surprise! Thought I would do a special picture for you all as you were all so patient with me! I've been meaning to do this little fella for a while! He is the last, non evolved Pokemon on my list! I hope you like it as long fur is a particular challenge for me!

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BronzeHeart92's avatar

Isn't he just adorable?

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Thanks ๐Ÿ˜

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You're welcome. :)

mreviver's avatar

I hate to say it but I think my favorite part of this piece is the little Great Ball plush, haha! And now I want to see that scene of Squeak laying with the Growlithe!

KieranValmont's avatar

Love it - one of my all-time faves! Only improvement for me would be to remove the "devil horns" he's throwing up with his paws... just looks odd

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Thanks ๐Ÿ˜ but thats just how Growlithe are, if I remove them it would be removing a fundamental part of its design. It would be like removing Pikachus red cheeks

Slinkgirl95's avatar

MOM CAN WE KEEP HIM?! Anyway I just love this. I have always loved dogs I mean who doesn't. I also like the Great Ball toy here too, lol.

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AbsborTheCat's avatar

Such a pretty story

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Now I wanna pet the CUTIE!:heart:

(Dude, I feel like I could be in this room right now, the modeling is that good. I don't see any uncanny valley here.)

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

your welcome ๐Ÿ™

K4nK4n's avatar

He looks like my fluffy cat!!

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Fluffypuppy77's avatar

Good doggo! sorry some MONSTER! Shoved you in a small space.

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thepenguinrapist's avatar

A fire-breathing dog? Exactly what I need. No seriously, I would train him to piss fire into my enemies' yards.

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