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StartleSomething woke Spike. Without opening his eyes, he listened. There were faint street noises, but nothing from the apartment. He mentally shrugged and snuggled back into bed.

"Stop it!" Followed by muffled thumping.

An urgent whisper from outside the bedroom woke Spike completely.

"I mean it. Get off me and get your tongue out of my mouth."

Spike flew out of bed to defend Dawn and stopped dead in the doorway.

A slobbering chocolate Labrador was begging at the end of the sofa, his tail beating a tattoo on the floor. Dawn was ignoring Buster's plea for food as she had enough to deal with at the moment.

Dawn was standing behind the sofa. A wriggling, over enthusiastic Siberian Husky had his rear feet planted on the back of the sofa and his front paws around Dawn's neck, his tail had gone beyond wagging and was spinning like a propeller. The dog, puppy really, was licking Dawn's face.

"The Ginger Snaps are mine. Once I eat them, you can't take them out of my mouth." The pup stopped, looked at Dawn, then jumped onto the sofa cushions before disappearing into the bedroom, nearly tripping Spike over in the process.

As Spike recovered his footing, he looked up to see a bushy tail disappearing under the bed covers. "What was that?" Spike jerked a thumb behind him at the bedroom as he absented scratched the top of Buster's head. He noted that Dawn didn't look particularly upset by being assaulted by a canine vacuum cleaner, in fact she wore a ridiculously happy grin.

"That was Levi."

"And..." Buster leaned harder against Spike's leg, tilting his head to the side to encourage Spike to scratch him just below his ears.

"Rachel's place is getting painted, so I volunteered to babysit."

Buster had managed to get Spike to crouch beside him and scratch his throat the way he liked. Nose to the ceiling, he swivelled his head in delight. "I've still lost the plot on the white tornado that's taken up residence in our bed."

"Isn't he the most adorable dog. Rachel could resist him. He's got the biggest brown eyes and he's so soft and he's clever and he smells delicious..."

"And he's called Levi?"

"It's short for Leviathan."

On hearing his name mentioned, Levi shot out of the bedroom, successfully flattening Spike this time. The dog stood on Spike's chest, a big doggy grin on his face.

"I'm guessing that's because he has enormous paws." Levi's feet weren't excessively large, but Spike could be forgiven his mistake as his perspective was somewhat skewed by a paw that smacked him in the nose. He distracted the dog by scratching his cheeks, which turned him in a warm puddle of puppy goo that happily melted onto Spike before sliding off with a thump.

Dawn giggled as Buster wiggled between Spike and Levi to vie for attention. It looked like both dogs had decided Spike had the magic fingers that brought doggy nirvana if Levi's dopey expression and lazily circling rear leg were anything to go by.

"No, he's called Leviathan because he likes to sleep under the covers at the foot of the bed like a beast in the deep."

Spike sat up and looked at Dawn, resuming his scratching routine at the insistent nudges of the two dogs. "We really should have a chat to Rachel about her naming criteria. If she names her dogs Barnes Wallis and Leviathan, I fear for her future children."

"I was thinking of asking her how Levi got a taste for Ginger Snaps." Levi's head swivelled in her direction at the mention of the biscuit. "Look, he even knows what they're called."

Spike sighed. It was going to be a long night.

spikedawnchallenge #4: affectionate
Part of the London!verse
Levi's introduction can be seen in moonbeamsfanfic's Covetous


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26th Feb, 2005 07:15 (UTC)
Cute. :)
26th Feb, 2005 07:23 (UTC)
Puppies are always cute. Unless you wake up to them standing on your chest and mistakening believe you're having a heart attack.
26th Feb, 2005 08:08 (UTC)
Okay, that was beyond adorable! I'm grinning like a fiend here, I loved this so much. You really know how to bring the dogs to life, Wolf, make me wish I actually had them more and more everyday. Hell, guaranteed if I ever see that husky-pup again I'm gonna lure him away from his owner and claim him as my own. (Hmm, wonder if he really would like Ginger Snaps? ;P)

And your description of the pods' reactions to Spike's scritches was priceless! ::giggles:: Hee, puppy-ooze!

Ugh, damnit, I want them! ::pouts:: Desire, thy name is Moonbeam...
26th Feb, 2005 08:16 (UTC)
It appears that Tonka's tastes gravitate to junk and Apache's lean more to dog treats. Tonka loves Ginger Snaps and crystallised ginger. Will leap into my arms and try to extract Tim Tams from my mouth. Both adore liquorice.

They're funny beasties. Am glad to hear you enjoyed this.
26th Feb, 2005 11:01 (UTC)
Poor Spike! But adorable dogs. Loved it!
27th Feb, 2005 08:44 (UTC)
Levi's behaviour is modelled on my Husky. Aren't you glad you have cats? Although with several, they may launch a coordinated attack.
26th Feb, 2005 15:30 (UTC)
"I mean it. Get off me and get your tongue out of my mouth."

LOL! Now that's a great line for Spike to hear upon waking. Adorable fic!
27th Feb, 2005 08:45 (UTC)
If you eat Tim Tams in my house it will be you saying that to my Husky. He expects you to share.
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27th Feb, 2005 08:47 (UTC)
Spike wasn't the one with a mouthful of dog tongue. Dogs do make life interesting.
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27th Feb, 2005 08:49 (UTC)
Levi's model for behaviour is lying on the lounge at my feet. He can be adorable, until food is on offer, then it's not yours until you've swallowed it.
26th Feb, 2005 18:43 (UTC)

Spike, Dawn, and PUPPIES!!! What else could I ask for? Loved it!
27th Feb, 2005 08:52 (UTC)
Puppies are always good. Waking up to a Husky standing on your chest and trying to lick the inside of your mouth is probably not one of their more endearing habits.
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27th Feb, 2005 08:53 (UTC)
Thanks. Babysitting dogs can be a bigger issue than it sounds at first.
27th Feb, 2005 02:14 (UTC)
Awww! I love how overenthusiastic puppies get. Cute!
27th Feb, 2005 08:56 (UTC)
I've been getting enthusiastic greetings from a pair of over enthusiastic caramel Border Collies. Their humans are horrifies by the way they bounce on me a give me kisses, but it's so sweet. My dogs love checking out the strange dogs smells when I get home.
27th Feb, 2005 03:44 (UTC)
You're making me miss my dog (who is in NJ with my parents). You are evil.

*really, really wishes she had a dog to scratch and pet and take for walks and get up at unconscionable hours to feed and let outside...*

The last sentence is a run-on.
27th Feb, 2005 03:51 (UTC)
Now you're making me wish the same thing (mine died two years ago). *whimpers, but knows getting a dog would scare the living daylights out of my cat*
27th Feb, 2005 06:31 (UTC)
Fortunately, I am allergic to cats so I will never have this problem. :-D
27th Feb, 2005 09:02 (UTC)
Sorry about your pod.

Don't get a Husky with a cat. I think my Malamute would probably be fine with a cat that stood up for itself, she seems to find them fascinating. The Husky sees them as exciting furry toys that want to play chase.
27th Feb, 2005 20:30 (UTC)
My last dog and my last cat got along great, but Sparkles was a Jack Russel, and Rainbow wasn't really bothered by anything, other than a human deciding to hold her if it wasn't her idea. Blaze, however, is still getting used to everyone who isn't me; never knew a cat could be a mama's-boy.
27th Feb, 2005 08:59 (UTC)
Sorry. Puppy missing not good.

Thanks for the catch.
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