It's week 25 of the Year of Stories, so you all get to read what I think is one of the better entries in the series so far, This Wretched Dog. It's a classical science fiction tragedy, in the tradition of Frankenstein (though of course I would never claim to match that level of greatness). Here's a synopsis:
It all started with this wretched dog. My wife put the thought into the children's heads, though she claims they picked up the idea elsewhere. I should have been firmer. I should have ignored their bleating and whimpering. But I succumbed, I gave in to my sympathy. Now look what has become of me.