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Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Author(s): Andrea Bennett

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s



Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’.

But she’d much rather be at home with her three-legged dog. The dog isn’t ‘hers’ exactly – they were both strays, and belong to each other. That’s why she doesn’t wear a collar. And that’s why Mitya The Exterminator took her away. And that’s why old Vasily was arrested and thrown in to jail. And then Galina had to call on Zoya, who had to call on that old fixer, Grigory, up in Moscow. And that’s when they all went clubbing.

Filled to the brim with pickle, misadventure and tears, Galina Petrovna’s Dog Story will leave you smiling at every page.

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Yes, it’s the drab 90s in Russia. Perfectly captured! With a charming story of an elderly woman trying to reconnect with her 3-legged dog

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021