The small dog had been following him for weeks. Even at work. Even in the shower. It trotted beside him now, as streams of office drones headed out for the restaurants.
"That lady isn't looking," the dog said. "Steal her purse. Eat her lipstick."
He ignored it and kept walking.
"You can make it. Run across the street ahead of that bus."
"Look," he said, "even if you were real, your advice is clearly terrible. Why would I do anything except the opposite of whatever you say?"
The dog paused thoughtfully. "Don't take off your pants. Avoid running around naked."