I think the mixture of old and new worked nicely, since you planted your anachronisms with good judgement and also, because Fran mentioned the Dark Ages. That was funny. Good read; into my Fav'es you go!
I loved it and I would have adored a fairy tale like this growing up The mixture of old and new works wonderfully - I don't think there's any way you could improve it, to be honest. Well done and congrats on the DD
Hey, I just wanted to say, the old and the new works splendidly to bring in something entirely original and funny! I read this out loud to my sister...we're both sitting at our kitchen table on our computers, and we couldnt help but laugh at poor Marmaduke's circumstances. Wow, what an interesting spin on a 'traditional' sounding fairy tale! You kept us well entertained and it was a great start to what will hopefully be a great morning. Well, anyway, have a great day and stay safe! Tootles for now!
(This is where I would send you some copy-and-pasted message about how I featured your piece in an article, but seeing as you've already faved said article and know about said contest, I'm just here to alert you that I added your piece to said contest article feature.)