Thursday, June 6, 2019

What Thomas Saw

A picnic basket from Davio's
Picnicking in Style

Being a mellow type of guy, Thomas found going on a picnic with wife Penny was pure hell. Penny planned the details right down to salt and pepper, while Thomas would have been quite content with Kentucky Fried and extra coleslaw.

So it was then that Thomas stated in a firm voice to Penny, "I will go for a walk now, just to let the air clear and you to prepare the spread." 

Penny just waved him away and Thomas took off at a fast two-step. Free, free at last! Thank God... 


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Go, Bob! Go!
When he stopped jogging, Thomas settled down on a grassy hill.  Below, in a field, Thomas recognized one of God's gifts on a dull picnic day.

There, some guy opened a side door and two dogs leaped, really leaped out.  

The Guy took out a tennis ball and boy, oh boy, those dogs jumped and bounced.  Big strong black lab leaped up nearly five feet, no kidding. "Here you go, Bob!" And Bob's muscled hind quarters then propelled him about eight feet ahead as he raced after it.

Meanwhile, a black and white border collie watched The Guy with soulful brown eyes, please oh please...The Guy clicked, "Go getter, Jimbo!" And Jimbo took off like a bullet.

By that time, Thomas saw that Bob had already grabbed the ball with big teeth and was on his way back, tail swishing in the wind. Jimbo paused in his sprint, and trotted back to The Guy. Bob lifted his nose. See, Jimbo. In your face.

The Guy hit the ball and sent it whizzing out. Bob and his hind legs took off with all those muscles hurling him out.  Jimbo trotted out about half-way and crouched down.  Watching Bob's dance of victory, Jimbo's eyes followed him speculatively.


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Thomas leaned forward in anticipation, sensing there were politics at play here.

The Guy gave that ball all his youthful training had taught him.  Bob took off, ears flapping.  Jimbo trotted out midway, crouched down, watching Bob. This went on two or three times.

Oh boy, Bob, you're in for it now, Thomas chuckled. 

The Guy hit it again, and Bob took a flying leap, but by this time, Jimbo had the ball and was dancing back before Bob even reached the end of the field. A very confused black lab ran back and Jimbo headed out to rest, again.

The Guy hit the ball, Bob took off and Jimbo came back with the ball. Again and again, Bob gave it all his black lab muscles had, while Jimbo merely danced back.

Thomas counted, Come'on Bob! Get a clue."

At the fourth throw, The Guy hit that ball and Bob merely watched as Jimbo sauntered from his midway post, retrieved the ball, and scampered back. And then another hit, another Jimbo win.  By then, Bob lay down, eyes closed.

The Guy whistled and walked to the car. Both dogs slowly trudged back, with Jimbo jumping up into the car. The Guy gave Bob an extra boost. Off they drove. Defeat and victory.

Thomas smiled and heaved himself up, promptly twisting his ankle.  Well, that's a heck of a thing." 

By the time Thomas hobbled back to Penny's picnic hell, friends had shown up and showered him with sympathy. Penny's eyes sliced and diced him, not saying a word.  

From his perch with his foot elevated and wrapped in ice, Thomas watched from the sides, watching his wife speculatively. She was in her element, the queen of the feast. Thomas was in his, a Jimbo at heart.

P.S. I saw this at a park and was enthralled. I'd have a border collie any time. My dad had one, Cindy, after his children workforce grew up. I swear Dad and Cindy could have handled the livestock by themselves. Smart dogs. Our family had a black/chocolate lab, Buddy. Strong dog, good with our kids.  Whenever he came running at me, I braced.


40 comments:

  1. Nothing like the excitement of big dogs. We always had big dogs and they loved to chase balls.
    RiffTrax Live tonight! You going?

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    1. Not unless it is in San Diego! I will check it out, tho. RiffTrax is one of the greatest hour+, slashing a rotten movie.

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  2. We rescued a black lab/border collie mix and she lived with us for many years. Best dog ever. When our hound dog mix was old and deaf, he got lost in the hills here. One minute he was with us, then gone. After we took her to where we last saw him, she understood, took off, found him and showed us where he was. And he was in a totally different place from where we thought he many have been. Best mix of dog breeds ever!

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    1. A hybrid lab and border collie must be incredible!

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  3. Meant to say: "he may have been." Need to get used to my new keyboard, which is smaller than my old one.

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    1. I would not be happy with those smaller keys.

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  4. I believe you are saying that each of the players in the story ended up with a desired effect. Bob was the first to have success catching the ball and receiving praise. The Jimbo took over and received his praise in the end. Both had a good time. Peggy hosted a marvelous picnic and was roundly praised. Thomas was fussed over because of his injury and enjoyed the attention. Both were happy. It proves that one person's route to happiness can be entirely different that another person could take yet both can be happy with the results.

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  5. I like dogs. Falcor is the first dog I've had as an adult. I had a dog when I was a kid but he wasn't my responsibility.

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    1. The responsibility is the word that says it all.

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  6. What an amazing story, Susan. I had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever I loved dearly. He was the pick of the litter, with a rare red color (chocolate and grass are the two most seen colors of that breed). Early on, I noticed he would catch up to the "fake bird" if it was close. However, if I threw it out too far, he didn't go after it. I suspected he was near sighted. This was a water dog who hated the water. I had to go in first in order for him to go in. He was scared to death of fireworks and hid on July 4th. Any gun had him running for the car. But he loved to eat pizza with me in my bed and was the best lapdog and fiercely loyal animal (and friend) I ever had. His name was Bear and he took good care of his buddy Dog, my cat at the time.

    Thanks for sharing this story and allowing me memories of my dear friend, too.

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  7. I grew up with German Shepherds. I learned to walk pulling myself up on his tail and teethed on those soft velvety ears. He just about crossed his legs ensuring he didn't pull me off my feet, and merely looked when I bit down (he paid me back by draining my bottle every chance he got). This was the same dog that my father exhibited doing 'man-work'. The dog went for heavily padded arms/legs on command. And my father always finished the show by tossing Harris's lead to his toddler daughter. How I loved that dog.

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    1. German Shepherds are amazing dogs. My mom said they had Max when my oldest brother was a toddler. Max was diligent.

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  8. Had dogs all my life. The big ones always had fun and hopped about. Some liked to hop on people a bit when super excited.

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    1. My gr-daughters have Lucy, a mix of all good genes. We had to brace when she came running to greet us. Now, Lucy is a little more controlled.

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  9. Nice to read your story and also the comments about the dogs in peoples lives …

    All the best Jan

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    1. We see people walking their dogs at all hours of the day! Beautiful.

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    1. Jimbo knew that fact. Bob was all brawn, maybe?

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  11. I have a border collie/lab mix we adopted as a pup, after she was dumped out along the road. Runs like the wind, and turns on a dime. The most empathetic dog I've ever had. I swear her eyes look human.

    We also had a lab/beagle mix I picked out at the pound, because he was the runt who hung back out of the melee of wagging puppy tails that greeted us through the gate. He saved our toddler boys from playing with a snapping turtle the size of a dinner plate while we were working in the yard. A steady, loyal dog who waited until the day we went back to school to lay down in the sun and draw his last breath at age 11.

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    1. Both such delightful dogs. A lab/beagle mix would be sweet and loving! Your writing tells me of your great love for these precious friends.

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  12. Oh, dogs, they are such interesting personalities to watch. One friend of mine says they are cold hearted and only in it for what they can get for themselves, but i cannot agree.

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    1. I agree with you! Dogs have big hearts. A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey" are movies you should see.

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  13. My grandma had a black lab. We lived within walking distance of her when I was growing up. It was a pleasant walk but we did have to cross a few streets. We got home one time from a visit and lo and behold, Midnight was at our door. He'd followed us home and nobody even knew how or when he got out! Thank goodness he was okay. My mom called my gram and boy was she surprised!!! Loved that dog!! He was a total sweetheart.

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  14. I love border collies too, our first family dog when the kids were old enough to take part of the caring was a border collie German shepherd mix, smartest dog I ever knew.

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  15. Whenever I throw the ball in the park my dog looks at me as if to say, "You threw it. You go and get it!"

    God bless.

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  16. Great story, Susan. We used to have a black lab that we rescued when we lived in Alaska. My wife calls him the best dog ever.

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    1. Black labs have so much personality and intuitiveness.

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  17. A very neat tale. I love dogs. I live in a house on a very busy road that is not a good place for them. I do have house cats which are also very cool creatures.

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    1. Cats are so amazing creatures. Our son had Scuba, a big black tom. He lived 14 yrs.

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  18. Dogs might rule the world in its next version. No kidding; it's already happening in Chernobil. Wildlife has taken over there. Perhaps they'll do it better than humans.

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    1. Chernobil returning to a natural state would be something to see.

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  19. Excellent tail:) I've never had a border collie, but I hear they are wonderful dogs.

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    1. They are great dogs. Great on farms, as family pets, and just a comfort pet, border collies are awesome.

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  20. Wow you have amazing skills to hold mind still dear Susan :)

    i hope you will write a book as you are extraordinary writer

    this was cherished story indeed !

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    1. I am thinking of a book that compiles my stories, with no plot to follow, just random in its story telling.

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