Wednesday, September 30, 2020

From the Crest of a Hill

 The car parked next to the field, and the man opened the door.  Two dogs leaped out, tails wagging and gratitude expressed in every muscle.  The man motioned toward the green field and those dogs took off.


They flew.  The big black retriever ate up the ground with his long strides.  The black and white Border collie glided along the grass behind the bigger dog.  They bounded and rolled with each other, taking turns in the chase, and stopping reluctantly at their owner’s whistle.

The owner held a bright tennis ball, and the dogs lay at his feet in anticipation.  He teased them some, but then lofted the ball far off into the field.

The retriever burst into a full run, hind legs pushing off and front legs leaping forward.  He was fast and soon found the ball.

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Behind him ran the collie.  He had run his best and his fastest, but short legs never beat long legs.  Laws of physics demand consistency.

Again, they waited for the owner’s throw.  Again they raced each other to the ball.  Again, the retriever trotted back with the ball in his mouth, head high and tail waving from side to side.  He dropped the dripping ball at the man’s feet and looked up expectantly for the next throw.

Happy, happy, happy!  I'm so happy....

This time the collie didn’t return to the owner.  Instead, the wee black and white dog stopped half-way, and waited.
In your face, big dog!

The owner sent the ball off into the field.  The collie watched it go overhead, and ran with it, seeing it land in a patch of sea grass.  He plucked it from its perch, and trotted back.  Coming to a braking stop is hard for a locomotive retriever; he rolled head over tail, just as the perky collie carried the ball to the man.

The collie played the game well, getting to the ball first time after time.  The retriever poured on the power, ran his big dog heart out, but lost.  Finally the retriever gave up, and lay down. 

The man whistled and the dogs climbed into the open car door.  They moved slowly, but the retriever moved the slowest of all.

(Observations on a breezy ocean day: 2008)

26 comments:

  1. we truly miss watching our 3 dogs chase like this, then down to two, and donw to one and he is gone, and we have our wonderful big boy who doesn't chase, but i have seen the scene you describe many times

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    1. I hope this brought about those great memories.

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  2. Ahhhh Me'n Ace. I loved to play ball with my dog. He never had any competition, but played like he did.
    Sweet read. The Retriever shoulda got at least one! LOL
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Oh, well. The two of them will go at it once again.

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  3. What a beautiful picture you paint with words. The smart dog figured out how to get the ball, and the black dog just couldn't figure it out, even tho he ran ever so fast.

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    1. Labs are wonderful, energetic, and loyal. Amazing stamina. The collie read the situation well.

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  4. Great story. Both animals had fun and exercise.

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  5. Border (Australian?) shepherds are incredibly intelligent and affectionate dogs. Labs? In their own way.

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  6. Did I ever mention I'm terrified of dogs?

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  7. Awww, that's why Ms. D used to bring two balls, her dogs both had fun that way.

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  8. Sounds like fun. Alas, the roommate's dog does not go for fetch. She's not even much of a walker. Sigh.

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  9. Sounds like fun... Scrappy or Misty neither one pay (paid) attention to toys outside.

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    1. Gr-daughters' dog Lucy is a crazy ball chaser. When I visit, Lucy gets the dripping ball, dropping it at my feet. They have a launcher that sends the ball out there.

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  10. I have a dog that is part Border Collie, part Lab. I guess she'd be in competition with herself!

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  11. Border collies are very smart and fast learners.

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    1. They saw what was needed to be done with Dad on the farm, and then they did it.

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  12. My friend had a retriever who could play ball all day and night. She worn out the humans. :)

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    1. Oh, yes. The retrievers are enthusiastic about those bounding about.

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  13. oh your observations from breezy beach day were so entertaining and intriguing :)

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    1. It was a marvelous day. Watching this and enjoying an ocean breeze, that was one amazing day.

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