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Skipper’s Tall Tales: The Brassy Female Cocker Spaniel


The grass is still wet this morning from the storms last night. The rain has made the summer morning less humid. Piper has taken me to the park to walk this morning. The path around the lake is pleasant with the ducks and geese diving for fish.

There is a fisherman nearby with his fishing line baited with a red and white bobbin. I was about to take a morning swim when I saw the brassy female cocker spaniel across the bay. What a beautiful sight she was with her bright golden coat and groomed in classic style. She had a diamond collar with bright pink painted toenails.  She was my dream come true.

I pulled away from Piper and dove into the lake. The water was cool this morning as I quickly grabbed the red and white bobbin from the fishing line. Nothing was too good to impress my new love. The fisherman did not want to give up the bobbin and began to pull on the line.

I caught the wind in my ears while coming up out of the water and began to fly with the bobbin in my mouth. The fisherman kept pulling back on the line and I was back in the water again. The duck saw the commotion and decided to join in on the fun. He grabbed the bobbin from me as I loosened my grip in reaction to the fisherman’s pull.  He began to swim away with the prize. The fisherman pulled the line again and the duck dropped the bobbin.

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I quickly recovered and sprang into action in the water grabbing the bobbin again. This time when the wind caught my ears I was able to fly faster in the air. The fisherman let go and the red and white bobbin was mine.

Piper had made her way around the bay and was talking to the man with the brassy female cocker spaniel.  I took my prize to this lovely female and presented it as I introduced myself.  Her name was Brandy and she lived not too far down the road.

Brandy was not pleased with my gift and just pushed it aside. Suddenly a strong wind blew indicating another approaching storm. Brandy’s diamond collar broke and began flying in the wind toward the water. I saw my chance and lifted my ears up to catch the wind to be able to fly.

Springing forward into the air I followed the diamond collar into the soaring fountain of water shooting up in the middle of the lake. The diamond collar flew to the left of the fountain and I turned a somersault diving toward the collar.

I almost had the collar when one of the geese decided to fight me for the prize. The goose flew and took the collar to the bay and laid it on the ground. Slowly I dove into the water and swam silently toward the edge.  The diamond collar was in sight when the goose saw me.

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He made a honking noise and flapped his wings in a gesture for me to stay away. For a moment I considered it. Brandy winked her long eye lashes at me and again I swam toward the shore.

The goose walked away from the lake for a moment and I sprang into action. Bouncing off the water and catching the wind I flew full speed into the air and grabbed the diamond collar.

I flew to where Brandy was standing and presented her with the collar. Her brown eyes gleamed as she put the collar back on.  My new love claimed that I was her hero and that we should meet again soon.

Piper was ready to go and reconnected my collar to the leash. I bounced with pride as I walked away from Brandy. She was truly the cocker spaniel of my dreams. I was so entranced in my dreams that I almost walked past the apple pie without noticing it sitting in front of her.

After my last apple pie incident where I almost died Piper has been careful not to give me anymore apples. Seeing Brandy with this apple pie was more than I could resist. Using my Skipper flying powers I transcended the wind again and began to fly toward the pie.

Stealing the pie away from Brandy was easy and I swooped down and grabbed it. It was not even a difficult choice for me. I cringed at the thought of not having that apple pie. Brandy was furious and declared that she never wanted to see me again.

Piper just shook her head as left the lake. I have no regrets about the pie. It was less work than trying to impress that brassy cocker spaniel.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce



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Skipper’s Tall Tales: Beach Vacation


The sun is shining brightly on the beach this morning. I notice the sparkling on the sand as Piper takes me for a walk down the beach. We are on vacation and Piper is humming as the waves splash across our feet.

I take notice of some dolphins swimming in the surf not far from us. They are so close with their fins dancing on top of the waves as we pass by. I decide to go and join in the fun with them. Quickly catching the wind my ears begin to flap and I fly to the spot where the dolphins are swimming.

Taking a dive into the water I was able to spring onto the back of the dolphin as he was coming out of the water. The dolphin was shocked when he saw me and began to go faster in the water. Jumping up out of the water trying to shake me off it felt like I was riding a bull in a rodeo.

Faster we went through the waves until the other dolphins decided to join in the fun. I used my leash to maneuver the dolphin until the other dolphins jumped over us and caused me to fall. My ears quickly caught the wind and I flew through the air back to the beach where Piper was waiting. She was laughing at my antics and sat down on the sand as I landed near her.

Our walk continued until it was time for lunch. We stopped at a beach side café and found a spot in the shade. The band was playing fun beach music as I listened contently by the picnic table. Piper bought me a snack. I ate the food and was almost asleep when suddenly the aroma of apple pie caught my attention.

Apple pie is my favorite dish. From times past this pie has gotten me into trouble. This time the apple pie was sitting next to the drummer in the band. Piper was talking to some people around us and did not notice me slowly inching up to the stage next to the apple pie.

I jumped for the pie and did a somersault over the bass player . It was time for the drum solo as I pounced on the drums and kept the beat of the music. The apple pie was in site as the solo ended. I quickly jumped again and grabbed the pie before hitting the ground. The drummer was amazed at how well I did his solo and was not angry that his pie was now gone. I love summer vacations.

Piper said it was time to go and rest. We left the beach side café and headed toward the beach house. The sun was hot and muggy with an afternoon thunderstorm approaching. Piper took a nap as I listened to the rumbling thunder and watched the lightening strikes in the distance. It was a pleasant time to sleep with the lullaby of the falling rain. I tapered down to a wonderful dream.

Late in the afternoon after the thunderstorm Piper took me back to the beach for some surfing. My bright yellow surf board was easy to ride in the waves that were still high. Piper took her blue board and headed out to the spot where it was easy to catch the waves.

I decided to go a little farther out to wait on a few larger waves. Sitting on the board the current slowly brought me inland. All of the sudden a huge wave caught the board and I was flying high in the sky. Going in and out of the wave I decided to do a few tricks on the way in. Letting the wind from the water capture my ears I flew up into the air and did a double back flip.

The water from the wave splashed in my face as I safely landed on the surf board. The surf was faster now as I approached the beach. It was time for one more somersault before I reached land.

There were many people on the beach watching this site. When I got back to shore several people wanted to take pictures of me with the board. I posed for several and acquired a few treats before returning to Piper.

We returned to the beach house to watch the sun set. It had been a glorious day on the beach. The bright red and orange colors in the clouds were beautiful and fun to observe. I quickly took a few photographs before falling asleep. Tomorrow is a new day and more adventure awaits us on this summer vacation.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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