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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: Tigger the chicken dog
By Ginny Winters
05/22/08


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When I was young, an Old English Sheepdog found it’s way to our home out in the

country. I was so excited cause I really wanted a dog and I knew that God had answered

my prayers! Hallelujah! My parents were skeptical, they explained that there was a slim

chance that a pure-bred dog would just show up on our front doorstep not belonging to

anyone. So they put an advertisement in the newspaper and sure enough we got a call.

I was so disheartened to give up my new found friend. The lady she belonged to was so

excited to get her back she promised us “the pick of the litter” from her next batch of

puppies. Months later we got a call saying the puppies were ready, but there was a

mishap! Somehow a poodle got in the mix. I didn’t care, a dog was a dog as far as I was

concerned. My impatient childish “I want it now” attitude couldn’t wait a moment longer

for another batch just to get a purebred. So we brought home a male and called him

“Tigger” because he bounced a lot!



My dog and I had great adventures and we’re inseparable A year later we moved to a

chicken farm in Valleyford, WA. We didn’t know how the dog would react to the

chickens, so we kept him out of the chicken houses. There were four large buildings

which held 10,000 chickens each with 7 birds to a cage. Once in awhile a chicken or two

would get out and it was my job to catch them and put them back into the cage.



One day the door was opened to one of the buildings and Tigger bounced in. I went

dashing after him to catch him before he harmed any of the loose chickens. What I found

was astounding! He had rounded up some chickens and held them in a corner. He never

hurt them at all, he just kept them there for me to pick up and put them back in their

cages. Well, after that episode my job got considerably easier! When I saw a loose bird

I would get Tigger and have him chase it down and hold it for me. We were a dynamic

team; smoother than Simon and Garfunkel, faster than a fighter jet, more powerful than a

punch line. Life was grand and I was nine!


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Sara Harricharan 05/22/08
Cute! I love the name Tigger and especially how he helped with rounding up the chickens-that is a tough job! The ending paragraph summed it up wonderfully-great work! ^_^
Debbie Wistrom05/22/08
I love this tale. Especailly the last line.

A bouncy dog, gotta love it!
Cherie Millsap12/16/08
Valley Ford? That's where my cousin lives... N E Way! I love the tigger story! You need to write more stories! I love and miss them! Cherie