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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

TITLE: Here Again, Gone Again
By LaRue Kendrick


Here Again, Gone Again

I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the huge, brown dog standing on our lawn. At first I was frightened by his size and unfamiliarity. However, his tail began to wag when he saw me, and there were no threatening signs to indicate that I was in danger.

As the day wore on, the dog made himself right at home and was even playing with our own small dog outside. They would disappear around the corner of a building and then re-appear in another part of our farm yard. Eventually, the dog must have decided to go elsewhere because he just wasn’t in our yard anymore.

Later in the week, I happened to visit with a relative who lives nearby and was relating the story of the huge dog and his visit to our yard. “Oh yes,” she said, “he has visited us too. He is a mighty big dog!”

On my next visit to the library, I visited with friends there and, again, brought up the tale of the huge dog wandering around the neighborhood. Three of them started nodding their heads in agreement, and the one nearest me stated, “He was at our place just yesterday. I tried to run him off in hopes he would go home, but the more I tried to shoo him away, the friendlier and more playful he became.”

Another friend laughed aloud and said, “I tried to shoo him away from our home too, but ended up playing fetch with him. He never did tire of the game, but he wore me out!”

The third friend sheepishly confessed, “When he was at our place, I was so afraid of his size that I didn’t go out the door until I was absolutely sure he was gone. That only took about four hours!”

To my amazement, when the newspaper came out the next week, there on the front page was a picture of the very same dog who had been visiting all around our community. It seemed he belonged to no one but was a friend to everyone. He would be the new mascot of the City Parks and Recreation Department and could be visited by appointment!

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C D Swanson 05/18/12
Awwwwwww. I loved it! I could see all of the images that you described in my mind's eye, come to life as I read.

I'm happy it had a "happy ending." This "tale" was really an adorable and fun read. Thank you!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/19/12
This is a cute story. It reminds me of the time when two huge white dogs ambled into our yard. My daughter yelled for me to come check out the polar bears. They did indeed look like bears.

I like where you went in regards to the topic. At first I worried that it was going to be way off topic and it might have been if this quarter was for the winners to be published in an anthology instead of in the FW magazine, which leaves a greater interpretation of the topic.

All in all, I thought it was a delightful story. I think it is sweet that the town sort of adopted him. You definitely covered the topic in a unique way. I'm with the lady who waited inside for four hours for the dog to leave. :)
Denene Humphrey05/22/12
So cute; I really enjoyed reading this! Did you make an appointment :)?
lynn gipson 05/24/12
I love this, absolutely love dogs and the people in the story. Great job.
C D Swanson 05/24/12
Congratulations! Nicely done. God Bless~