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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: The Escapades of Rikki Dean
By Misti Chancellor
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Oh, first, I need to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m part Aussie. That means I’m smart. At least, that’s what they say. I don’t know what the other part of me is, so maybe that part of me isn’t as smart.
Okay, about my escapades. I pulled a pretty good one last night. As soon as it got nice and dark, I pushed some boards off the fence by the garage. My owner shouldn’t complain too much. I went and rustled the bushes and told her I was going on a walk. I think I might have scared her, though. I didn’t stick around to find out. I just trotted off down the street.
At first, I just ran around the neighborhood, visiting my friends who were stuck behind fences. They’re not as smart as me, so they didn’t get out. Then, as I was sniffing the ground, I smelled something bad. I followed my nose to an empty house on a quiet street at the back of the neighborhood. At least, it was supposed to be empty. There was a bad man, there, though. He shut me up in the back yard for a while. I guess he thought I would stay there. He didn’t know that I’m named after that Whodeanee guy, though. I stayed there, and sniffed around for a few hours, trying to gather as much information as I could about the place. Then, I made my escape.
As soon as I got back to my house, I barked to let my owner know I was home again. I was so nice. She came outside, but she couldn’t catch me. She went and got the boy, though. I tried to get away, but he tackled me. I let them put me back into the back yard. They tied me up with a cable. I let them sleep for a few hours.
After I’d rested a bit, I thought I should have my owner go back with me. I didn’t want that bad man to hurt any of my friends. So, I barked and barked. My owner wasn’t too happy with me. She kept telling me to be quiet. I think she was upset. She was trying to untangle a cable, and she looked like she was tired. I don’t think she knew what I was trying to tell her. She put me on a longer cable and went back inside.
I had to go back and see if the bad man was still there. I didn’t know that the cable would get stuck, though. I couldn’t go back through the fence, but I couldn’t leave either. I barked and barked and barked. She came outside again, and this time she had the boy with her. They put me back inside the fence, and this time they used a shorter chain to tie me up. They still didn’t understand what I was trying to tell them.
When she went inside, she must have talked to someone who understands what dogs say. She came outside with her shoes on and put my leash on me. She let me lead the way, and I took her to the house where the bad man was. When we got there, I stopped. I think she understood because she pushed some buttons on a bone-sized thingy and then talked to someone. After that, we walked back home. She put me back outside in the yard, and after a little while she left.
I think someone came and took care of the bad man. At least, that’s what the other dogs in the neighborhood told me. My owner put the boards back on the fence and banged on it with this big metal thing. I didn’t like the noise. I can’t get out that way now, so I can’t check to see if the bad man is gone. I’ll have to see if I can find some other way to escape and have another escapade. But, for now, I’m pretty sure that I did my job and the bad man is gone from my neighborhood.
That’s all for now; this is Rikki Dean signing off.
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