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Friday, February 15, 2008

Haiku Friday - Volume 13 An Unexpected Surprise

Just two days ago
Molly found a little friend
in her own back yard.

Tiny Beagle pup
through the fence did crawl to play.
Lost and hungry pooch

stayed with us until
next door neighbors did arrive
home. To my dismay

no one recognized
active little puppy so
we all launched a search

figuring someone
had to be around who'd know
where the pup belonged.

Darkness fell with no
luck in sight ... and Molly grew
tired of this "pest"

playing with HER toys,
chewing on her sheepskin bed ...
Like an "only" child

Molly's jealousy
made it difficult for me
to maintain the peace.

After several hours,
MANY phone calls later a
frantic call came through.

Joyful, everyone
was relieved this ended well.
As the couple left

I suggested they
get a "tag" on their way home
so that when the pup

managed to escape
next time (as he likely will)
we can call direct!

Beagles I have owned
in the past delighted in
mischief of this sort!

Molly's happier
now that the "intruder" has
left her home in peace.

For a Mr. Linky to other Haiku Fridays
go to A Mommy Story.

Click for Haiku Friday Volume 14.

To see my previous Haikus,
click on the Haiku Friday label below this post.

Click for a Follow-Up 'Ku
Volume 33 - Baby Beagle Update

Thought for today
"Education is more than filling a child with fact. It starts with posing questions." D.T. Max


Jenni said...

My husband is a sucker for puppies and brings one home about 2-3 times a year. I always indulge him for a few minutes and then he gets the look and takes them back.

I'm glad you were able to find the owners.

Anonymous said...

I had to do Haiku's in my literature class in college a few semesters ago. You are very creative! Have a great weekend!!

Mary said...

Thank you for taking care of the puppy until its owners could be found. Give Molly a pat on the head and thank her as well. I dread to think what could have happened to the puppy had someone else found it.

Loved the Haiku.

storyteller said...

Jenni – I’m a sucker for puppies too and I have fond memories of previous Beagles who have shared my life. If we hadn’t found the owners, I might have been tempted to “adopt” him … though I suspect Molly wouldn’t have like that much.

Kat – I appreciate your thoughtful compliment on my creativity, yet I doubt Haiku masters would think much of these. I do have fun creating them and am happy to know folks like you enjoy visiting each week.

Mary – It’s hard to predict how people react to such things. Apparently my neighbor’s son found the pup, put it in their back yard for safe keeping then left. The pup crawled through a hole in the fence created by Molly … too small for her to get out herself, but big enough to her peer through in her nosy way … (and apparently large enough for the tiny puppy to crawl through). I’m glad to reunite the family with their puppy and hope they’ve learned a valuable lesson from this experience.

Thanks to you all for sharing your thoughts. I hope you have a delightful day and wonderful weekend!
Hugs and blessings,

Kat said...

Sassy beagles. I had a beagle and her nose constantly got her in trouble.
I'm glad this ended well too.
Great 'ku!

Karen said...

I'm so glad you took care of the puppy and diligently searched for the owners...but then, of course you did. You're exactly that type of person!

the planet of janet said...

i'm so glad this ended well... and isn't it funny how quickly you learned that your daughter isn't ready for a pet ;-)

the planet of janet said...

oops. not your daughter. i'm a dork and didnt read right. yeeesh.

storyteller said...

Kathryn – Ah Beagles are near and dear to my heart. They can be
quite challenging to live with because they’re so willfully stubborn, but they’re cute & endearing as well and loyal to a fault. It’s important to remember and honor the fact that they’re “hunters” who eagerly follow the scent wherever it leads.

Karen – Yup … just call me a sucker for puppies! Fortunately while I cared for the pup, my neighbors helped in the search and made many phone calls … so it was a joint effort.

Janet – Not to worry. It’s an easy mistake to make because so many of the Haiku Friday participants are young moms :--)

Interestingly the experience helped me to see that Molly really doesn’t want to share her living space with another fur-friend even though she loves to play with other dogs. Thanks to all of you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

suchsimplepleasures said...

i'm glad it ended well and molly didn't have an unwanted, permanent visitor!
have an awesome weekend!

VDog said...

WOW!! What a wonderful haiku. You are very talented.

I am so glad you stopped by my blog, since now I've found yours!

Thank you for the well wishes. Have a great weekend!

Eve said...

You are truly a nice lady to go to all the trouble to find the little fellow's family. Bless you!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

This TOTALLY warmed my heart. I'm partial to anything canine - this was perfect!

Danielle said...

Nice Haiku. Oh, I do love puppies. I'm glad the owners turned up!

Anonymous said...

I am glad Molly is happier.

I had to have a new phone - I dropped the other so much that I was glad it was time to renew.

storyteller said...

SSP – Yup … I’m relieved at how things turned out too.

Vdog – Thanks … I love Friday’s, writing Haikus, and visiting everyone out there in the virtual world. Nice to meet YOU too!

Eve – Well … I couldn’t let the little guy wander unsupervised with PCH so close could I? No sirree, it’s just too risky with all those cars whizzing along with an ocean view distracting drivers!

MamaGeek – I’m so happy to have brought you a bit of joy with my ‘Ku. Thanks so much for sharing these kind words.

Mama DB - Thank you. I love puppies too and sometimes wish they would STAY little (without the “indoor accidents” and “constant chewing on furniture & shoes” of course). LOL

AtomiK Kitten – Oh … I see and understand now. I’m hoping mine will last forever … just invested in a new battery that set me back almost as much as a new phone would have, but it’ll be fine as long as the phone keeps on working for me ;--)

Thank you all for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Do you count the lines or does the computer do it for you?

Anonymous said...

Oh, that sounds just like our old beagle. They live to do such things, I think. I hope his owners take your advice.

storyteller said...

Colleen – Hmmm … I’m not sure I understand the question, because I can’t fathom a computer counting anything, but I literally hear (not count) the syllables and the lines in my head and type them as I go. Haiku is a form that just comes naturally to me … perhaps because of my 34 years in the classroom?

AFF – I have had two beagles … Charly and Clyde … (thankfully not simultaneously or I might have lost my sanity). Charly hung around because he loved our terrier mix, Ralph … but Clyde managed to get out constantly no matter WHAT we did to thwart his attempts. They both serenaded the neighborhood while we were at work … even though each had the company of a fur-companion constantly. Molly’s a Labrador Retriever with her own quirks, but she’d never take off.

Thanks for the visit. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

Cathy said...

Glad to hear it all worked out.

storyteller said...

Me too ;--)
Thanks for stopping by this week.
Hugs and blessings,

Mother of Invention said...

I'm so glad of the happy ending here...for all, including Molly! Great haikus!

storyteller said...

MoI - Thanks ... you know how I love to write them each week and it's nice to be appreciated. Molly's much happier being any only child.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love haiku! How beautiful and how creative.

Sorry to be so late responding; I was 'overtaken by events.'

storyteller said...

Damozel – Thank your for the lovely feedback. I love writing Haiku and do it Fridays on each of my blogs. There are links to other Haiku in the sidebar under About Me. I understand “being taken over by events” … it’s happened to me more than I’d like to admit lately. All visits are much appreciated whenever they occur … and it’s fun to have you read and respond to something other than a T-13 for a change. I wish I had more time to visit more blogs regularly.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Aw, glad to hear the happy ending. Beagles are so adorable! Thanks for visiting my Haiku, too - I'm just now getting caught up ;)

storyteller said...

Maggie – You’re quite welcome and thanks for visiting, no matter how late. It sometimes takes me all week or more to catch up from T-13s and Haiku Fridays. It’s reassuring to know it happens to others as well. LOL
Hugs and blessings,

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

I'm glad that story
had a happy end for all,
most of all Molly!

storyteller said...

MPJ – Me too … and (as always) I love the Haiku response. Interestingly the little Beagle pup returned a couple of days ago for a brief visit, but this time I knew where he belonged and took him home.
Hugs and blessings,

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