Who is Melody? Melody is the heroine of my book; a little, black cuckoo who realizes one day that the purpose of her life was to sing. But how could she sing when Monsieur Tar-tar, the bull-frog who tutors her brothers, the four crows, Doray, MeFar, Sola and Tidoo thinks she has an awful voice. Even her single mom, Maggie Hatchery, pities Melody but she does want her to get her chance. And her chance comes when the falcon king, King Koo-tan – kha – Amen or King Koo-Toot, the King of Bird Land announces a world –wide singing contest in order to find a new court entertainer to replace the old one, Madame KuuKuuuu, who has being throwing too many tantrums. What no one knows, including the folks of Jungle-Land, is that Madame Kuukuuuu is Melody’s biological mother who had abandoned Melody in Maggie’s nest so that she could pursue her dreams of becoming a star. Melody, now trained by Senor Julio, the blind, reclusive thrush is a virtuoso songstress and trounces the competition in spite of the shenanigans of KuuKuuuu and replaces her as the new court entertainer. But can life in a golden age be happy? Melody now longs for the freedom of Jungle-land but she is under a contract. She becomes depressed and, one day, is truly cuckoo ! What happens next ? # books #writing # #humor # funny
Sometimes I wonder if my life has any purpose at all . I mean I know I am a dog and all that but what is a dogs’s purpose ?
I had a chat with some of my friends one day on this subject and this is what they had to say
Toby ( a labradoodle) : A dog’s purpose ? What do you mean ? We have a purpose ? I thought we were just meant to chase balls and then chase more balls and never stop chasing balls . We can even chase flat balls that go spinning in the air when my master throws it . ( Toby doesn’t know the difference between a frisbee and a ball , it’s all the same to him )
Bella ( a good looking female golden retriever ): Master, what is a master ? Those folks who live with us . That is our pack. And we are the leader of the pack . Don’t we always walk in front and allow them to hold our leash so that they don’t get lost. And , when we do our business they have to pick it up and dispose it off . It’s sad but till they invent a better poop scooper they have to do it !
Trumpet : True , but as usual Toby has made us forget what we were talking about !
Archie ( who is English ): Bow wow Bow wow , lets go play !
Roscoe ( who has one blue eye and one brown and is a mutt ) : Archie is very young , he is not going to understand all this high falutin’ talk ! But I agree with Toby, running after balls is our purpose and it’s a pleasure to be sure .
Bella : Mindlessly running after balls may be fun but does it serve any purpose ? And for who ?
Apollo: What about the purpose of a ball? Personally I think it is to get the ball, and keep it until you rip it apart! My master always yells at me for ruining it, isn’t that what the purpose of a ball is.
(This sentence was Ambika’s contribution- she has the makings of a writer! )
Roscoe : Bow wow , here’s another fella going off on a tangent again . Keep to the subject man. We are talking about a dog’s purpose not the ball’s purpose !
Bella : Yes, but he’s got something there ! If our purpose is to rip balls then is the balls purpose to be ripped ? So, if it is our purpose to lord over our masters ( I try to be polite and call them assistants to their face and in polite company ) then isn’t it the masters purpose to continue being slaves ?
Apollo : This is getting very confusing . Who is the master who is the slave !
Toby : That’s why I say let’s not muddle our heads with this master , slave , purpose nonsense and just go on chasing balls !
Archie : Arf, Arf , I agree let’s go play !
Roscoe : What’s this Arf business ? Can’t you bark like normal dogs ?!
Trumpet : He’s English. An English golden retriever , he speaks differently ! That’s why he is more white than golden !
Bella ( looking up ) : That’s interesting . I guess that’s why we are called a melting pot. If you mix white, yellow, brown and black you do get a golden colour !
Roscoe ( who has one blue eye and one brown ) : (chuckling ) Some call it khakhi ! Ha ha ha
Nitro arrives and hears the last bit .
Nitro : Yup ! Not white and pure as driven snow any longer ..,
Trumpet : Hey, hey fella , where have you come from , trying to make trouble ?
Apollo : He is fresh off the boat . Anyway Roscoe, you are a fine one to talk , you one eyed Jack !
Roscoe : Hey, hey why are you taking off on me dude. I am not the one making trouble , it’s the fella with a name who is as incendiary as his name .
Archie : Let’s go play ball , please, please , pretty please !
Bella : Nitro, you are in our zone . We are not going to let an outsider make trouble .
Nitro : ( sarcastically) Yeah, sure. You don’t NEED an outsider . You are capable of doing it yourselves !
Archie : Please let’s not fight . Let’s go play !
Roscoe : Keep quiet, you foolish little English mutt . Can’t you see we are discussing grown up stuff . Go and play by yourself .
Archie : All right then toodle doo to you . I am going to go .
Nitro : Yes exit . Since you are British do it the British way . Just Brexit.
Archie runs off his tail wagging playfully . He shouts over his shoulder
Archie : It’s better to be alone and play than to be with many and fight . Cheerio , pip pip and all that .
Nitro : Little does he know what’s waiting for him around the corner.
Bella : I think you are a trouble maker Nitro . What is waiting for him around the corner . How do you get this information ?
Roscoe : I hope he is not the source of it . Or his friends .
Nitro : Well, you mutts , it’s time for us pure ones to rule and we are going to take care of it .
Trumpet : And how are you going to do that , O pure one ?
Nitro : It’s a super secret plan. I am not so stupid as to reveal it . But, it’s going to take care of all of you mutts and put you in your place . Ha ha ha . Wait and watch
Trumpet to Roscoe : Doggone it, I have to get my K-9 unit in place then cause this fella sure looks like he is going to stir the pot a bit !
Bella: ( sighs ) Why can’t we stick to the subject ? As usual our discussion is hijacked by unwanted elements . No wonder we can never get anywhere , just round and round , chasing our own tails ! Oh well , one day we will find out what is a dog’s purpose ? !
It’s not easy for a dog with long , golden hair to be ignored. Regular brushing is a must and it behoves the well mannered owner to be suitably invested in our grooming . After all every dog is just a reflection of his masters personality. In fact , look carefully . Every dog owner not only resembles his dog but his personality is also akin to his dog . If the dog is amiable, calm and laidback , the owner is likely to be similarly tempered. And if a dog looks calm but will suddenly nip your ankles watch out if the owner is your friend . Tee hee . If you don’t believe me take a look at some dogs and their owners ! By owner I mean the person who got the dog , looks after it and the dog responds to him.
If this material is copyrighted I apologize but I did take permission from the dogs featured in the photos .
It’s back to school for the kids and they have been hunting for bagpacks and pencil boxes. As for me I have been busy shepherding my pack in the right direction. After all, the flock has to be safe in the pen, safe from the wolves that skulk in the shadows waiting to prey on unsuspecting teenagers and kids.
Now you will ask who are these wolves and what do I have against them ? After all I am from the wolf family too. Then why the animosity towards them .
You have got the wrong end of the stick if you think I am talking about wolves from the animal kingdom. No siree bob, there is a twist in this tail. The wolves in question are the human wolves, far far more dangerous than the animal ones. And ever ready to prey on unsuspecting, innocent and fragile young lambs.
So now the question is how do I keep the children in my pack safe ? The answer is just by being there, Yes siree bob again. Just by being in their lives is a huge safety net for the children . Children with dogs and dogs with children go together like macaroni and cheese. One dog will do things which the combined force of parents,police force and the education system cannot do.
Just our presence will keep the child grounded, busy, responsible . Our positive energy will beat back the negative energy of human wolves. At the cost of repeating myself for the zillionth time – DOG spelt backwards is , you got it ! And once you get a dog for your kids God will forever hold them in the palm of his hands.
The last phrase is from a famous Irish blessing which goes something like this
” May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
So until we meet again on this website BOW WOW ! ( in this case it’s your turn to BOW to the WOW in us dogs 🐕 🐶! )