Bridget and the Burglar
Text + Drawings and Cover Design
Published by Arnold Lacock at Shakespir
Copyright 2015 © Arnold lacock
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A black Sausage with long floppy Ears
Bridget is a black Dachshund. Since she was a baby she wanted to be a big dog. The dogs at the kennels, where she grew up, always taunted her. Telling her she looked like a black sausage with long floppy ears and short fat legs. Even the smaller dogs made fun of her.
The only thing she was very proud of was her deep loud voice. She could bark louder than any of the smaller dogs and even some of the bigger ones. When she started barking she imagined herself to be one of the big dogs.
This annoyed the dogs and made them dislike her even more. “You will never get an owner. Nobody likes a sausage who barks with such a voice!” they mocked her which made her very sad.
Two big Dogs and a Cat
But one day someone did come to buy her. She was so happy to get away from all the nastiness. Unfortunately her new found happiness did not last long. When they arrived at her new home, she was greeted with much hostility by her new owner’s two big dogs, called Hero and Prince and a very cheeky cat, called Sylvester.
“Remember we were here first! So watch your step you little sausage dog!” they warned and growled at her.
Bridget the Lapdog
Luckily for her, her new owner, who was very nice, told her she was allowed inside the house during the day. Something that the two big dogs, who were now very upset, were not allowed. Sylvester, the cat, was also not to happy for he now had to share the house with Bridget.
The owner’s wife was also very friendly and often invited Bridget to sit on her lap. This Bridget really enjoyed. Especially when she was cuddled by her. Now and then she even got food from their table.
Fortunately Hero and Prince did not know about this. But they got more angry and annoyed when Bridget started running out to bark in her deep loud voice at anything passing the house.
A strange dim Light
“Is this really necessary? You wake us up every time you run out and make such a loud noise you silly lapdog!” they scolded her. But she was always quick to slip back through the little cat’s door into the house again.
At night time she slept on the back porch in her own little dog-box, while the other two slept in their dog-boxes in the back garden. Most of the time Sylvester was visiting friends after dark while he slept on a windowsill during the day.
One evening after dark the owner of the house and his wife went out. It was much later when something woke Bridget. When she looked up at one of the windows she saw a strange dim light moving around in the house.
Bridget the Brave
As quickly as she could she ran to the back-door and slipped in through the little cat’s door. Inside the house she could hear someone fiddling in her owner’s bedroom. Without hesitating she ran to the bedroom while barking as loud as she could.
Because it was dark inside and Bridget was dark in colour, the burglar could not see her and immediately thought she was a much bigger dog. He dropped everything and started running to the front door. But when he opened the door Prince and Hero were waiting for him.
Woken by Bridget’s loud barking the two big dogs immediately realized something was wrong and quickly ran to the front door. When the burglar opened the door they were on him and kept him down until the owner of the house got back.
Part of a Family
The owner and his wife arrived only minutes later. They were very proud of their two big dogs who were still gaurding the thief and gave each one a nice big bone. By that time Bridget was already back in her little dog-box.
But both Prince and Hero knew they did not really deserve the bones. So they went to Bridget looking very guilty and apologetic.They put the bones in front of her and said: “We’re very sorry about the things we said, little one. You were the actual hero tonight and you earned these bones. From now on we will respect you. You are now part of our family.”
All’s well that ends well…
That night Bridget slept like a small Dachshund baby. And Sylvester? The next morning he listened with tired eyes to the two big dog’s story about Bridget and the burglar. Then he yawned and went back to sleep on his usual windowsill.
About the Author
Arnold Lacock.is an ex-newspaper reporter/columnist/editor. He grew up in Bellville, Western Cape (South Africa). He studied Art and loves to paint when he’s not writing. He writes mainly poetry and fiction in Afrikaans and has written several plays. He is also involved in a cabaret (about love), which he wrote. He reads some of his poetry and prose in the production.
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Bridget is a black Dachshund. Since she was a baby she wanted to be a big dog. The dogs at the kennels, where she grew up, always taunted her. Telling her she looked like a black sausage with long floppy ears and short fat legs. But Bridget might be small, but she is also very brave, In Bridget and the Burglar you, the reader, will get to know this brave little dog This is the first book in a series of Five and is free..