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Rufuz and a friend contemplate swimming...



Rufuz & Kodiak contemplating a swim,

Kodiak loves the water, Rufuz thinks its only for drinking,

How can I tell, what the both are thinking?

Why, Rufuz and I have lived together for so long,

And Kodiak was a dog that loved water; he did not do any shrinking…


Eventually Kodiak did jump in, waving at Rufuz to join him,

But Rufuz was no fool; he knew if jumped in, he would sink like a stone,

Never did Rufuz have any swimming lessons, not like Kodiak, he could float prone,

So Rufuz still does not like water, baths he seems to shy away from as well,

But he doesn’t stink like some I know, only smells a bit like a dog, but oh well…


Rufuz will walk in it, up to a certain point,

But even if dad coaxes him, no way will he swim, allowing the water to him, anoint,

So, he can sit on the beach and watch daddy surf,

Or he can swim on out and ride the wave all the way in on dad’s board,

Or he can do as he always does and chases the gulls, and gets attention, never bored…


                           © ed – 6/22/04






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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

i thought all doggies knew how to swim...learned something new!

watch rufuz around those waves on the beach

cute write and LOVE the pic

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)

me, i LOVE to swim!
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire (Reader)
I think Rufuz is very smart. I would sit on the beach too because I have a feeling I would sink like a bolder.
Great writing.
Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader)
What a beautiful picture! Did you take it? If Rufuz doesn't like to swim, then he doesn't have to worry about drowning.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
well done Ed!!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Thanks for pointing this one out, Ed; I did miss it somehow.

That is a marvelous picture, of two obviously marvelous dogs. But me thinks Rufuz may be the smarter one. Is that the glowing green toxic creek you talk about?!

One of my favorite dogs, Pepper, would never jump into the water herself; she insisted that I throw her in; but once she was in that water, she became a fish!
Reviewed by Lori Moore
Cute, but I'm not sure Rufuz knows what he's missing.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Thanks for such a fun sharing :-)
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott
Beautiful work, Ed & Rufuz...~Z~
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