There’s a legend in the canine community about a little Scotch terrier named Angus, who conquered all the odds, the doubters and the naysayers to achieve greatness. Now, Angus came from the wrong side of the tracks, an orphan who hung out with his two best friends, Helen, a Collie, and Hans, a Dachshunds – or Sausage dog, so named due to their long narrow build; but a greater pair of misfits you will never find, the best of buddies who stuck with each other through thick and thin. Even when Angus told them that he dreamt of becoming a watch dog.
Yes, that’s right, a watch dog; Angus the puny little Scotch terrier always yearned to be a guard dog, which brought him much ridicule, teasing and bullying from the other canines of the neighborhood, even in the feline community he was the butt of many jokes during the neighborhoods cats regular Friday night milk crawl. But Helen and Hans stuck by him, and with their blessing a determined Angus set out to achieve his dream. This made Helen a little sad however, as she had silently had a crush on Angus for a long time, a secret love that the little terrier failed to notice.
He applied for admittance into the local guard dog training school. He passed the physical and was accepted, although the tough as nails drill Sergeant Rolf, a fierce German Shepherd, saw Angus as a joke and nothing else. But Angus was there for one reason and one reason only, to become a watch dog. And that’s when hell began for poor Angus. The other recruits, big, bully Alsatians’ and even bulldogs, looked down on this young upstart with contempt. Even Sergeant Rolf came down hard on Angus demanding his SDOC – ‘Self Drop Out Certificate’. But Angus wouldn’t hear of it and no matter what they threw at the little guy during training he overcame it all, even managing to outdo the other recruits on the obstacle course; for you see being small has its advantages especially when it came to squeezing through the tunnels, and not even the high jumping wall could stop him, it took him many attempts but in the end he managed to claw his way over that as well.
On top of all this, there was of course, Brenda, an uptown Poodle, who always managed to set tongues wagging amongst the recruits. When Angus saw her he fell madly and instantly in love, but Brenda didn’t give him a second look, to her he was a nobody she only had eyes for the bigger dogs, who offered her bones of varying sizes to try and gain her favor. With his heart crushed, Angus, soldiered on, graduated, and then sat around waiting for his first assignment. But it never came; they still didn’t believe he could do the job. They still thought he was too small, not fast enough and the most hurtful comment of all: ‘His bark was worse than his bite’.
Angus became more despondent and was on the verge of calling it quits when the hand of fate stepped in. Charley, an Alsatian called in sick, after hurting his paw while chasing cars; a very popular extreme sport amongst the canine community. But with Charley on the sidelines there was no one to take his shift at the warehouse that night, and so with no other option Angus was sent in.
And that my friends is when Angus became a hero, for you see it was that night that the warehouse was burgled, and Angus was force to take on three crooks – count them – one – two – three – but he didn’t flinch, he was like a fur ball of fury, charging in and around the burglars feet, nipping at their ankles taking them done one by one.
Afterwards Angus’ fame grew and he became one of the greatest watchdogs of all time, and that’s saying a lot for a Scotch terrier, and in time he became a fierce force against the criminal underworld and was awarded many accolades. In fact he became so popular that Brenda, the Poodle from uptown started making eyes at him. But he wasn’t interested in someone who couldn’t see beneath the exterior to the loving dog inside. Besides by this time Angus had realized that Helen, his long time friend was the gal for him, proving that it doesn’t matter what size you are or where you come from, you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it, after all Angus did it and he was just a little dog.
Copyright © 2011 by Peter Jessop