The three hounds were lounging in the shade of a big oak. They were discussing
their plans for the evening.
"It's so dang hot in this place, Dingy, lets go out to the pond. Maybe we can
stir up a little action." said Shags. He earned his name from his looks. A big, overweight, shaggy, brown sheppard.
"Aw, shad-up, Shags, I don't even want to think of action until that sun goes down.
Must be 110 degrees in this shade."
"What about you, Mangy? You up to it?"
Mangy, yawning, got up, turned around, scratched himself, and lay back down.
"Nah, maybe later."
Shags wandered over closer to the tree trunk, scratched out a fresh place to lie down.
"Ahh, that's good, cool dirt."
He then joined his friends in sleep, waiting for sun to go down.
"Hey, Shags! wake up, you lazy, good for nothing! The sun's down, let's go do
Mangy! Let's go, buddy!"
Mangy stood up, stretching his long body to its limit, shook the dirt off, and trotted
over to join his buddies.
"What we gonna do? Got it figured it out yet?"
Mangy was a follower, he always had been. He was a medium size Cocker Spaniel.
He used to be a reddish color, but lack of good food and neglected grooming had changed him into one ugly dog. He didn't mind
though, it made him look mean, so he was usually left alone.
"Nah, let's walk down the street, I gotta find a drink of water. My tongues
swelled up double, I'm so dry." Dingy answered. He was a natural leader. A big, black Great Dane.
He was a good looking dane, not too bright, though. He'd left his ranch last year because of a woman. He
didn't want responsibilities, but he sure missed the ranch.
They walked several blocks, and found water. Mangy knocked over a couple of
garbage cans along the way, to grab a quick meal. They walked out past the last stop sign of the dusty small town.
The drive-inn out there always had hamburgers available in the cans.
"Let's go out to the pond. We could maybe go swimming to cool off a little."
"Sure, sounds like fun. Let's go." said Mangy.
They continued on their way down the road towards the pond. Loping and trotting,
chasing a bird or two. It was finally cooling off, and they were ready for action. Up ahead they saw an old pickup
truck parked beside the road. They were not curious, as old pickup trucks were all over town. They didn't want
to run into the men, though, they usually yelled and threw rocks. Not seeing anyone, they trotted on to pass the truck,
when they noticed the three babes in the back.
"Whoa! Lookie here, boys! Shepards, good looking, too. What do you
think? Should we introduce ourselves?"
"Ah, Dingy, look at them, they wouldn't want to talk to us. They are class acts."
Mange walked up to the truck though, and began a conversation. He seemed to
be getting along, so Dingy and Shags swaggered over.
Mange noticed the truck was running. Dumb men had not turned the motor off.
Stupid of them, didn't they know someone might steal it? It didn't bother him long though, as he began to get acquainted
with Cheeka, Mooky, and Minka. Good looking babes, he thought.
They found out two things in about two minutes. The ladies wouldn't mind
going for a swim, and the men had walked out in the field to hunt rabbits. So, they would be gone awhile. Dingy
had learned to drive a truck on the ranch, so it was natural that they all piled in, headed for the pond.
Dingy was back in his element now. Driving down the road, the wind blowing through
his hair, a woman by his side. It had been a long time, and he realized how much he had missed it. The driving,
When they reached the pond, everyone jumped out and into the water, everyone but Dingy.
He didn't want to swim half as much as he wanted to drive, lady or not. So, as his friends were enjoying themselves,
he drove the truck in wider and wider circles, howling with laughter.
Cheeka said, "What's with that dumb dog? He's been going in circles for fifteen
minutes. Isn't he going to swim?" She wasn't used to being ignored, and didn't like it.
"Call him in, take us home. Come on Minka, Mooky, shake your selves dry."
Minka and Mooky whined a little, but obeyed. Shags and Mange whined too, but
they took off after Dingy. That boy was messing up everything!
They chased the truck until they got close enough to jump inside. They
were excited, and were all barking at the same time. Dingy couldn't figure out what they were trying to say, he was
just having the time of his life. His foot got heavy on the gas, just as Shags grabbed the wheel trying to get him to
"The pups, Dinge! They're leaving! Cheeka's mad cause you won't pay attention
to her! Come on, man!" whined Mange.
With Shags holding the wheel, and Dingy pressing the gas pedal, the truck went into
the pond, where it died.
"Ah, Shags! look what you done! You killed it!" howled Dingy.
Mange whined as he saw the ladies hit the road.
The hounds walked back to town through the fields, avoiding the road, and the men
who belonged to the pickup truck. They yell and throw rocks.
The next day, the three hounds were lounging in the shade of the old Oak tree.
"I bet it's 120 degrees today, what do you want to do when the sun goes down?" asked