How The Dog Got Its Snout

A story from my 5th-grade self

Photo by Krisztian Tabori on Unsplash

One day while Fish was swimming Dog trotted up to Fish. Dog had always wanted fish’s long snout and was determined to get it.

“Shall we have a race?,” Dog asked Fish.

Fish replied, “Yes, but what will the prize be?”

Dog answered, “How about if I win you shall give me your snout, but if I lose you shall keep it?

“That’s fine,” Fish replied.

“We will race up and down the lake, okay?” Dog asked.

“Okay,” said Fish, “but I will have to swim.”

“That’s fine,” Dog told Fish.

“Now we shall race,” Dog ordered. “On your mark. Get set. Go!” Dog and Fish took off.

Dog ran hard and Fish swam hard but Dog won.

Fish swam up quickly after Dog and gave Dog his snout regretfully.

Dog said to himself, “I am glad I am so smart.”

Fish said to himself, “I need to improve my brains.”

I found this treasure of a story when going through a huge container of my writing (mostly college papers) that had lived in the attic for quite awhile. Among the typed essays was this fable-like story that I penned and illustrated when I was in the 5th grade. Finding this piece of writing from so many years ago, when I was but a child, affirmed that I have indeed always been a writer. I’m glad I found it and am tickled to share it now with you.

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