BC: And That is how the Dog got his Bark
1: By: Matthew Stevenson
2: Once upon a time there was an old enchanted oak tree and a dog who loved to play and spend time with the tree.
3: They played checkers, fetch, and hide-and-go seek, but the dog could always find the tree very easily. So they did not play hide -and-go seek very often. The dog loved the tree, and the tree loved the dog.
4: There was only one problem, the dog had no way to communicate with anyone, not even his friend, the tree. The enchanted tree was able to talk, he did, only to the dog. All the animals in the forest could communicate with one another, the birds sang their sweet songs, the frogs had their croak, and the crickets chirped.
6: The dog felt sad that he could say nothing to the other animals. Because he never spoke, the other animals thought the dog was rude and snooty. The dog was very lonely, but grateful for his friendship with the tree.
7: One day, while walking across a fallen tree, the dogged slipped off and fell into the pond. The dog was not a strong swimmer, he could barely dog-paddle. Not able to call out, the dog struggled and eventually made it to the shore. Exhausted and cold, the dog cried as he wished he could have called out for help.
8: He went to sit with his friend the tree, who always made him feel better. The enchanted oak was very wise and seemed to understand the dog and his sadness. The tree reached down and with one of his branches, stroked the dog, all the while telling his friend, everything would be all right.
10: Later, that same week, the dog, after playing with the tree, went in search of something to eat. He soon came upon a woodsman heading toward the enchanted oak. The dog knew that the tree was napping and would not be aware of the approaching woodsman. He ran as fast as he could, but was too late. The woodsman was swinging his ax swiftly.
12: The dog jumped up on the woodsman and bit at his ankles, only to get kicked away. As the ax struck the tree, the dog saw that his friend was awake and in great pain. The dog was desperate to stop the woodsman from chopping down the oak and tried wildly to get him to stop. When the mighty oak fell to the ground, the dog lay next to him and sobbed. He felt responsible, if only he could have warned the tree that the woodsman was coming so his friend could hide.
14: The enchanted oak was dying and with his last breath he told the dog to take his bark. The dog reached down and bit off the tree’s bark.
16: At that very moment, the enchanted tree disappeared and in it’s place stood a beautiful dogwood (a tree without bark.)
17: From that day on the dog could communicate with the other animals, made many friends, and was always sure to warn everyone of danger.